Harvard Grad Hits Kickstarter to Raise Funds For New Affordable Standing Desk

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Ready to bring his easy-to-use standing desk to the market, Harvard grad and resident dean, Luke Leafgren, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for the StandStand.

StandStand 4StandStand has been noted to be the “only truly portable” standing desk. It can be used anywhere and the user can transform any table or desk into a standing desk. Not only is the StandStand portable, it is affordable, engineered for strength, ergonomic, and 100% stable.

Nothing what made he decide to create StandStand, Leafgren wrote, “One morning during a meditation session, the thought crossed my mind that I could make a portable standing desk, something I could carry as easily as my laptop and set up on any table and desk. Since tables and desks are found everywhere, I only needed to raise my computer about twelve inches.I made my first prototype within a week. I thought a trapezoid would give stability, but it pivoted back and forth a lot. When I added two sticks to brace it, that was already six pieces—too many to carry easily.

Below features the StandStand’s specific:

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Although the StandStand is not adjustable, you can purchase the size that fits you. While all tables and desks come in a standard heigh of 29-30 inches, you can simply measure the height of your hands above a table when you stand in typing positing and pick the height that is the closest.

StandStand 2During a recent interview with Business Week, Leafgren also admitted another reason why he came up with the StandStand idea. He revealed during his resident dean job, he read that sitting for long periods of time has been established as a health risk, yet he struggled to stand up and avoid sitting.

“I’m supposed to be out seeing people and available,” he explained. “That means working in the library, the dining hall, and other spots around campus. But I was reluctant to do that [as] I had to be sitting in all of those places. There was always a table or desk wherever I went. So I wanted to make something that was as easy to carry as a laptop that I could bring with me.”

Leafgren also revealed that he had taken shop class in middle school and had worked at a cabinetry shop for a couple of summers, which gave him the confidence to handle powers tools for the prototype. While it took a few tries, he finally came up with a working model a few months later.

Set to close on October 20th, the project has already surpassed its initial $15,000 goal and raised over $58,000 thanks to over 950 backers. The StandStand has been promised to be delivered this holiday season.


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