A new high-tech desk is designed with the hopes of improving the health of people who use it. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
The STIR Kinetic Desk is hoping to help solve a growing problem many of us have today: sitting too much, which, according to recent studies, helps contribute to heart disease. So how can a desk help with that?
"It's a desk that moves from sitting to standing with motors, but it does a lot more than that," says JP Labrosse of Stir. "It actually senses your presence and it learns from you, and it responds to you and it adapts to you. It has a capacitive touchscreen in the surface where you simply double tap on the screen and it moves to the next position."
Push the only button on the desk to enable active mode, so that the desk can then recommend when to sit or stand based on your habits. The readout also offers up information on your day, including about how many calories you're burning by standing instead of sitting.
As if the desk wasn't high-tech enough, it also has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Why would a desk need Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, you may be asking?
"What that allows it to do is connect out to fitness and wellness apps," Labrosse says. "So as an example, if you use other fitness apps, this data could be integrated into those apps. The second piece, which is really important, is, the desk learns from you, and one of the ways it learns is actually taking outside data. So our plans in the future are to access things such as FitBit data, if you want to supply your FitBit data, and actually use that to adjust and refine your sit/stand profiles."
The STIR Kinetic Desk is available for pre-orders now for around $4,000. They'll hit shelves at the beginning of next year.