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Here’s why Ikea BEKANT has standing desk fans frantic

Here’s why Ikea BEKANT has standing desk fans frantic

Ikea’s new BEKANT standing desk is quite the marvel. It raises and lowers with the push of a button, and is height adjustable to just about any standing or sitting height. It’s also Ikea’s first foray into the truly adjustable desk realm, whereas previous submissions were static once assembled. The Ikea faithful are really, really excited about BEKANT. With Ikea no longer selling previously popular standing desk models, and the competition not offering one important thing BEKANT does, here’s why Ikea’s desk is so popular right now.

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New Ikea standing desk adjusts with push of a button

New Ikea standing desk adjusts with push of a button

Standing desks are one of those mildly polarizing topics. You probably shouldn’t be sitting all day, but standing desks are either really expensive, or really suck (sorry, but it’s true). Ikea has stepped in with their first truly convertible stand/sit desk (adjustable with the push of a button), leaving you without that tough choice of standing or sitting all the time. It’s also priced right, compared to some options it competes with. Like all Ikea stuff, it’s also a bit weird, with an equally odd name to boot.

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Roombots modular robo-furniture is Transformers for tables

Roombots modular robo-furniture is Transformers for tables

Robotic transforming furniture that can evolve to suit different rooms, functions, and individuals could be the future of home decor, if one Swiss team has its way, designing modular self-organizing 'bots for tomorrow's lounge. Dubbed Roombots, each unit is just short of nine inches long and consists of two blocks joined by three motors, which can twist and reassemble to make different designs.

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Death Star tiles make any room daunting

Death Star tiles make any room daunting

There's a company out there called Tom Spina Designs that wants to make your house into the most daunting of Star Wars-themed environments. They've created a total of 14 "master tiles" which replicate the surface of the original Death Star from Star Wars: A New Hope, allowing you to flip and trade out any number of combinations (well, not ANY number, but a whole lot), for a fully desolate looking construction. These tiles are made with linoleum for optimum home-matching abilities.

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Stir Kinetic Desk goes on sale for standing work addicts

Stir Kinetic Desk goes on sale for standing work addicts

Stir's Kinetic Desk, the smart standing desk which not only shuffles electrically between different heights, but tracks your fitness and teases you with twitches when it thinks you need to change, has gone up for order. Priced at $3,890, the first fifty orders will ship out in February 2014, though everybody else will need to wait for the second production run, expected from April. As we found when we went hands-on with the desk back in September, it's an expensive way to get off your feet, but Stir's integrated computer does have some appeal.

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Stir Kinetic Desk hands-on: The standing desk gets smart

Stir Kinetic Desk hands-on: The standing desk gets smart

The average work surface is covered in smart devices - laptop, smartphone, tablet, maybe a wearable or two like Fitbit or UP - but Stir's Kinetic Desk asks could the desk itself be smarter? That's the approach startup Stir is taking, founded by a former member of Apple's iPod team, and promising great things from its first product, the world's only smart, connected desk. As far away from the average height-adjustable desk as your iPhone is from a rotary phone, the Kinetic Desk not only knows when you're working, it figures out when you should be standing up or sitting down, and gently motions to suggest a change in posture, all controlled by an embedded touchscreen in the hand-finished tabletop itself. We caught up with founder and CEO JP Labrosse to find out more.

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