New Designs in Mounts and Furniture at CES
If it's true that a broad range of smarter and sharper TVs are beginning to receive an almost unprecedented amount of attention in the CE industry, it stands to reason that manufacturers of AV furniture and mounts will also have more than enough reason to be excited in 2013. Here's a rundown of some of the more innovative furniture pieces and mounts that are being highlighted by manufacturers this year.
Sanus is rolling out out its Alabaster Collection, a furniture line featuring pre-assembled AV stands with hardwood construction. Model ACV53 fits 60-inch TVs and features slow-close hardware, a built-in power strip and a pullout bottom shelf. Also new from Sanus is a 42-inch tall media console and a low-slung, 73-inch wide stand with built-in ventilation and enough room for an 80-inch TV.
The company is also introducing four new iPad Mounts, designed for on-wall, under cabinet, desk, or magnetic surface applications. Built of forged aluminum, the mounts' pivoting connector allows for 360 degrees of rotation.
Sanus is also taking the opportunity in 2013 to promote a pet project, TVSafety.org, which was created to educate consumers about the surprisingly high numbers of children killed each year from TV tip-overs. "It's a totally preventable tragedy," says senior marketing channel manager Lauren Theobald, "especially since we have mounts and TV straps for every budget." Sanus' Anti-Tip Strap ($24.99) works with TVs up to 60 inches.
OmniMount/Ergotron are offering up a portfolio of "home office products that are healthy and entertainment products that are interactive" this year, as company president Geoff Miller puts it. The company's ActionMount line features workstations for home and office that can be height-adjusted into sitting or standing positions. Both the WORK15 and the WORK20 are equipped with Ergotron's patented cam spring technology known as Constant Force; it allows for fluid, one-touch adjustments of a PC's keyboard and monitor. The DESK65, meanwhile, is a simple birch or walnut desk (47.6" x 23.5") that raises and lowers without the use of tools or motors.
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