Materials company Aruliden has partnered with Google Workspace to create a touchscreen that combines Google’s conferencing software with interactive hardware and noise-canceling capabilities.
Part of the Google Series One line, the Desk 27 is designed to update conference calling technology to meet the needs of the home workforce. It has been nominated for the Dezeen Awards 2022 in the Workplace Design category.
Aruliden has partnered with Google Workspace and technology company Avocor to bring Wi-Fi, Created a meeting system that uses a purpose-built touch screen and noise cancellation technology.
The Desk 27 rests on a tablet and can also act as a monitor and dock for laptops, while another version of the Board 65 series stands alone as a whiteboard.
“We approached the design of Desk 27 and Board 65 by envisioning the style of the meeting room and how meetings could be optimized with a versatile hardware solution to provide meetings with an inclusive and comfortable meeting experience,” says Aruliden co-founder Johan. Liden
Desk 27 has two colors; Includes charcoal and chalk. It has a 5-megapixel camera and a 10-inch touchscreen controller, with a layout familiar to those already using Google’s conferencing technology.
Having as few wires as possible was an important aspect of the design, Aruliden said, adding that the system was designed with a power-over-Ethernet cable.
The system also features an integrated sound bar with dual-microphone arrays. The hardware runs Google’s TrueVoice voice system, which the company says uses AI to reduce background noise and clear speech.
“This removes distracting noises like eating or typing on a keyboard, but the sounds are crystal clear,” Aruliden said.
The soundbar can handle up to 44 different channels simultaneously and includes options for large conference calls and closed captioning and headset use.
“Desk 27’s sculptural form makes it approachable, while its subtle surface dressing and matte finish allow it to blend into any environment,” says Aruliden. “The tiltable desk allows you to view the screen whether you’re sitting or standing.”
Through the Jamboard application; The screen can also function as a whiteboard, with a small docking station for a digital stylus below the screen.
Aruliden also said that the device is built to work best with Google Meet, but any meeting software can be used on the device.
According to the group, Recycled materials were also used for the design. The polycarbonate-and-ABS housing uses “post-consumer recycled content”; It adds that the fabric covers contain recycled polyester and nylon.
Aruliden was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in New York City. Other products from the brand include a wearable “fitness coach” that tracks health metrics and provides comfort without a screen.
The firm has designed large-scale projects such as the retail space for womenswear brand Jonathan Simkhai in New York City.