There's a new desk on the market, though it's a bit smarter than your average contraption. Called the Stir Kinect Desk M1, it sports built-in electronics and a motorized platform that rises up and down to keep you from sitting on your rump all day long. Unless of course you'd prefer to sit for hours on end, then it will dutifully stay in place. Otherwise, there's some interesting functionality to play with.
Time flies when you're having fun, which would explain all the lost productivity to mobile apps like Angry Birds, Temple Run, and Kingdom Rush. These and other titles look and play great on tablet PCs, but if you're not careful, your intended 5-minute-turned-60-minute diversion can lead to aches and pains in your head, neck and wrist, a new Harvard study warns.
Whether you're chatting it up with a far-away friend or, um, hanging out in a Google+ Hangout, we all know that webcams can supply tons of digital video fun. But did you know webcams can improve your health, too? Neither did we, at least not until we heard of a nifty project involving webcams, 60 office workers, and a research team from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Sit up and pay attention!
Another "Best of Innovations Honoree" at this year's CES convention, Smartfish claims its new Engage keyboard is the first-ever automated plank designed to provide the ultimate comfort typing experience.
Other keyboard makers might balk at that claim, but unlike other planks, even ergonomically designed ones, the Engage sports a patented motion system that "studies your typing frequency and makes subtle, comfortable adjustments" to prevent your hands and wrists from getting stuck in a fixed position.
The idea is to get your hands moving ever-so-slightly, which Smartfish says is "crucial for increasing flexibility, circulation, and alleviating stress and pain." Is it a gimmick? According to Smartfish, the Engage was developed in collaboration with The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, and a portion of their proceeds get donated to the Special Surgery Rehabilitation Education Fund.