April 29, 2010
| by Lisa Montgomery
Berkline is fusing comfort with electronic conveniences with the introduction of a new line of seating.
The company’s Laptop Recliner ($649), for example, features a storage compartment in the arm of the chair for storing a laptop computer, iPad, e-reader and other electronic devices. A small swivel-platform can be attached to serve as a small work area.
The Concert Series recliners ($699), which were introduced last year, already had some technology built-in, including two stereo speakers and a subwoofer. This year, the recliners will also include a mini audio jack so users can plug in their iPods, MP3 players cell phone and other mobile devices.
Lastly, Berkline offers as an option its new eCoupled technology. Developed by Fulton Innovation, it provides a wireless charging station for cell phones, laptops and other equipment.
The technology precludes the need for power cords through an electromagnetic conduit combines with an intelligent control system that continuously monitors power flow so various devices—even from different manufacturers—can charge at the same time.
A look at the Laptop Recliner:
The Concert Series:
Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.