This is a place for me to put miscellaneous updates about my computer setups, in reverse chronological order. You might also be interested in my instagram account for related pictures.
2020-05-25 – suspending keyboard from ceiling!
Today I was doing some standing computing (as described in the standing keyboard section of the deskless wfh post), when I realized I wanted to be able to take quick inversion breaks (handstands, headstands). Doing these inversions is impeded because I needed to detach my keyboard. Two solutions occurred to me:
Use straps + buckle to allow for quick attachment / detachment.
Also suspend the keyboard, so I can just walk up to it and start using it. Since the materials for this were readily at hand, I gave this option a shot! It took less than 5 minutes to set this up, which is a pretty great turnaround from idea to implementation.
Here's the initial implementation, using the same adjustable tie-downs and adhesive hooks described in the "Laptop Ceiling Suspension" post:
Here are some closeups on how it's attached:
The same can be done suspending it from branches / even twigs, just using the adjustable tie-downs$:
Roughly what it looks like in use:
So far I'm liking this a lot! I think there are still some advantages over a stationary mount, because the keyboard still has some movement freedom – I can move side to side / turn a bit. This movement freedom is not quite as much as suspension from pants, but there is the notable benefit that I can immediately walk away from the computer without having a keyboard attached to me!
2020-05-16 – "Polarizer Glasses" post
Synopsis: I built some variable angle polarizer glasses based on camera optics!
2020-05-02 – "Laptop Ceiling Suspension" post
Synopsis: Using adhesive hangers and adjustable tie-downs to suspend laptops.
2020-04-25 – hammock under the deck!
I found a rather nice spot under the deck for my Dutchware Chameleon backpacking hammock:
You might notice that there are some hooks hanging down. These are for suspending my laptop screen above my head, for ergonomic supine computing! These hooks are adjustable tie-downs$, attached via adhesive hangers$. The nice thing about these adhesive hangers is that they can be removed without damaging the surface.
So, this is very similar to the approach of suspending from zip-ties / wire as described in the "Laptop Ceiling Suspension" post. However, this was relatively unstable because the front of the body ended up resting on the ridgeline. I discovered that putting the hooks through the zip ties and hooking to the ridgeline added some nice stabilization:
I realize it might be hard to visualize how this works. Perhaps I will post some pictures of this hammock setup in use at some point. For now, here's a picture from the "Tree based Computing" post:
2020-03-25 – "Deskless Ergonomic Work-From-Home Setups" post
Synopsis: A few different ideas for comfortably working from home, without a desk.
2020-03-25 – "Tree Based Computing" post
Synopsis: A portable and ergonomic way to use your computer in nature.
2019-12-18 – "Supine Computing" post
Synopsis: Comfortable computer use while laying down, dealing with back pain. Hammocks!
2019-12-08 – "Outdoor Computing with a Deck Desk" post
Synopsis: Experiments in outdoor computing, deck desking, and reclined computing.
2018-10-01 – "Computing comfortably at 30,000 feet" post
Synopsis: How to use a laptop on an airline flight with decent ergonomics.
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