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What is LEVIT8?
LEVIT8 is a flat folding standing desk, with a twist (literally)!
LEVIT8 gives us the freedom of transforming any ordinary desk into a sit-stand desk anytime, anywhere, and quickly!
No parts, no assembly. It utilises an age-old box-twist folding technique. So with a simple twist and fold, it flattens so you can easily tuck it away into our shelf or bag.
No refurnishing. No hefty price tags.
You now have a cool and affordable way to start off your journey towards a healthier (and more fun!) way of working.
Do you, or someone you know often spend hours sitting and using their laptops?
Studies have shown that sitting all day makes us less productive and might even shorten our lifespan by increasing the risk of certain diseases. Even among those who exercise regularly! They say it’s “the new smoking”.
Many people are turning to standing desks, but standing all day is isn't the solution. Our bodies are just not built to be still, we’re built to move!
Why couldn’t we find a suitable sit-stand desk?
We wanted a hybrid sit-stand station that allowed us to seamlessly switch between sitting and standing. Something as portable as our laptops, since we use them everywhere.
other portable standing desks available are either too expensive, bulky or troublesome.
So we created LEVIT8.
Who is LEVIT8 for?
Fuss Free. No parts. No assembly. This allows you to seamlessly switch between sitting and standing to stay rejuvenated and alert at work.
Slim and lightweight for true portability and easy storage.
Ergonomic. LEVIT8 gives you the freedom to stand or sit when you’re tired or aching from staying in the same position for too long.
However, laptops have an inherent ergonomic fault: the screen is next to the keyboard, so you always have to look down. But if you have a detached keyboard, LEVIT8 helps to raise the screen to eye level when you sit to type.
Durable. Crafted from especially tough fabric that is water-repellent and stain-proof, LEVIT8 is hardy enough to follow you on all your adventures and survive your coffee spills!
Stable and weight-bearing. LEVIT8 is more than able to support your larger, heavier laptops.
Versatile. When you’re not using it to elevate your laptops, LEVIT8 has many other uses! Now it’s up to you to get creative!
Who are we?
Levit8 Co. is a team of three passionate Industrial Designers based in Singapore. We’re geeks and dreamers who love to observe daily life, imagine new worlds and develop fun and functional solutions for people on the go. With 6 years of industry experience, our backgrounds range from Experience to Interaction Design, Product Engineering to Marketing.
The LEVIT8 Story - be part of it!
We went through numerous rounds of rigorous ideation, prototyping and iterations based on feedback from the local community, before chancing upon this age-old folding technique- the box-spiral fold. And who knew the solution could surface from origami? It resulted in something that was stable, easily collapsible and beautiful, through a single loop of 8 triangular panels.
Following material selection, we moved on to fine-tune every last detail. Inspired by the level of craftsmanship, durability and timelessness of the bookbinding technique, we sought help from local bookbinding experts and local crafters experienced in fabric, we crafted the our LEVIT8 right here in our school’s “basement”. What was surprising was how versatile it was as people suggested using it for storage (eg. magazines, charges, scarves), as a decorative item and to prop up other things like Launchpads for DJs!
So this is where you come in!
In order to make LEVIT8 a reality we need two things from you. We need you to back our campaign, but we also need you to take an active stance to promote a healthier way of working. The first step could be as small as standing up when you feel lethargic, or simply by telling a friend with a desk job that you’re concerned. LEVIT8 does not completely correct our posture, nor completely combat the dangers of sedentary living. But it’s a start (a fun one indeed!), specially catered for those on-the-go!
The making of LEVIT8 requires close attention to detail, which is why we are overseeing our own team of craftsmen in Singapore to produce the first 120 pieces. But with an indication of demand through pledges, we would be pushing LEVIT8 further for larger-scale production.
So it's your support that will fuel this campaign, so join in and make a pledge! We'll also be using funds raised from this campaign to finish the final round of pre-production prototypes, fund the first production run of LEVIT8 and cover travel expenses to a manufacturer overseas if we do go ahead with larger-scale production.
Join us, let's make this happen together.
Rewards - What you will be receiving?
How do I choose the right size for myself?
Desks and tables come in a standard size of 29 1/2", so you simply need to order the one that fits your height. Experts say it's best to keep your shoulders relaxed and elbows bent at 90 degrees.
At the end of our Kickstarter campaign at start of December, you can indicate the height you want in our backer survey.
Our Production Timeline.
The Royals Bistro
Tembusu College, NUS
Risks and challenges
We've worked hard to understand the production and fulfilment of LEVIT8, with the help of other makers and entrepreneurs who’ve had much more experience in manufacturing and shipping, for what will (hopefully!) be a successful campaign. We've tried to think of everything from the details of material sourcing to making sure we have plenty of coffee to keep us going. But despite our best efforts, we're sure to run into some roadblocks. We'll deal with them the way we always do. Lots of lists, plenty of phone calls and a bunch of hard work. We're confident that we've set ourselves reasonable goals and have laid the foundation for something great.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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