Stand in Style
Elevate makes it possible to use any existing desktop or table surface as a standing workstation for your laptop. Made from naturally strong birch ply, the Elevate has a modern, sustainable aesthetic to suit any environment.
*UPDATE* ELEVATE IS FUNDED!
Now that our campaign is complete, keep up with Elevate at http://www.getelevate.nz We are also on Facebook and Twitter! Check our Kickstarter updates page for production videos and news about reward shipments. Thanks again for all your amazing support!
The research and evidence is undeniable – we all need to better balance how long we spend sitting vs standing.
Who stands behind Elevate
Three New Zealanders, Sean Ross, Dominic McKiernan and Hayden Breese believe the world could be a little bit better if was easier to stand at your desk. All of us do a lot of sitting and have come together from IT, creative, and design backgrounds, it made sense to try and combine our skills to develop this product.
When we first approached this problem we were disappointed at how large and bulky existing standing solutions had become. What we wanted was something that could do more than just get the job done. We wanted something that improved our physical and visual environment.
A natural addition to your modern working environment
Lightweight, portable and a small footprint, Elevate is the perfect way to position your body and your workstation.
Most standing solutions raise the entire work surface. This can leave you staring down at a screen or with your keyboard and mouse too high. Elevate places the screen at a more comfortable level and provides a secondary keyboard and mousing area.
Clean and simple
Elevate comes flat packed and assembles in seconds with no tools required. There is no need for a bulky standing desk, simply assemble and dissemble or move aside to return to a sitting position.
Tell the world
The Journey so far
Dozens of designs, experiments and prototypes later we now have a production ready unit. After a year of R&D we believe the product strikes the perfect balance between utilising existing workspace and giving users the option to spend some of their day comfortably standing.
Making the magic!
Elevate is designed and manufactured in beautiful New Zealand. Manufactured and distributed from Auckland, we are using a state of the art Thermwood CNC Router to cut our unit parts from 12mm Birch ply. Once initial units are cut, each unit is then finished off by hand. Super efficient ‘nesting’ software allows for a minimum of waste. Choosing the correct size compression cutter gives us an extremely clean cut that requires only the minimal of hand sanding, creating a natural modern look. Leaving the plywood surface unsealed will reduce allergy concerns and allow our customers the choice of finishers. Either way, the unit looks great without use of oil, wax or polyurethane.
How does it work?
The stand itself slopes on an angle away from the user and it slots naturally into its base, stabilising the design. This creates a sturdy, stable structure for weight bearing items such as laptops, keyboards, and a mouse. Some users may prefer further stabilisation and a supporting rod is included that can be inserted into the back of the unit to maximise stability.
Evenly placed slots in the main vertical frame allow the user to adjust the height of the keyboard level. Equally the top level which holds the laptop, is height adjustable using the slots. Specially designed grooves in the shelves keep them firmly in place.
- Materials – natural birch ply
- Assembly – 4 components easily slot together
- Optional – included supporting rod for extra rigidity
- Capacity – suitable for full sized laptops or tablets
- Manufacturing – CNC, hand finishing
- Production timeline -(4-6 weeks after campaign closure)
Benefits list for those with short attention spans:
- Makes use of any existing desktop or table surface
- Small footprint. a standing option that does not require you to
sacrifice your entire desktop.
- Unit is lightweight and portable, even viable for travel.
- Ergonomically sound, a standing option that positions your screen at a neck and shoulder friendly height
- Natural birch ply is extremely strong
- Multipurpose, compatible with tablets
- Flat pack design, no tools required and assembles in seconds
- A more viable standing option, user not tied into using a standing desk all day or reconfiguring entire desks or desktop units from
- Standing to sitting mode. They can stand when they feel like it.
- Elegant design solution, product is a functional art piece
- Extremely rigid, suits laptops of all sizes
- Minimal materials used in manufacturing. due to small footprint and design nearly all wood product is utilised, and what remains is recycled
Real World Product Testing:
The future of Elevate
We believe in design, sustainability and a modern approach to engaging with devices. Elevate Workstations Ltd. is the name we have given to our startup and we plan to develop more concepts to help people benefit from design in modern and sustainable ways. Thank you for believing in us.
Meet our team
The team behind the Elevate: Dominic McKiernan, Sean Ross and Hayden Breese
Dominic McKiernan, NZ based freelance Modelmaker, Silversmith, Designer and Sculptor providing 3D solutions in a range of materials.
Sean Ross, NZ based IT Consultant and web guy. Currently working full time as owner/operator of http://www.apug.org , one of the webs largest traditional photo communities.
Hayden is CEO and founder of MYTH Digital & Brand Agency. He has 15 years experience as a strategic adviser in brand identity, website development, and consumer behaviour. His primary sector experience includes, Advertising & Marketing, Tech, Software, Education, Sport & Entertainment.
What others are saying about prolonged sitting and why this is important…
“Scientists find that prolonged sitting is linked to increased risk of certain cancers such as colon cancer." http://livescience.com/46345-prolonged-sitting-risk-cancers.htmlA good roundup of standing desk benefits:
“Sitting our life away, it seems, may be
very bad for our health and even our life expectancy."
“We all know that sitting is the new smoking — it raises the
risk of disability, diabetes, heart disease and cancer, not to mention
Risks and challenges
Our team do not anticipate any risks or challenges with the Elevate. We are fully production ready and have completed several successful test runs. We have solid relationships in place with our suppliers and manufacturing. Packaging is also ready. As soon as the campaign completes and campaign funds are released, we will be producing the units and shipping them out as quickly as possible. Whether low or high volume we are fully prepared and committed to the delivery of our product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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