Affordable Levit8 standing desk turns to origami for inspiration
The latest of many standing desk solutions,Levit8 takes a simple approach to getting office workers on theirfeet. Currently the subject of a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, the product ispriced low and comes in a unique, convenient form factor.
Standingdesks are certainly nothing new. We've seen many different solutionsdesigned to get people on their feet in the office, from adjustableproducts like the self-assembled, wooden Elevate, to quirkierproducts like the StorkStand, which turns office chairs into standingdesks.
Likeits competitors, the Levit8 is designed to tackle the negativeeffects of sitting at a desk for hours on end, and it does so via avery simple approach. Starting as a flat rectangle of rigid,water-repellent and stain-proof acrylic canvas, the product makes use of anorigami folding design to pop up and provide a raised surface on which to restyour notebook.
Thefolding process is simple and takes just a couple of seconds, and theproduct 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 looklike a pretty basic option, but according to the company, it's prettysturdy, with the ability to deal with up to 23 lb (10 kg) of weight– equivalent to more than five 15-inch MacBook Pros.
Thefolding design makes the product pretty convenient, as you cancollapse it down and put it under your arm or in a bag, and itarrives as a complete unit, requiring zero assembly.
Theother thing that the Levit8 has going for it is its low cost. It's currently the subject of a crowdfunding campaign, and it'sdoing pretty well on that front, having hit a modest US$4,000funding 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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There are a few issues that some people should be concerned with when using this product. First it's a fixed height riser, and it's important to type at an L-shape like your picture. The issue is that you need to be the ideal height. Another major issue with this is that your laptop is laying on the surface of the riser and you will be causing issue such as head and next flexion. This is a big problem over time: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/ipad-ergonomics-dennerlein/