Playful and chic
In common with its stablemates, the M1/M1+ portable projectors, the ViewSonic M1 mini LED pocket cinema projector has been awarded an iF Design Award 2020 for its ultra-compact form factor and design excellence. Notable design features include swappable coloured top plates; a 2-in-1 lens cap and adjustable stand, which, combined with the 90° lens swivel, enables ceiling projection; and a built-in power bank and speakers. The 300g lampfree projector requires a projection throw distance of just 1.2 metres, supports images up to 60 inches and connects to any mobile via HDMI or WiFi (with the M1 mini Plus).
There’s the hub
Konica Minolta has expanded its bizhub i-Series with three new colour A3 MFPs. Featuring print speeds of 45, 55 and 65 pages per minute, the bizhub C450i, C550i and C650i come with powerful scanning features including a 280ipm scan speed and a 300-sheet dualscan document feeder. Newly developed widget technology, which supports operation of applications directly from the MFP home screen, and access to multiple applications via the Konica Minolta Marketplace pre-installed on every device reinforce the devices’ position at the heart of office workflows.
All join in
Conferencing company StarLeaf is bringing out a number of new meeting room solutions, including StarLeaf Huddle, which turns any small space into a collaboration hub. The all-in-one solution comes complete with a microphone, wide-angle camera, touchscreen and Pronto Cable USB, with optimised cable management for smaller spaces. Also new are StarLeaf MultiJoin for joining meetings run on Microsoft Teams (via CVI partners), Microsoft Skype for Business, Zoom, Webex, BlueJeans and Pexip; and StarLeaf for Teams, which integrates StarLeaf video meetings with collaboration tools in Microsoft Teams. This allows users to meet with anyone, on any device and create, schedule and launch a StarLeaf meeting directly from the Teams app and Outlook calendar.
No dead zones
Nureva’s HDL200 audio conferencing system offers the same consistent audio pickup as the award-winning HDL300 system but is purpose-built for smaller meeting rooms of up to 18 square feet. With 10 front-facing microphones, it is powered by patented Microphone Mist technology, which fills a meeting space with thousands of virtual microphones so that everybody can be heard no matter how softly they speak or in what direction they are facing. The HDL200 can be mounted above or below a display, on a wall or on a stand and has the option of a magnetic camera mount and display mount.
Bedford-based housing association bpha is taking its use of lone worker protection systems to the next level by trialling body-worn cameras. Four of its officers will trial SoloProtect ID Pro badges integrated with a camera that starts recording as soon as a user activates a ‘Red Alert’ on their device. Video is streamed directly to a SoloProtect Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) where it is managed in a GDPR-compliant fashion. If successful, the technology will be rolled out to staff in areas where concerns or incidents have been recorded. Bpha has 400 employees and manages 19,000 homes across the Oxford to Cambridge arc.
Crowdsourced testing leader Applause has released an accessibility tool to help customers make digital experiences more inclusive. A product of Applause Labs, the company’s ‘innovation engine’, the free download automatically finds and fixes common accessibility issues, such as nondescriptive error alerts, unclear site and page structures and lack of support for navigation by keyboard. Applause says sites will still need to be fully evaluated by accessibility experts but points out that flagging violations of accessibility standards while developers code saves time later in the development process.
Following the recent launch of its Window-based Mesa 3 rugged tablet, Juniper Systems Limited is bringing out an Android version with Google Mobile Services. The IP68-rated device features an octa-core processor from Qualcomm, providing the speed and flexibility needed to run processorintensive applications in the field; 6GB of RAM; the option of extra storage via a microSD card; and a hotswappable battery for all-day working.