Working for extended periods of time at a computer is, more often than not, a delicate balance between obliviously slouching it out or squirming actively, trying to achieve the best posture. No wonder many have been touting the benefits of standing desks for long-term computer work -- standing keeps you active, alert and and more ergonomically positioned.
Standing desks aren't cheap though, but we've seen the recent entry of affordable options. Coming out of Sydney, Australia is the crowdfunded ZestDesk, which father-and-son team James and Peter Moore are calling the world's first portable standing desk.
Peter, who is a family physician, got the original idea for ZestDesk some years back, due to necessity:
Twenty years ago Peter injured his back lifting a heavy log. Peter said “The initial pain wasn’t too bad, but over the next month it worsened and I ended up in hospital. Surgery relieved the severe pain but I continued to suffer from frequent attacks of low back pain. Through regular exercise and avoidance of prolonged sitting I am able to successfully control the pain.”
Four years ago Peter’s work changed and he was ‘hot-desking’ at several sites. Peter said, “A cardboard box was the only available option for converting an existing desk into a standing workstation.”
Attractively styled, and designed to be ultra-portable and lightweight, ZestDesk turns any table into a standing desk, and takes half a minute to set up. Packing it away is easy too, and with a carrier, one can take this healthier set-up anywhere.
It's made out of anodized aluminium (perfect match for Mac lovers, eh?) and comes with an adjustable height and horizontally sliding tray for the monitor/laptop, while the primary surface features four height adjustable legs. Double screen set-ups can be accommodated with an extra monitor tray.
Four years in the making, ZestDesk stands out thanks to its well-detailed components and ease of use. It's already been fully funded on Kickstarter, but there are a few days left to order one at a discounted "regular bird" special of AUD $337 (USD $299). More info over at ZestDesk and Kickstarter.