Sitting is comfy, but hours (and hours and hours) on your rear end isn’t great for your bod (even though it probably won’t kill you). Standing is good but tiresome after a while. Hybrid desks can be pricey but IKEA is betting on Bekant, a workspace that raises and lowers on two telescopic legs with a button push.
The concept itself is not new, and other (more pricey) mechanised models — like Stir’s Kinetic Desk — add in all kinds of features for tracking things like calories burned and following movement habits from day-to-day. Bekant goes up and Bekant goes down. So it’s clever, and convenient, but not necessarily “smart” in the way we like to refer to our ultra-modern, tech-enabled products.
But it doesn’t need to be! I’ve piled books on my own traditional desk to achieve the on-my-feet effect, but it looked janky as hell and wasn’t a totally feasible option in the long run. (I prefer the sofa now, and yes, my posture is horrific). And I think we can all look forward to the ingenious modifications made to the frame and system by ambitious IkeaHackers. Who knows what this thing is truly capable of, amirite?
There are a few different configurations, starting at $US499. $US499 is not inexpensive. But if you were leaning towards a more active nine-to-five experience, this could be the precisely the segue you’re looking for. Australian pricing is yet to be announced. [IKEA via SlashGear ]