November 4, 2015
As a result of health concerns over sedentary lifestyles, we’ve seen standing desks become a fixture. Some experts recommend that humans stand for around two to four hours a day, but most jobs require that we sit for sometimes eight hours a day.
It’s a condition that Yuying Deng and Andrew Mcdonnell were well acquainted with during their tenure in law and finance, respectively. They used standing desks to alleviate their back pain, and realized that this issue was far bigger than just the two of them.
“Sitting is unavoidable for most of us, especially at work – this is the tyranny of the computer screen,” says Andrew Mcdonnell. “We all know it’s important to move during our workday, but the reality is that when things get busy, we forget.”
In 2014 they cofounded Ideal Workspace, an ergonomics company wherein they sold standing desks. With each sale, the two entrepreneurs would personally deliver the desk, install the rig, and speak with customers to find out their specific pain points and requirements.
Better yet, they kept in close contact with their initial adopters and got their feedback – something we know to be incredibly valuable – about a new model they were working on: Aspirus. Perhaps the single biggest piece of data they discovered during their consultations was that users stopped using their manual standing desks one to two months after purchase. The continuous, manual adjustment of the desk was troublesome, and it demotivated users.
The duo finally built out a serviceable iteration of the new Aspirus, and because of their feedback they built in a new technology that’s absent from competition. Aspirus uses multiple sensors to accurately track the daily desk activity of anybody using it.
Just take a minute to wrap your brain around that. Aspirus knows whether you’re sitting at your desk versus standing in front of it, excluding the instances when you’re physically away from your desk. In that way the desk is able to alert you when it’s time to change your posture.
All of your personal data can be monitored or tracked in the partner app. You can also control the Aspirus desk remotely, set daily stand goals, build sit and stand interval reminders, and get real time reports – the team tried to build in as much relevant functionality as possible.
“We expect standing desks will become the default choice in the near future. Humans are just not evolved to sit so much, hunched at a screen, so once you start being more active, you wouldn’t want to go back.”
The team launched an Indiegogo campaign to help bring the Aspirus to market, and the fact that they’ve reached the 50 percent funded marker proves their philosophy behind standing desks true. If you’re interested, the early bird price for Aspirus Standard edition starts at $499, and the Aspirus Ultimate edition starts at $699.
Update: since their launch, Aspirus has changed their name to Altizen.
Image Credit: Aspirus video
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