I agree. As the commerical puts it, " A body in motion stays in motion." I do a lot of walking while teaching and helping students with their projects in the electronics lab. At home, my wife has to tell me to sit still for a few minutes so she can talk to about family matters. I can see how this table tech can benefit others who sit for long periods of time. Its amazing how tech has impacted simple objects like desk. I'm wondering if someone is looking at the chair to help improve one's health through active movement.
That's an interesting point about Thomas Wolfe and writing while standing and using the top of a refrigerator as his desk. I do a considerable amount of standing and walking while teaching. I joke around with my students that I have a lot of energy for them and myself. Based on Cabe's article, I now know why. Its amazing how technology has impacted the lonely desk. Nice article Cabe!
The styling reminds me of desks that we had years ago in a department with 80 designers. About half of us had the desk set high at standing and stool height. The other half set it low at standard desk height. This would have been a very cool upgrade.
Monitoring how many calories burned is a little odd though. I'd prefer to see an alert encouraging the user to walk away from the desk and away from the screen for a moment.
Letting your mind rest and moving your body is healthier and better for productivity than just standing.
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