I've gone into more detail here: http://reustle.io/blog/cant-stand-sitting
Because I have a corner desk, I can sit at the other half when I want to write, and I use a stool for the rare occasions I want to sit while typing.
Compare this to the a similar looking Ikea Galant workstation at $180-$200. You're getting the motor(s), electronics, actuators, and slide bearings for an additional $200 more.
I'm curious as to how they managed to do away with the horizontal stabilizing bar (this is mentioned as a feature in the video). Without something connecting the legs together, it seems like the left and right tracks could potentially get out of alignment and potentially bind as the desk top raises.
My current verdict from my home built sit stand desk is that it's great for a change a couple times a day. What I found, though, is that my hip starts to hurt after an extended period of standing in one place. I'm now trying standing on an EVA foam pad to see if this helps with that problem.
Incidentally, if you're curious as to how I added sit-stand capability to my desk for less than $200, check out my blog post: http://planiverse.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/building-a-sit-st... .
A friend of mine listened to my brainstorming and said "why don't you just get a taller chair?". He was right.
This $140 drafting chair is what I have now. It has a padded seat, back, armrests, and is just as comfy as any other office chair I've tried. http://www.amazon.com/Boss-Multi-Function-Leatherplus-Drafti...
There are cheaper ones that are more like a stool, more expensive ones, and even some weird (but expensive) saddle type chairs that are designed to mimic standing while you're sitting down. But basically, if you want a standing desk and the ability to sit, ie if you're going to be buying a chair anyways, just buy a taller chair.
It takes a week or two for your feet to get used to it, and if you slouche or lean, you'll find yourself with sore hips at the end of the day. But once you get used to it, you'll find yourself standing much more than sitting. For me, I mostly only sit if I'm eating at my desk, or maybe for a bit after lunch. I have a standing desk at work and one at home. It's a different experience just walking up to your computer and start typing. Most people have to sit down first or stand up when they walk away. This lends to a sort of reluctance to switch from one state to another. Standing, I can lock my screen and walk away at any time.
I guess I'll start my Kickstarter campaign tonight.
P.S. 45" is not enough height for many of us tall folk, especially in dress shoes with a thick heel.
I'm 6'3" and my girlfriend is 5'5". Watching her try to use my standing desk is comical. I think those guys are being extremely optimistic, if not outright deceitful.
I think a good cheapo solution would be some sort of platform that you can place on top of an existing desk and will go up and down with hydraulic legs or similar. That way you don't have to remove your desk at your office, get a new chair or similar to try it out.
Kickstarter is supposed to be for projects that are interesting, but that traditional investors probably won't touch. A stand-sit desk hardly qualifies, IMO. Obviously people are free to give money to whatever they want, but I, for one, won't throw any money at such ho-hum ideas.
Oh, and a quick google search shows that their price point isn't even that much of an improvement on the existing market.
I don't see why only certain types of businesses should use Kickstarter. The only times where it's upsetting to me are when people who already have more than enough money to take risks, instead turn to crowdfunding to convince others to.
I disagree. That desk is priced at £407, whereas this one goes for £240. All else equal, that's significant.
This desk also has a cross bar for support and to conceal an axle which allows the desk to have a single beefy motor. I have found the cross beam to be crucial as I have used the desk off-and-on as part of my treadmill setup and every now and then you want to stabilize yourself holding the desk. Even with the cross beam it can wobble in this scenario.
[Edit: Some are pointing out cheaper and alternative ways without any snark or smugness, which is great. I wasn't aiming at them and appreciate their input.]
With one trifling exception, the universe consists entirely of other people. A box may not solve their use case just because it solves yours. For them an affordable motorised desk may be the perfect solution.
So stop being a dick.
FWIW, I have a 27" and 2 24"s.
I would never buy a desk that had auto-up and auto-down, just like I'll never buy a car with auto-up windows after nearly getting decapitated by this "feature" in a Volkswagen Passat.
