Meet Live OS, a Desk Sensor That Tracks Your Activity

In an effort to increase productivity in workspaces, Herman Miller, the furniture company behind the Aeron chair and the cubicle, has launched a desk sensor that collects data on how and when office spaces are being used.

The data Live OS collects is shown on a dashboard that companies can access. Live OS also includes an app extension that lets individual employees set goals for sitting and standing. In other words, it’s a Fitbit for your desk.

Live OS was launched today at NeoCon in Chicago as part of a collaboration with designer Yves Béhar for smarter office furniture. It pairs with Herman Miller sit-to-stand desks and lets users control the height of their…

The Importance Of Stand-Up Desks In Start-Ups

The Importance Of Stand-Up Desks In Start-Ups

A new revolution is slowly brewing in organizations in office working, regarding the health and fitness of their employees. Just imagine what havoc can sitting for eight to 10 hours at a stretch behind a computer can wreak on your health. This negative anomaly is now being set right.

Today, sitting on work desks is passé, the new trend is working from stand-up desks. If you are wondering what stand-up desks are, they are simply work desks that are raised suitably to enable you to work standing up.

Why stand-up desks?

The logic of working standing up is that it keeps you fit and healthy. The conventional way of working, sitting on the desk behind a computer the whole day, has been equated to a vice that the slogan ‘sitting is the new smoking’ describes quite succinctly.

The stand-up desks are not somebody’s figment of imagination, the trend has very much been implemented in big companies, such as Color Labs, Zoosk, Facebook, GroupMe and Venmo. These companies are known for using stand-up desks based on health research.

This trend is especially important for start-ups, since introducing it early in the organization sets the right trend and make employees get used to it. Stand-up desks assume importance as it conserves the health of the users and helps them keep fit.

Hi-tech standing desks

Ever heard of Aspirus or Stir Kinetic Desk? They are the hi-tech standing desks that are currently making waves in the corporate world as a healthy option for people who spend the whole day sitting behind desk.


Aspirus is one of the leading desk-cum-treadmill products that incorporates automation, data gathering and customization. It is not only a desk, but a contraption that can be placed on top of the work desk to turn it into a ‘smart standing workstation’.

Aspirus has got some outstanding features. Adjustable height with a touch of a button with a maximum height of 46 centimeters (18 inches), capable of mounting a monitor…

How to Organize All the Cables Under Your Desk

If you looked under your desk and finally got fed up with the mess of cables underneath, here’s how to organize that mess and get your cables under control.

Most of the time, you probably don’t care how all of your cables look in the first place. After all, they’re hidden under your desk where no one will see them anyway. But the moment you need to unplug something, you finally realize just what kind of chaos lives down there. Thankfully, you can do something about it—all it takes is a little bit of time and attention.

Step One: Unplug Everything

It’s best to start from scratch, which means unplugging everything from the power strip and separating all the cables.

You can stop right there if you want to, but you can also unplug everything from the other end and completely throw all the cables off to the side for a completely clean slate. This makes things a bit easier, but it’s not absolutely necessary.

Step Two: Mount the Power Strip to the Desk or Wall

Perhaps the most important step is finding the best place to mount the power strip, because all of your cables will converge to that one point.

Since I have a standing desk that can move up and down, the best place to mount the power strip is on the underside of the desk, that way it’s mostly hidden and it moves with the desk whenever I switch it to standing or sitting mode. This also allows all of the cables to remain static whenever I adjust the desk’s height.

However, my desk surface is only about an inch thick. If yours is the same, you’ll want to make sure to use short screws that won’t pierce through, as well as use a piece of tape on the drill bit so that you don’t drill all the way through the desk surface when drilling the pilot holes.

However, if you have a regular desk, you could just mount it to the wall. The goal here is to get…

The Ideal Posture When Using a Laptop Is Simple

In Summary: It’s not easy to figure out the best way to get work done without causing some sort of strain on your body. For a laptop user working at home, the position to take is a lot more comfortable then you’d think!

There are lots of guidelines for your posture when you’re sitting at your desk, for those who use a standing desk, or if you combine both. But what if you’re not at a desk? What’s the best posture for those of you prefer to get your work done on the sofa or in bed?

According to one study from 2010, if you’re regularly using a laptop, the best position is lying down with your knees up and the laptop resting on your thighs.

Every other position you can think of will create strain somewhere in your body,…