Affordable Levit8 standing desk turns to origami for inspiration

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The Levit8 is cheap, looks stylish and can take some serious weight(Credit: Levit8)

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The latest of many standing desk solutions, Levit8 takes a simple approach to getting office workers on their feet. Currently the subject of a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, the product is priced low and comes in a unique, convenient form factor.

Standing desks are certainly nothing new. We've seen many different solutions designed to get people on their feet in the office, from adjustable products like the self-assembled, wooden Elevate, to quirkier products like the StorkStand, which turns office chairs into standing desks.

Like its competitors, the Levit8 is designed to tackle the negative effects of sitting at a desk for hours on end, and it does so via a very simple approach. Starting as a flat rectangle of rigid, water-repellent and stain-proof acrylic canvas, the product makes use of an origami folding design to pop up and provide a raised surface on which to rest your notebook.

The folding process is simple and takes just a couple of seconds, and the product is available in small, medium and large sizes, with heights varying between 11.8 in (30 cm) and 17.7 in (45 cm). It might look like a pretty basic option, but according to the company, it's pretty sturdy, with the ability to deal with up to 23 lb (10 kg) of weight – equivalent to more than five 15-inch MacBook Pros.

The folding design makes the product pretty convenient, as you can collapse it down and put it under your arm or in a bag, and it arrives as a complete unit, requiring zero assembly.

The other thing that the Levit8 has going for it is its low cost. It's currently the subject of a crowdfunding campaign, and it's doing pretty well on that front, having hit a modest US$4,000 funding goal in just a couple of days. You can secure a single Levit8 for $32, with the company planning to start shipping in June 2016. That might seem like a while to wait, but as this is a crowdfunding campaign, the product is still in the late prototyping phase, and isn't scheduled to go into full-scale production until March next year.

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