Stand Desk – the affordable electric standing desk – crests $350k on Kickstarter

Stand Desk launched earlier this month on Kickstarter and in 38 minutes they managed to surpass their $50,000 goal. While that insane pace couldn’t be maintained they have continued to amass backers and with 28 days remaining on their campaign they have over $350,000 in funding.

In case the product name and my post title weren’t sufficient hints, Stand Desk is producing electric adjustable standing desks. That in itself wouldn’t have drawn much attention as standing desks have been proliferating greatly over the past few years, but the difference here is Stand Desk is making it far more affordable.

I’m guessing if you bothered to take a look at this post you have at least considered a standing desk already, but were perhaps put off when you discovered that virtually all of them are north of $1,000.

The founder of Stand Desk, Steven Yu, was frustrated by this exact problem after a motorcycle accident left him needing to stand for most of the day to alleviate persistent back pain. He concluded that he could build his own solution for far cheaper and Stand Desk was born.

They’ve already spent over a year working on Stand Desk and have had a group of beta testers using the desks for some time now to work out any issues with the design and components.

Stand Desk is targeting a $499 price for their base model at retail, but during the Kickstarter campaign you can get it for as low as $399. If you spec out their top model with a Bamboo top, cable management and upgraded controls you are still only looking at $649 during the Kickstarter, which is well below any option I’ve seen out there.

As I said at the outset they have long since passed their funding goal so they are proceeding confidently at this point. While Kickstarter projects are always a bit of a risk this one seems like a pretty safe bet to me for any budget conscious standing desk aficionados.

Source: Kickstarter

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Always Innovating’s MeCam quadcopter has it’s eye on you

Almost everyone seems to have at least a slight fascination with quadcopters. Look no further than the AR.Drone from Parrot at CES which despite little to no changes in their presentation for the last couple years manages to draw a crowd every time.

Always Innovating has a slightly new spin on the idea with their wee quadcopter above known as the MeCam. So what sets this lilliputian flying machine apart from its larger cousins?

First of all the MeCam isn’t controlled using either a traditional remote or by pairing it to a phone app. If you gently toss the MeCam into the air it will simply hover in place. From there the user can opt for voice commands or a standing follow-me order to keep their flying companion in line.

The central function of the MeCam, as the name suggests, is as a camera and the resulting video can be streamed to an Android or iOS device and then shared out to the social network of the users choice.

The last major differentiator is that Always Innovating believes that the MeCam could be brought to market for around $49 which is seems like a steal when compared to the $299 AR.Drone. The catch is that they aren’t planning to release the MeCam themselves so final say on the cost isn’t up to Always Innovating and the earliest they anticipate someone getting it on shelves is early 2014.

Certainly the MeCam isn’t going to be for everyone, but it’s one of those things that just sounds like a hell of a lot of fun to play around with regardless of practical utility. Always Innovating also stresses that it is built on open source software and hardware so I’m sure a community could quickly sprout up to squeeze every last ounce of functionality out of its diminutive form.

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