July 2, 2015
Picture this: you’re in a coffee shop and you see somebody across the room. They’re hunched over their laptop, working incredibly hard on some big project. However, that’s when you realize the way their back is curved, and how unnatural and uncomfortable it looks. Then it dawns on you – we all sit like this with our laptops.
This hunched laptop posture is actually responsible for a lot of what the scientific community would call Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI). RSI is an umbrella term that’s used to define a lot of other conditions, like carpal tunnel, that are associated with repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression, or sustained and awkward positions.
James Olander ran into his own problems that were a direct result of hunching over his laptop, and he searched high and low for a good solution. Ultimately he came up empty handed, so he built the Roost Laptop Stand.
It’s a simple solution, but incredibly effective. Roost is a fully height adjustable stand that fits all makes and models of laptop that’s both lightweight and compact. However, version 1 (v1) of the Roost Laptop Stand wasn’t as efficient, but it still racked up 2,500 backers on Kickstarter.
People loved it, but you couldn’t adjust the height, it was a bit bulky, and you couldn’t close your laptop while it was on the stand. Olander built v2 with injection molding which allowed for more functionality to be built into the Roost Laptop Stand, like hinges that lock your laptop into place even if the stand tips over. Oh, and you can also close your laptop fully while it’s on the stand.
He relaunched v2 on Kickstarter about a month ago, and there are only three days left on the clock. It’s a moot point though because he’s already far surpassed their $475,000 goal and hit $608,299.
It’s simple, really: people are completely fed up with whacked out posture due to these issues and they’re flocking to Olander’s Roost Laptop Stand as a solution. I have to admit, it’s super cool and would be a great tool for my own, personal desk.
Image Credit: Roost Laptop Stand Kickstarter video
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