• Working At This Desk Burns Calories

    Is sitting at a desk for extended periods of time deadly? Several medical studies say “yes.”

    From obesity, heart disease and back problems, we face serious health risks by sitting for most of our work day. According to a longitudinal study by the American Cancer Society that tracked 123,000 Americans, men who sit for more than 6 hours a day face a 20 percent higher death rate than men who sit for 3 hours or less. The difference among women was worse: 40 percent.

    That study helps explain the appeal of height-adjustable desks: standing while working is productive and also burns calories. The only real downside is having to remove and put back all of your desk items -- monitors, keyboard, paper stacks -- whenever you want to raise your desk. But what if your desk could raise itself automatically without you having to go through any trouble?

    Check out the Stir Kinetic Desk, a desk I fell in love with at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. Not only does it sense

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  • Of all the new inventions I came across at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, Onewheel was the most innovative.

    Created by Kyle Doerksen, a consumer products engineer and avid snowboarder, Onewheel is a self-balancing, electric skateboard that carves cement like a snowboard on only – you guessed it – one wheel. And at a top speed of 12 mph, it glides almost as fast as a Segway.

    Doerksen made his first prototype in his garage, a mishmash of tires and plywood. But without a stability augmentation system within the board’s motor, he surmised that he wouldn’t be able to balance himself.

    “The first functional prototype had a chain drive and big, heavy acid batteries, [and] even that first one was really fun to ride,” said Doerksen, who set out to turn that prototype into a product. "That meant simplifying it, making it more powerful and maneuverable.”

    Onewheel is just that. It's primary feature is a big, go-kart tire, 6-inches-wide, that contains an electric hub motor. The board also has gyro and

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  • Home security often feels a lot like “Mission: Impossible” with a professionally installed complicated network of hidden lasers and sensors, all connected to a keypad that begins counting down the moment you unlock the door. Fail to hit the code in time and you risk sounding an alarm or potentially alerting the police.

    But The Canary smart home security device gets rid of all of that and simplifies this heart pounding experience that’s really not necessary for many of us, particularly renters and those living in urban areas.

    The Canary is like the Nest thermostat of home security. Instead of an unattractive and complicated home security system, the Canary is a sleek and attractive cylindrical device that was built to be displayed, not hidden.

    And like the Nest, the Canary learns your behavior over time and intelligently alerts you if something is out of the ordinary, using its various sensors that detect heat, noise, temperature and of course movement.

    The device connects to your

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