Humanscale Displays Innovative Ergonomic Work Tools at NeoCon East 2013

Diffrient Smart™ and Float® Revolutionize the Way People Work


Caroline Andoscia
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BALTIMORE — At this year’s NeoCon East, Humanscale will showcase work tools that embrace the essence of ergonomics; that is, products that adapt to the user, rather than the other way around. Among the solutions on display will be the Diffrient Smart task chair, which is the latest offering in Humanscale’s award-winning seating line, and the Float height-adjustable table. Both products provide complete ease of use, for functional simplicity.

Designed by ergonomics pioneer Niels Diffrient, the Diffrient Smart chair features Humanscale’s patented weight-sensitive recline mechanism that intuitively and automatically adjusts to the body weight of each sitter, of any size or height, to provide perfect recline support every time someone sits in the chair—without the need for training, instructions or even knobs, levers or any manual adjustments. For ergonomic comfort, it features Humanscale’s revolutionary Form-Sensing Mesh Technology backrest. Like a tailored shirt, the Diffrient Smart chair’s tri-panel, non-stretch mesh backrest fits the three-dimensional form of the human body to provide custom lumbar support for users. Diffrient Smart’s armrests are attached to the backrest—not the seat pan, like most chairs—to move with the body as the user reclines, ensuring that the user’s arms are proportionately situated and that the user has complete upper body support throughout the day. For additional flexibility, the 4D high-performance armrests, which will be available in late Q4 2013, offer four-way adjustability (up, down, inward and outward) to adapt to any way the user wants to work, further enhancing the usability of the chair. An elegant example of Humanscale’s commitment to sustainability, it features recycled components, and is lighter in weight and made from significantly fewer parts than most other chairs in its class, so less materials and manufacturing processes are used in its production. The Diffrient Smart chair is also designed for recyclability, which means its materials can be reused at the end of its life cycle, thereby minimizing its impact on the environment.

Like Diffrient Smart, the Float height-adjustable table was also designed to embody simplicity. It was created to promote movement and a healthy lifestyle by overcoming the largest obstacle facing most current-generation sit-stand tables: they are not used as they were intended to be used. With a unique counterbalance mechanism that provides constant counter-weighting force, the Float height-adjustable table enables simple, one-hand weight adjustment, and easy height adjustment for ergonomic sit-stand usage—all without the use of an obstructive crossbeam, electricity or a cumbersome crank. In short, it is as easy to adjust as standing up. The Float height-adjustable table is also built with measures to prevent the possibility of injury; its innovative safety feature only allows adjustment when the desktop and contents are properly balanced. It accommodates a range of tabletop widths from 48 inches to 72 inches and can be used with any manufacturer’s tabletops to ensure aesthetic consistency with any installed or specified furniture systems. Made for a long life, the Float height-adjustable table is composed predominantly of recyclable steel and is designed with minimal parts and manufacturing processes. Unlike electric-powered height-adjustable tables, it is able to balance the table’s load without using energy, which makes it exceptionally sustainable.

Visit booth #1909 to experience these and other solutions in person. To learn more about Humanscale’s advanced solutions, visit or call 800-400-0625.

About Humanscale

Humanscale is the leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance ergonomic products that improve the health and comfort of work life. Through leveraging new technology in functional yet minimal designs, Humanscale transforms traditional offices into active, intelligent workspaces. Committed to making a net positive impact on the earth as well as our customers, Humanscale offers award-winning products designed with a focus on function, simplicity and longevity. 

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