A micro-folding desk for typing while walking on a treadmill at the gym.
As a writer and programmer, I spend hours and hours in front of my computer. Several recent studies have shown that this is not so great for my health. That, combined with the fact that I get my best ideas while walking, prompted me to design something that would let me walk and work at the same time.
You’ve probably seen full-sized treadmill desks online or on television. Those don’t work for me. They're huge and ugly. I live in a small house and work from home or in coffee shops. I wanted something portable, something I could take to the gym so that I could be around other people sometimes.
After a month and a thousand dollars in plywood and power-tools, I came up with a patent-pending prototype (the ugly one above, not the beautiful one you'd get): the CardioDesk, adjustably angled and tensioned to fit most treadmill rails, with an anti-skid laptop surface and safety straps.
How Do I Use It?
With the CardioDesk you don’t need to own a treadmill. That’s the whole point! Take it to the gym, set it up on a treadmill, put your laptop on it, and go. It’s that easy. Imagine being able to walk while you catch up on email, shop online, write, code, or do whatever you tend to do on the computer.
What will my
CardioDesk look like?
Kickstarter backers will get the thinnest, smallest, foldable structure capable of supporting a laptop on a treadmill for typing, while keeping the wrists relaxed at an ergonomic height and the mouse-arm stabilized for accurate cursor movement. Check out our CAD-rendered drawing below.
Your CardioDesk will be handcrafted from attractive wood veneer in California by an expert woodworker (not me!) and guaranteed to be the best-looking object in the gym.
Remember, the “CardioDesk” is just the right size: small enough to tote with your laptop, yet large enough for keyboard and mouse. If you want to see someone using it, check out the video at the top.
Lots of people at my gym wanted prototypes like the ugly one in the video, but I wanted to prove and improve it as a product. This Kickstarter campaign will allow me to pay an expert to build the new version of the Cardiodesk as well as pay for upgraded materials and shipping. If enough people are interested in the Kickstarter edition of the CardioDesk, then I will invest in injection molds to make a more utilitarian version made of plastic.
Someday there may be a cheaper plastic version, but only if enough people try and enjoy the wooden luxury model now. Will that be you and your friends?
Non-us shipping is more expensive (e.g. $35US extra for Britain/Europe/Japan). For any questions at all, please be in touch. Thanks!
Dimensions: 11” x 11” x 1.25”
Weight: approximately 3 lbs
Materials: Hardwood-veneer plywood.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $17,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on January 2, 2012.
Nov 23, 2011 - Jan 2, 2012 (40 days)
Pledge $5 or more
TRAINER: We'll lovingly inscribe your name on our list of digital backers plus send you a handwritten thank you note. Domestic Shipping included. ;-)Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $10 or more
COACH: “Trainer” rewards, plus a CardioDesk decal for your car, window, or laptop screen. Domestic shipping included.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $25 or more
PHYSIOTHERAPIST: Your extra-warm fuzzies spur us to give you not only the “Coach” goodies, but also a desk-sized tote bag emblazoned with our logo. Domestic shipping included.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $115 or more
ERGONOMIST: Be a real player by pre-ordering one CardioDesk, in addition to all the “Physiotherapist” swag and the hot fuzzies you give us by voting with your feet (ahem). Domestic shipping included.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $500 or more
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ANALYST: Pre-order FIVE "Ergonomist" packages, to make your friends and family seem like visionaries too. Domestic shipping included.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
Pledge $2,500 or more
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STATISTICIAN: OMG, you’re a god. What a package! This lucky backer gets not only the “Analyst” package (FIVE CardioDesks, count ‘em!), but also a special invitation as Guest of Honor to our product launch party in Menlo Park, CA (“Venture Capital” of the world). Travel expenses not included (though domestic shipping is). At the party we'll be sure to serve some of your favorite dishes and praise you to the skies on camera!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012