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Revealed: The Desk That Disney and Apple Made

Revealed: The Desk That Disney and Apple Made

What if Apple and Disney got together and made a desk? What would it look like? And how would it work? We have the answer.

If youΓÇÖre thinking sleek design with a sprinkling of magic, youΓÇÖre very, very warm. After all, youΓÇÖd expect nothing less from a desk designed by former Disney and Apple employees.

ItΓÇÖs called Stir and itΓÇÖs designed to get you sitting less and moving more during your work day.

The robo-desk revealed

ItΓÇÖs been dubbed the ΓÇ£robo-deskΓÇ¥ by Technology Review ΓÇô and itΓÇÖs not hard to see why. While most of us are used to loading our desks with the latest tech, Stir takes it one step further as a cutting edge piece of tech in itself.

And itΓÇÖs smart. Imagine a desk that can learn your daily routine in the office ΓÇô and adapt accordingly. ThatΓÇÖs exactly what Stir does.

How? Built-in sensors monitor your sitting routine ΓÇô but itΓÇÖs not just about passive monitoring. The desk can also be set so that at intervals throughout the day it gently shifts ΓÇô rising up or slowly dropping down ΓÇô to make you adjust your position. You can then confirm the new position or reject it. Either way, the desk uses the new data to build out your user profile and gain a better understanding of you.

Are you sitting comfortably? Analytics have the answer

Ever wondered how many hours you actually spend sitting each day? Stir has the answer with its monitoring and reports on your daily desk habits.

The desk can tell you how many minutes youΓÇÖve spent sitting or standing, along with how many calories youΓÇÖve burned. You can even set targets and track your progress, encouraging you to build up a healthier desk-based routine.

We’re not sure if it can track how many chocolate biscuits you’ve been eating… but we’re sure it’s only a matter of time.

A twenty-first century twist

Of course, the idea of standing to work at your desk is nothing new. Standing desks were common during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, although writers like Charles Dickens and Lewis Carroll had to rely on much more lo-fi lectern-style desks.

In a sense, Stir is a twenty-first century take on a nineteenth-century working practice. Although its adjustable settings mean you can sit or stand, alternating throughout the day. We think Dickens and Carroll would approve.

What do you think? Fancy a Stir desk in your office? Or is a desk that monitors your every move a step too far?

All images courtesy of Stir.

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