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First Look: This smart desk nudges you to stand more
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First Look: This smart desk nudges you to stand more

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The $3,890 Stir Kinetic Desk is surely a luxury piece of office furniture, but also has a heart of gold. The device raises and lowers itself between sitting and standing positions on its own, plus wisely keeps track of how long you do either to push you toward a better lifestyle.

Hi guys, this is Brian Bennett for CNET, and right now we're taking a first look at the Stir Kinetic Desk. Now, this is a very, you know, interesting piece of hardware. It may look like a standard desk or ordinary piece of furniture, but what it actually does is it is designed to have multiple configurations where you can use it as a standing desk or use it as a regular desk, where you would sit down like you would at a conventional desk. So, what's really interesting about this desk is that it has an infrared sensor, which will basically sense your presence when you step up to the desk, when you sit down, when you stand. It can tell how long you've been doing either activity and then also keeps track of, you know, how many calories you're burning if you're standing versus sitting, and you can use that data to, you know, predict, you know, the health benefits. Also, there's plan support to link, you know, popular fitness apps and hopefully fitness trackers and those sort of platforms into what the desk is recording. And to access all the information, you have a really nifty little gadget right here. It's a small touch screen that's right built into the surface of the desk. There, you can see all your stats, how long you've been standing, how long you've been sitting. You can also control the position that the desk is in, whether you want it, you know, all the way up like in the standing mode, or in the sitting mode. The desk would also suggest when it thinks you should take a break, if you've been standing too long and you don't wanna stand all day, it will actually do this, sort of, breathing motion, you know, going up and down slowly to say, "Hey, maybe it's time you change position". All in all, it's a very interesting device. It costs $3,890, and that's certainly not an inexpensive piece of furniture. But for all the, kind of, technical hardware that's packed into this thing, it seems very compelling. You can see on the top of the desk, here on two sides, there are two doors where you can access lots of charging ports and ways to connect, you know, your laptop, cell phone, those type of thing, without having to have wires go all the way, you know, running down and, you know, tripping up the whole set-up. So, that's a very cool-looking device. It's available in a few different color choices as well. So if you want to pick up a Stir Kinetic Desk for yourself, it's available now at the website, stirworks.com; and, you know, you can decide whether or not this fancy piece of hardware has your name on it. I'm Bryan Bennett for CNET.com, and we've just taken a first look at the Stir Kinetic Desk.

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