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My PhD research is about using computation in the wild, but usually my projects are not as straightforward as this....

Here's the idea: Strap a laptop stand to a tree. Blammo! That's it!

Why?
Well everyone (especially around instructables) always talks about how bad sitting is for you, so everyone makes standing desks. But, you know what else seriously lowers your quality of life? Being trapped indoors all the time! Now you can go do your work, stand up, and enjoy the amazing world around you!

Personal Motivations
Dissertation Writing: This idea originally came up because I am now starting to write my dissertation. I figured that I would feel like a pretty big phony if, while writing a book about how great it is to be outdoors with nature, I was sitting inside my sterile house for the whole semester. This gives me a way to write down my ideas situated in the gorgeous world which I am describing (psst. the second image is a GIF, look how beautiful fall is in Atlanta!). Hopefully doing this will prevent me from including some erroneous assumptions about the world in my manuscript.

Jungle Re-programming: I also started having this idea during my field research in Panama. Sometimes it became necessary to reprogram some of our equipment, but jungles are that great for sitting down indian style, and laptops need a lap (or something else). The best we found was the hood of a truck, but that isn't always there. Being able to toss up a little station anywhere could be really awesome! I can't wait to test it out next summer!

Rights
As with everything I do it goes right into the public domain. The laptop holder was generously provided by Mathew Owen from Fablab: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:49812/#files and is under a Creative Commons Attribution license. Everything else, especially the concept of tie-tree-to-laptop, is open-hardware and free for anyone to do anything with. Importantly, I want the hardware to be open so that no trolls can come around and sit on a patent, and try to stop other people from making cool tree desks. Also, this is the earliest design, and it has some flaws, so it'd be great to see what people come up with.

Also, this isn't the craziest new idea, I'm sure there's a bunch already out there, hopefully they can point me to those and I can see the even better ideas that may be lurking!
 
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ivancamilov9 months ago
Your research sounds fascinating. Is there somewhere we can read more about it?
blorgggg (author)  ivancamilov8 months ago
I try to put my research all at: www.digitalnaturalism.org, though it is hard to keep it as updated as I would like!
rockerape2 months ago

That's how bears trap humans nowadays.

Mindmapper18 months ago
excellent idea! could also be strapped to light and power poles, road signs etc.
Kiteman9 months ago
I think you need some way of making it collapsible/pop-up, so it can stay folded in a side pocket of your rucksack, then whipped out as needed.

Hmm...
Kiteman Kiteman9 months ago
Just a rough sketch, snapped on my phone, but I hope you get the idea.

It's hinged half-way down the sides, and at each corner. When not in use, the middle of the sides folds inwards, the whole thing stores flat. For lightness, the hinges could be as simple as a row of holes on each piece, threaded with elastic.

In use, fasten the straps through the cut-outs, and the tension holds the whole stand in shape. You may need a length of paracord between the two hinges so that the sides do not open too far.

If you may be using it for smaller laptops, or tablets, you could cut holes all along the top edges, then weave a net of paracord across the stand.
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blorgggg (author)  Kiteman8 months ago
Yeah! I think that would be the ultimate! Cool idea! thanks for the design sketch! I'll def try something like it out for version 2 in the spring!
paganwonder9 months ago
A longer strap around tree, slightly above hip level could provide a brace for hips to allow more body shifting options for longer periods...something to lean against to relieve joint stress in legs, back, shoulders
blorgggg (author)  paganwonder8 months ago
Cool thought! My bag came with 4 straps and I have been wondering what to do with the other 2. I'll have to try it out!
piedrabob788 months ago
Hahaha great alternate uses LOL Congratulations, loved the idea
blorgggg (author)  piedrabob788 months ago
thanks!
Lindie9 months ago
Very creative! Love it!
weikie9 months ago
good idea
blissful20159 months ago
love love love!!!
Awesome idea! With the alternative uses this takes walking and texting to a whole new level!
bertus52x119 months ago
I specially like the alternate uses!
What a great tool to hold your plate at BBQ's.