Excessive sitting has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular problems, obesity, and a handful of other life-shortening problems. A company called Stir wants to encourage desk jockeys to spend part of their work day standing, effectively cutting those risks and inspiring creativity by preventing staying still for too long. Their standing desk design is equipped with smart technology, making it a lot more advanced than your average height-adjustable work surface.
The Kinetic Desk was designed by JP Labrosse, who also worked on the design of the original iPod. The clean lines, smooth surfaces and handy integrated features of the Kinetic desk echo the simple and attractive design of the iPod. Integrated USB ports and electrical hook-ups let you keep cords organized so that the desktop remains as clutter-free as possible.
When you walk up to the desk, it recognizes your presence. As you work at the desk, it tracks your sitting and standing patterns. The 4.3 inch touchscreen, located in the near left corner of the desktop, tell you what percentage of your day you spend standing. You can set personal goals, such as the amount of time you would like to stand every workday. The screen shows you how many extra calories you’ve burned just by working in a standing position.
When the mood strikes to shift between sitting and standing, a double tap on the touchscreen raises or lowers the working surface to your pre-set height requirements. The single button on the side of the desk enables “Whisperbreath,” a setting that causes the working surface to shift up and down by an inch, reminding you to periodically change positions to keep your body active.
“The Stir Kinetic Desk has a set of proprietary algorithms and custom interfaces to allow the desk to sense, learn, and adapt to the needs of each individual user. The firmware also tracks usage and remembers data and preferences. Rounded, waterfall edges soften the surface and reduce effects on circulation.”