Humanscale to Showcase Latest Ergonomic Innovations at NeoCon East 2012

Diffrient Smart™ Task Chair, Freedom® 2.0 Task Chair and Element Disc™ Task Light Among New Solutions on Display


Karen Brooking

BALTIMORE, October 17, 2012 — Ergonomics leader Humanscale will be attending this year’s NeoCon East, presenting its latest ergonomic innovations in every category from seating to task lighting to height-adjustable tables. In particular, the Diffrient Smart task chair, Freedom 2.0 task chair and Element Disc LED task light—none of which have ever been shown before at NeoCon East—will be on display.

Humanscale first transformed the task seating industry with the release of its Freedom chair—which has now sold more than a million units—in 2000. Since then, in all of its task chairs, Humanscale has eliminated the clumsy levers and knobs for manual adjustments found in traditional task chairs and instead implemented its signature, weight-sensitive recline. Designed by the legendary Niels Diffrient, the Diffrient Smart chair has a minimal aesthetic and all the distinctive features of the Humanscale task seating line, such as the weight-sensitive recline and unique Form-Sensing Mesh Technology backrest—with ultimate ease of use and sophisticated technology. Like a tailored shirt, the chair takes on the shape of the sitter’s back to provide custom lumbar support for users without having to make any adjustments manually. An elegant embodiment of Humanscale’s commitment to sustainability, the Diffrient Smart chair can contribute to valuable LEED credits, is made predominantly of recycled aluminum, is lighter and features far fewer parts than traditionally designed chairs.

After revolutionizing task seating with the Freedom chair, Humanscale has updated the iconic design with a few noted improvements with the Freedom 2.0 chair. For enhanced stability and functionality for the user, it features a new back shell design. The Freedom 2.0 chair also offers a new arm assembly design that provides greater efficiency and smoother, one-handed adjustment of the synchronous armrests. In addition, the armrests themselves are improved with pivoted, button-free functionality. Even its much-celebrated aesthetic has been enhanced with new features, including box stitching on the leather cushions that allows for a cleaner look and an even more comfortable fit, and silver color options.

As one of the first companies to recognize and address the need for LED task lighting, Humanscale continues to lead the LED lighting revolution to this day. With its new Element Disc LED task light, Humanscale utilizes Thin Film LED Technology to produce an ultra-wide footprint of warm light that’s free of glare and multiple shadows. For exceptional sustainability and ease of use, it is equipped with a passive infrared (PIR) occupancy sensor, which automatically turns the light off or on when the user leaves or enters the area. Even when not in use, the Element Disc LED task light is an object of beauty, folding into a nesting position with its lamp head gracefully echoing the shape of its base.

Other groundbreaking innovations that Humanscale will be showcasing at NeoCon East include the Float™ height-adjustable table, the industry-leading sit-stand table with an unprecedented combination of height adjustability, weight accommodation, ease of use, safety and streamlined good looks; and the M/Flex™ monitor support system, the fully scalable monitor support system that can be used to accommodate up to six monitors from a single post or up to 12 monitors from two posts connected via crossbars.

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About Humanscale

Humanscale is the premier designer and manufacturer of ergonomic products that improve the health and comfort of work life. Achieving more with less, Humanscale’s product designs have been honored with more than 150 prestigious awards since 2007 and featured in various museums such as The Museum of Modern Art.

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