We know that sitting down in the same spot all day isn't fun, and it may be contributing negatively to our health – and we have the science to back it up, too. Sitting behind a desk is very unhealthy for your body, but there aren't exactly a lot of opportunities to move around…unless you've got a standing desk.
If we had to guess, we'd bet you're probably sitting down right now. The problem is that sitting down for extended periods of time, all day every day, may be killing us. You may have heard of stand-up desks, and maybe even know someone who works in an office where this is an option. They don't choose these just to be different--the goal is to keep your metabolism, and muscle electrical activity performing optimally. This is where GeekDesk comes in. The company sells two different models of desks that allow the user to stand or sit--the best of both worlds. We received the GeekDesk Max for review, and it just so happens that this feature would turn out to be more than a simple Gear Live gadget review. Sure, sitting down may be killing us, but my story isn't about life expectancy, but rather bad posture and what I referred to as "my pinch" for at least 6 months. Read on for more on that, along with our full GeekDesk Max review.
We're looking forward to when we'll be able to lounge on one of these Coalesse Hosu chairs. Designed by Patricia Urquiola to create a comforting worksapce, the Hosu can be purchased in either a 36-inch single- or 64-inch double-seat convertible configuration with chaise foldout, or you can choose a single fixed design. It's got side and rear storage pockets as well as cord pass-through, getting the wires out of your way. That lumbar pillow you see in the image is also included.
The Coalesse Hosu will be available in October in a selection of six different colors. Pricing has not yet been announced.
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IKEA is coming to the rescue of wives everywhere who are fed up with the endless mess of tangled wires in the living room with its Uppleva HDTV. Yes, IKEA is making it's own HDTV, and it's pretty wonderful. First, the tech: 1080p LED display, Wi-Fi-ready, 400Hz, FM radio, DIVX HD, with three USB inputs and four HDMI inputs as well. So, what makes this television so special? It's the fact that the actual display part is just that - a display. All of the goods are built into the surrounding furniture, which is also part of Uppleva. For example, the television also has a Blu-ray player built-in - but it's located beneath the monitor, in the console area. All the wiring is built into the furnite, so it's not visible.
You can add in your own components, of course, and the wiring is handled the same way, allowing everything to be neat and tidy. Also cool? There is a vast array of colors and designs. Uppleva is modular, so you can build it out in any way you see fit. Expect it to launch in the fall for 6,500 Swedish crowns (that's $960 to those of us in the USA.) Wanna get a peek at how it works? Check out the video after the break.
After watching Niels Diffrient, creator of the Freedom Chair, talk about how he approached chair design from a whole new perspective, we had to share it. The talk was given in 2002 at TED, so it isn’t new by any means, but it’s very cool to hear the details of how Niels came to completely rethink the office chair, using the human body as his fundamental data set.
Combine an amplifier, lamp and speakers and you get the Amplamp. You can adjust the volume, bass and spatial awareness on controls that are located around the two light bulbs. Plug in an iPod, MP3 player, CD player or any audio other devices with the 3.5mm and phono audio sockets. The lamp itself is independently controlled and prices start at £1200 (~$1264.00,) depending on the base and shade you select.
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When a clumsy web developer got worried about spilling something beneath his laptop, he decided to come up with a product to protect it, and Laptop Lifts were eventually created. Made of silicon, they feel soft and grip the surface, yet are also quite tough. They also act as furniture protection, add airflow and provide padding against laptop heat. You can purchase a set for $14.95 online.
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If you need extra lighting on your desk or when traveling, this retro Lounge Lamp is perfect. Plug into your USB port and the 2 mini-bulbs will shine on your workspace. At a size of 25.5 x 10 x 10cm, the stand is made from black plastic with a velveteen black finish lampshade. Included in the package is a strip of fake wallpaper and a USB cable. Get the lamp for only £5.99 ($8.31.)
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Some people are really obsessed with their iPhones. Tuan Nguyen, Ken Thomas and a few buds got together to create this unique coffee table in the shape of the Apple phone. The iLounge members made the furniture out of corrugated wood and glue. They also made built-in coasters out of the icons. We like the design and figure we can put it alongside our Pacman Living Room Set in the room with the Super Mario Wall Decals.
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If you’ve graduated beyond elementary math, this wall lamp created by Mingyu Jeung will be happy to turn on for you after you solve a randomly generated equation. If math really isn’t your thing – or you run out of fingers to count on – the integrated chalkboard may be your new best friend (though I wonder how you would see what you were writing…). As far as we can tell, problems appear to be of the simple add/subtract/multiply/divide variety, but a clever prankster would throw in a random calculus problem just to keep you on your toes.
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