With sitting all day being considered the new smoking, standing desks are more popular than ever. If you’re looking for the best standing desk money can buy, look no further than Stirs new $2,990 Kinetic Desk M1. It can be raised and lowered with a tap of your fingers.
The desk’s design is top notch, and the integrated display on the desk’s surface makes it a “smart” desk that learns from your sitting and standing habits.
The M1 is the second smart desk from ex-Apple engineer JP Labrosse, who was part of the original iPod team. The desk’s design pedigree clearly shows; everything about the M1 seems logical and thought out: the physical design of the desk is sleek and sturdy, and the 5-inch embedded LCD touchscreen is surprisingly useful and doesn’t get in the way of your work.
Underneath the touchscreen are the desk’s brains. A tiny processor (which can be removed and upgraded in the future) keeps track of your preferences, height settings, and habits. For offices with shared desks, you can sign in using the screen or by Bluetooth with a Fitbit, but the desk automatically detects when you approach and turns on the display.
All of the desk’s controls are handled by the touchscreen. You can manually change from seated to standing position, check the time, see how long you’ve been standing or sitting, set a daily standing goal, or check out a history of your standing and sitting habits.
This brings us to the coolest feature of the M1: How it notifies you to change positions. Read more…