Why have Huddle Rooms become so popular?

Huddle Rooms: who needs them?

Huddle spaces have become all the rage and have made collaboration in small groups easier than ever. They are not only a cost-effective alternative to a single large boardroom, but they eliminate the cumbersome process of room booking and facilitate informal closeness and ad hoc conversation for those who want to meet quickly. Considering that there has been an increase in collaborative workflows, huddle spaces have become the perfect solution for many corporate spaces. 

Key features of Huddle Rooms

Regardless of installed furniture or technology, huddle spaces are:

  • Small and intimate — they typically accommodate groups of 2 – 5 people.

  • Versatile — huddle spaces are available as-needed to support any business objective and they are outfitted with a range of furniture, equipment, and AV technology (such as videoconferencing and touch screens) to support these needs.

  • Informal — if you need a quick conversation with co-workers, huddle rooms let you drop-in and out when needed.

  • All about spontaneous collaboration — they enable a spontaneous, collaborative flow of information.

So why are Huddle Rooms becoming so popular?

Business people meeting informally to strategise and share ideas is nothing new, but several key trends are fuelling the desire to create more huddle rooms. Among these are:

Flexibility

Many smaller meeting rooms eliminate issues with scheduling meetings since it is more likely that a room is available immediately, meaning that there is less need to book in advance. This also increases productivity because meetings can be called spontaneously to resolve urgent problems, and colleagues who are out of the office can be contacted and included using the AV facilities. 

Productivity

Often, when meetings are held in large boardrooms, time is wasted because a large number of attendees are invited, even though their presence may not be required. Contrastingly, smaller meeting rooms increase productivity since only the relevant employees are in attendance with a smaller group of people. This means that there is a higher chance that definite plans can be made in a more concise and effective manner. 

Mobility

Huddle rooms provide a space where employees both in and out of office can share information quickly and efficiently. In a smaller space set up with the correct AV technology, it is easy to contact others no matter where they are and include them in team discussions to provide updates and resolve problems.

Economical

While large conference rooms are expensive to set up and are not cost-effective if the facilities are rarely used, huddle rooms are just the opposite. This is because they are smaller rooms which do not require powerful AV technology, such as microphones and video equipment, and there is a greater chance that the space will be used more often for its intended purpose — therefore increasing productivity among employees.  


Home Cinema Projector Guide

Setting up your own home cinema has never been as easy as it is today, but there are a few things you need to take into account in order to get exactly what you’re looking for.

This guide will discuss a few important things you need to consider when making your choice…

Resolution

The most common resolution for home cinema projectors is currently 1080p, however there are now 4K ultra HD projectors which have a much higher resolution. 4K delivers the best results for home cinemas since on most screen sizes you won’t see the individual pixels, meaning it produces a smooth, high quality image.

However, don’t forget that your source material will make a big difference to the quality of your projected image. High quality sources are best viewed on projectors that do justice to high definition source material. Therefore, if you’re investing in 4K content such as Blu-Ray, then you might want to consider investing in a 4K home cinema projector to get the most out of what you’re paying for. 

Contrast Ratio 

This is the ratio between the white and black areas in an image. The larger the contrast ratio of a projector, the greater the difference between the brightest whites and the darkest blacks a projector can deliver. In practice, higher contrast ratios mean a better image because there is a higher level of projected brightness, which means your image appears less faded.

Brightness

Projector brightness is measured in ANSI lumens. Home theatre projectors generally start out at about 1000 lumens and range upwards to 2500 lumens and more. The number of lumens your projector needs depends on your viewing environment. It is better to have the room dark with as little ambient light as possible since this will not require as much brightness. 

Throw Ratio

Throw is the distance between the projector and the projection surface. Throw ratio is the relationship between that distance and the width of the projected image. For example, if a projector has a 2:1 throw ratio, then for every  2 feet increase in distance, the projected image will widen by 1 foot.

Therefore, depending on how far away your projector will be, you should make sure the throw ratio is sufficient to fill the surface you’ll be projecting onto.

Lamp Life 

Finally, don’t forget to consider the ongoing maintenance and cost requirements of your new home cinema system. Most home cinema projectors typically have a lamp life of between 2,000 and 5,000 hours, but this refers to the "half-life" of the lamp which is the point at which the lamp is half as bright as it was when it was new. Longer lamp life means lower maintenance costs as you won’t need to replace the projector lamp as frequently. 

However, if you want to avoid maintenance costs, laser projectors are an increasingly popular alternative championed for their cost efficiency and high quality images.

New Products Catching Our Attention

The first product featuring on this weeks blog is the OpusCube Fine Pixel LED Video Wall, designed by Opus Brilliance.

Opus Brilliance are planning on unveiling a fine pixel pitch LED video wall called the OpusCube. The OpusCube panels have a flat back and will be two inches thick when installed on the wall, as there are zero external cables.

Notable features of the OpusCube include:

- Seamless panel integration

- Low/no heat

- Fan free and quiet operation

- A six-axis perfect alignment system 

Each cube display is 640x360x55 millimeters and it uses 24-bit color processor has a refresh rate of 3840Hz. Each cube is also fully front serviceable for easy maintenance and includes a specially designed magnetic tile removal tool to easily remove and replace the modules. The video wall can either be wall or hanging/flown mounted and is only 2 inches deep with no external cables and a flat back for mounting. 

 

The second term featured on this weeks blog is Extron’s new TLP Pro 525T tabletop TouchLink Pro Touchpanel.

Their new 5″ tabletop model features a high-performance·quad-core processor as well as promising eight times more memory and an 800×480 capacitive touchscreen built with scratch and smudge-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass.

The TLP Pro 525T accepts PoE — Power over Ethernet, which amazingly allows it to receive power and communication over a single Ethernet cable.

All TouchLink Pro touchpanels can be customised using Extron’s GUI Designer software. This interface design software offers ready-to-use templates for a wide variety of rooms and presentation environments. These designs may be used as is, or equally can be customized for the application by simply changing individual graphic elements.