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Awesome Stuff: Portable, Modular Computer Stands And Furniture

from the a-different-look dept

I know that it was just a few weeks ago when our weekly awesome stuff post covered standing desks, and this week may seem similar, but these three crowdfunding projects are a bit different -- they're more about portable and modular furniture, some of which may be helpful as a standing desk.
  • First up, we've got the StorkStand, which is a pretty clever method for turning a regular office chair into a mobile standing desk. I've explored portable standing desks in the past, and there hasn't been much out there beyond the Ninja Standing Desk, which once was a Kickstarter project too. It's pretty cool, but always struck me as just slightly too big to really be portable on a regular basis. That may be the same issue with the StorkDesk (which, amusingly, appears to have been built at the very same SF TechShop where the first Ninja Desk was built as well). However, as a more portable standing desk, the Stork Desk definitely looks like it could be handy if you're not looking to drag it around on long trips or on a daily commute.
    While the official price is $199, there are still a bunch of early birds left at somewhat lower prices. It's already raised about $20,000 on its way to $50,000 and with a full month to go, it'll likely hit the target.
  • Next up, we've got the Pillar, which is a portable notebook computer stand. It's pretty simple, but also looks nice and lightweight. The video more or less explains it all. I've already got a Goldtouch travel laptop stand, which I like a lot. And I know some folks really like the Roost (which was another big Kickstarter success, but the Pillar is pretty inexpensive ($20), and while not as adjustable, seems simple and lightweight (disclaimer: I just decided to back this myself...).
    At $20 ($18 for early birds), this is definitely a nice inexpensive option, and people seem to be backing it pretty quickly. It's raised over 30% of its $20,000 target in just a few days, so it seems likely to hit the goal.
  • Finally, we've got the Modos, which is a pretty cool concept for totally modular furniture. The main "feature" is the aluminum connectors with three extruded profiles, allowing you to slide in wooden boards of various shapes and sizes to... create almost any kind of furniture you want, with no additional tools. From the video, it certainly looks like you can build some impressive looking furniture with a little creativity, without needing any tools (unless you're cutting/finishing your own boards), that is also easy to take a part, move and rebuild. Among the examples they show are a standing desk stand, a full desk, bookshelves and a stool. But it looks like you could build lots of other stuff as well.
    There are a whole bunch of different options listed for ways to back this one, including some where you have to supply your own boards, and others where it comes with the boards. Actually, with so many options, it may be a bit overwhelming for folks trying to decide. Either way, they're off to a pretty quick start. As I'm typing this the project has only been live for a few hours, but already has reached 15% of its goal (and when I started typing this it was at 12%, so... it may be different by the time you read this).
That's it for this week. Go build some furniture for your computer.

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    Charyl, May 17th, 2014 @ 7:04pm


    Have tou done a review on the roost?

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    Greevar (profile), May 17th, 2014 @ 7:58pm

    The only thing that really grabs my attention is that Modos. It also makes me think that anybody could probably do the same thing for themselves at a home improvement store if they have a keen eye and a vivid imagination.

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    Ninja (profile), May 19th, 2014 @ 3:51am

    Modos seems to be an awesome idea to me. Even if you do have varying thickness in wooden boards this can be addressed. By far the best product in this batch!

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    Matt "Modos" Tyson (profile), May 19th, 2014 @ 7:13pm

    Modos modular furniture

    Hey Mike Masnick, Greevar and Ninja,

    Thank you for your excellent reviews of the Modos furniture system. We're glad you see the value in the desk; each board is one inch taller than the next, so the same kit can be adjusted for people from 5'2" to 6'3". We appreciate the feedback and hope you'll consider supporting the Kickstarter campaign. Thanks again!

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    Anonymous Coward, May 20th, 2014 @ 1:15am

    So because standing desks are expensive, you want to make a $200 storkstand, that is basically a chopped off ironing board that would cost less than $20 to produce...

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    Mike "StorkStand" Goldberg, May 20th, 2014 @ 9:27am

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks so much for your review of StorkStand. Modos and Pillar both look like great products as well - we wish them success in their crowdfunding campaigns!

    StorkStand is really a solution for people who are looking to lead healthier lives in and outside of the office, but don't necessarily want to spend $1,000 or more on a standing desk. The neat thing is you can move StorkStand anywhere in your office or throw it in your bag if you are someone who travels.
    We still have Early Bird discounts available at $149, so feel free to check us out at the link above.
    Thanks for your support!

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