Anthro previews next-generation Carls' Table
Anthro previewed its Carl’s Table CT08, a work-in-progress workstation last month in Chicago at the 93rd scientific assembly and annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Mike Graham, healthcare account manager, said the new model is an upgrade of its Carl’s Table CT03, which debuted in 2003. He said that the new workstation is “a complete environment,” and expects a Spring 2008 release.

CT08 is an ergonomic desk with motorized height movement and increased leg speed for quick adjustment from 28.5 in to 48.5 in The tilt adjustment facilitates all individual work positions, sitting or standing. The workstation has height memory presets for individual users. The CT08 has a unique suede surface, which provides “a good surface for a computer mouse and if the station is tilted, papers will be less likely to slide,” according to Graham. 

The monitor control system on the CT08 electronically adjusts the bank of monitors to smoothly move down, forward and back, with the “touch of a button,” Graham said. The individual monitors can also be tilted manually to the desired viewing angle. The system holds up to five monitors mounted to a rail, and actuators control the up-down and in-out action.

“Ergonomists are saying that even if you are in a really good ergonomic position, you should change position throughout the course of a day. You are going to want to sit for awhile, you are going to want to recline for a while and stand for a while. With CT08, there are 99 presets, which allows you to change those options electronically,” Graham said.

Graham said that the CT08 has “personalized comfort control with air movement on both sides (left and right) of the workstation, but the breeze is neither strong nor noisy.” Anthro calls the feature an air circulation system, which remains level even when the tilt mechanism is engaged. Graham added that the additional air will not break the concentration of the user that provides a personal coolant in the small enclosed spaces to which the users are typically subjected.

Carl’s Table also has manual and automatic lighting – glare-free ambient back lighting achieved with the station’s integrated light. An automatic sensor can be pointed to one of the two middle diagnostic monitors and will respond to the light density of the monitor. Graham said that if the “monitor senses that the viewer is looking at bright images, it will get brighter; if it senses that a darker image is being projected, then it will get darker. So, the irises are not changing all the time which diminishes eye strain.” The flexible task lights can be positioned and manually dimmed independently from the back lighting.

The workstation has several USB ports located on the surface of the station. Anthro also accommodates large CPU systems with an accordion-like holder that moves up and down with the table. To avoid the excess electrical wires underneath a station, Carl’s Table CT08 enables the cables and transformers to be hidden by a back panel from a telephone or voice recognition system that can be weaved throughout a covered back panel that can be easily unscrewed. The multiple hidden outlets lead into a single exposed electronic source.