Stir Kinetic Desk Is High-Tech and Health-Savvy

A tech-enabled office desk is stirring media headlines this week. Los Angeles-based startup Stir is planning to bring the "quantified self" and the Internet of Things together in its Kinetic Desk, a desk focusing on health and productivity.

Stir may be a startup but some heavy-hitting alums from Apple, Disney and design firm Ideo back the company. They designed the Stir Kinetic Desk to promote movement throughout the workday and they combined connected hardware with learning, health-tracking software to get the job done.

"Harvard Business Review called sitting 'the smoking of our generation.' It's also been shown that switching between sitting and standing can generate an extra fifty minutes of productivity each day," said JP Labrosse, founder and CEO of Stir. "Our goal with the Stir Kinetic Desk is to promote a working life infused with movement, leading to better health and improved focus. In short, we want you to move your body and free up your mind while you work. That's what drives our product and our company."

An Intelligent Desk

This desk is as high-tech as they come. It features a built-in touch screen that lets you transition between sitting and standing positions with a double tap. Using a thermal presence sensor and built-in computer outfitted with health-tracking software, the desk learns your habits and adapts to your daily routine to optimize health and productivity. Users receive data on calories burned, time spent standing versus sitting, and more.

One of the key features is "Whisperbreath," part of an active mode where the desk periodically invites you to move with a gentle, one-inch rising and falling of the desk surface. You can then change positions -- with a double tap -- or remain in your current position. The desk learns from each choice and adapts its profile to make the next suggestion. This feature...

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