EPOS is thrilled to have won the iF Product Design Award for its speakerphone, EXPAND 80. Since the global pandemic hit, excellent communication devices have become more vital than ever. The EXPAND 80 was designed to unite teams across the globe with rich natural sound and winning an iF Design Award is official recognition of this.
A global symbol of design excellence
Established in 1953, the iF Design Awards stems from one of the oldest independent design institutions that exists to “identify, support and promote good design”. Its rich design history began with the aim to draw attention to particularly well-designed industrial products and to communicate the importance of design for society at large. Every year iF invites renowned designers and manufacturers to judge the awards. Past jurors include designers such as Dieter Rams, Richard Sapper, Paola Picasso and many others.
Judged by experts
This year’s iF Design Awards welcomed almost 10,000 submissions from more that 60 countries that were judged by 98 recognized design experts. The EXPAND 80 from EPOS was entered into the product design discipline which is judged based on five criteria – idea, form, function, differentiation and impact. Each of the criteria is scored out of 100 and an average winning score found across all entries in the product design category. The EXPAND 80 performed exceptionally and won an iF product design award.
Rising to current challenges
Given the global pandemic, this year’s award-winning products often focused on health, smart technologies and communication. The shift towards the hybrid workplace has meant huge changes for professionals globally. EPOS was ready with its premium scalable conference solution, the EXPAND 80, to connect users across geographic divides.
“This is a device that is all about empowering collective performance and uniting teams wherever they are in the world with rich natural sound. EXPAND 80 essentially focuses on the voice of the person speaking in the meeting room.”
- Theis Mørk, VP Product Management, EPOS
Six adaptive microphones with Microphone Array Beamforming Technology and DSP isolate voices from reverb and ambient noise inside the meeting room, enabling clearer, more natural conversations on both sides of the call. With plug-and-play functionality for ease of setup and key functions accessed easily via an intuitive interface on top of the unit, the EXPAND 80 lowers the barrier to effective business conferencing.
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