Speaking of Ikea. I stared with an Ikea hack as my standing desk. Building a combo coffee table with a book shelf as a keyboard tray, all for about $34. That sat on top of my existing Ikea desk/table. I used that until I was convinced I wanted to stay with the standing desk.
There are two drawback to the Ikea hack solution. 1) they are not readily adjustable. You don't want to stand 100% of the time, certainly not when starting out. 2) they can be very top heavy if you have more than one monitor and a workstation AND a laptop.
The electric motors look cool, but are totally unnecessary. It takes about 10 seconds to crank the table up or down by hand.
What goes unmentioned in most standing desk articles is the need for a really good mat to stand on. Here are the best I've found that are also a reasonable price:
I have a feeling it will get really annoying to use the two buttons on the regular frame over and over again if you're changing the height of the desk a lot. The desk will probably never be at the same height twice if you're telling it when to stop instead of it automatically stopping at the desired height.
Edit: The main point I'm making is for the $399 price, it'd make a lot more sense to include at least one or two memory buttons if a single person uses the desk.
It's not uncommon for two people to use a desk, if not interchangeably, then at least regularly.
WRT price, I have a GeekDesk with four memory presents, and it cost about $1000. Is that a lot or a little? It's hard for me to judge, but among the motorized desks it seemed to hit the optimal price / quality point.
I wouldn't go back to a conventional, seated-only desk.
That said, Dave Asprey isn't a name that inspires trust. I would be uncomfortable backing a project he plays such a central role in.
As another commenter mentioned, his primary claim to fame is "bulletproof coffee"(tm). Among other things, he promotes his own coffee beans by claiming that all other coffee is somehow riddled with mycotoxins - which his isn't, for whatever reason. 
More subjectively, he comes across as a modern age health guru who touts all his opinion as revelatory fact.
I am skeptical of most dieting programs, I have nothing hard against this particular one but can't see myself how adding more butter is going to help any fat people with anything.
255 lbs is 102kg; in other words, if I sit on this desk, I'm getting close to the breaking point. Not good :(.
(INB4: yes, people do occasionally sit on their desks, sometimes without even thinking about it - e.g. when full of joy, or drunk. Also there's a good chance that someone at some point will want to stand on a desk to, say, change a lightbulb. Consider this especially if you're buing desks for a more public place, like e.g. your local Hackerspace.)
...Or if they're someone who takes "Standing Desk" the wrong way.
Sorry I couldn't help it.
I'm guessing as long as you stand on the portion of the desk directly above a leg you're probably fine even well over 102kg.
Something else to note is that further down it mentions that the 225 lbs limit doesn't include the weight of the table top, so it might be closer to 200.
In fact, according to  a keyboard height of 710mm is only suitable if you are at least 1.88m (6'2") so you have to be pretty tall.
The stroke of the StandDesk is 432mm, and I need 420mm so the range is okay for my height. However if I was 1.85m (6'1") or taller the range would be too small.
Back Designs also have guidelines for adjustable work surfaces and again, the StandDesk ranges are just a bit short.
All in all, it looks like a product with great potential, but perhaps needs the specifications reassessed a bit more in order to be truly suitable to a wider user base.
 http://www.computingcomfort.org/create2.asp or http://www.ergotron.com/tabid/305/language/en-US/default.asp....
 http://www.backdesigns.com/Desk-work-surface-height-W144.asp.... towards the end of the page.
I was pricing a CRANK ModTable - it as going to be over 560 and it isn't even motorized. Getting a motorized one would be about 630.
So for this motorized version at 399 is, as stated on their kickstarter page, "most affordable".
Edit: All the suggestions for cheaper alternatives are really just compromises - stacking cardboard ikea tables, or recycling bins, or used warehouse pallets - "$37 cheaper even with the tetanus shot - so sick of kickstarter scams".
Anyone know what accounts for the huge price difference between these two?
I do like the built in power system.
> if we receive enough pledges, we'll push the date several months.
You guys are paying for fairy dust.
The StandDesk offered on Kickstarter is a bit less expensive though. I've paid 499 euro (currently 688 USD) for it almost 4 years ago, and that was without the top (I think).
Well I'm out.