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Bretford Classroom Furniture to Feature Powermat

Bretford Manufacturing, which makes furniture for both classroom and work environments, announced that it has been selected as the preferred Powermat partner for the K-12 and higher education markets.

Bretford Manufacturing, which makes furniture for both classroom and work environments, announced that it has been selected as the preferred Powermat partner for the K-12 and higher education markets. Powermat wireless charging products will be available later this summer with Bretford's EDU 2.0 line, which is the first comprehensive powered and modular technology furniture system designed for social learning in education, according to the company. Bretford is debuting the Powermat products with the new EDU 2.0 line at InfoComm 2011 in Orlando, Fla.

The Powermat wireless charging products are being built into a wide variety of Bretford products, company officials said, starting with the EDU 2.0 line and eventually into any Bretford furniture model that has a horizontal surface.

"Incorporating Powermat products into our EDU 2.0 line allows Bretford to fully support the use of technology in learning environments," said Mikel Briggs, president of Bretford Manufacturing, in a statement. "Not only is it convenient and universal for students and educators, but it truly allows them to have technology at their fingertips so the focus is on learning and collaborating instead of worrying about the electronic components."

According to the company, EDU 2.0 creates an environment that enables technology to be used to its fullest capability without limitations caused by the furniture in the room. It also allows for a space that supports interaction and helps create collaboration. Products within the line include everything from tables for interaction and mobile device carts to presentation system furniture and soft seating with power.

"Bretford has both the knowledge and the commitment to develop products that support the use of technology in education," said Ran Poliakine, Powermat CEO, in a statement. "These attributes are in line with Powermat's vision to eradicate wires and power supplies, thereby increasing mobility and enabling teachers and students to enjoy a true sense of freedom with respect to charging and power. The education environment, where students and teachers are using modern technology to communicate, is the perfect place for the Powermat products to be used with Bretford furniture."

The Powermat wireless charging system will be available from Bretford in the third quarter at a starting list price of $170, company officials said.

 


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