I think that it makes a lot of sense to be very deliberate about making my working experience the best it can be, given that I spend about 47% of my w

How I Hacked My Standing Desk With a Raspberry Pi

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2021-07-22 10:30:03

I think that it makes a lot of sense to be very deliberate about making my working experience the best it can be, given that I spend about 47% of my waking hours at work.

Like many office workers today, I have a motorized sit-stand desk at work. (I built my own mechanical sit-stand desk at home, but that’s another story)

I found it strangely hard to build a habit of standing. I even tried setting reminders on my phone to stand up, but even then, it was too easy to ignore, and too easy to say “I’m tired right now. I’ll stand in a few minutes.”

So I decided to see if there were some way to automate my desk so that it would rise up on a schedule, whether I felt like standing or not.

I frankly didn’t expect this engineering project to work out, but I figured I’d try taking apart my desk’s control box and just see what was inside it.

I took off a few screws and … voila! A row of pins neatly exposed right in front. I imagine that they were added for testing, perhaps? I don’t expect that Poppin had a productivity-hacker like me in mind when designing these boxes, but these pins were exactly what I needed.

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