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Home Improvisation: the game that has you build IKEA-style furniture

Home Improvisation: the game that has you build IKEA-style furniture

Everyone loves putting together IKEA furniture, right? You just grab your toolbox and follow the steps in those cute, cartoonish instructions, and eventually you end up with something that at least resembles what you saw in the store. But what if you didn't have those instructions? Then you're entering a depth of hell that few escape from without having smashed something in frustration. On the other hand, if that sort of puzzle sounds fun to you, then the game Höme Improvisåtion is just what you're looking for.

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Stir Kinetic Desk M1 hands-on: Even smarter standing

Stir Kinetic Desk M1 hands-on: Even smarter standing

Sit-stand desks have gone from curiosity to legitimate ergonomic boon, and smart desk startup Stir is back with a new, cleverer and more affordable take on the standing desk. After surprising us with a touchscreen-controlled, high-end desk back in late 2013, the new Stir Kinetic Desk M1 takes the lessons of that $4k behemoth and translates them into something faster and more flexible. I caught up with the Stir team to find out why swifter touch, US-made hardware, and the power of both wearables and the cloud make the new model special - and, most importantly, whether people actually care about changing position once the novelty has worn off.

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MisterBrightLight smart desk adjusts with gesture control

MisterBrightLight smart desk adjusts with gesture control

If your work day is spent sitting in front of a desk, you've likely given consideration to a standing desk. You can stand up and stretch a bit while still getting work done, but at some point you're going to want to sit back down. This means you'll either have to manually adjust your desk's height -- if it isn't fixed -- or you'll need to get a bar-height office chair...leaving you awkwardly towering above your coworkers. MisterBrightLight bids itself as a smart desk with the solution, and it comes in the form of gesture control.

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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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Look Ma, no tools! IKEA furniture you can assemble by hand

Look Ma, no tools! IKEA furniture you can assemble by hand

Anyone who has had the (mis)fortune of assembling furniture on their own will flail their arms in exasperation and cry wondering why no one has thought of this before. IKEA is introducing a new line of furniture that not only can be assembled by the customer themselves, they will also require no tool to do so other than their bare hands.

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Stir Kinetic Desk pairs Fitbit for height-adjustable health tracking

Stir Kinetic Desk pairs Fitbit for height-adjustable health tracking

Remember Stir's beautiful, high-tech, and very expensive height-adjustable smart desk? The company promised eventual integration with the ergonomic furniture's onboard brain and wearable health platforms, and it's finally delivering, with a partnership with Fitbit that will see desk and wrist-band share and log movement data.

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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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4 AXYZ 3D-printed wood furniture enables embedded electronics

4 AXYZ 3D-printed wood furniture enables embedded electronics

The continued exploration of 3D printing has resulted in a variety of uses and materials, some of them promising huge breakthroughs in the future, and others refining the way existing projects and technologies are approached. Regarding that latter category, the company 4 AXYZ has developed a method for 3D printing wood furniture with embedded electronics.

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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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