Autonomous Sit-to-Stand Desk

$299 Electric height adjustable standing desk w/ memory pad

#2 Product of the WeekFebruary 04, 2016
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Autonomous Sit-to-Stand Desk is a bamboo lined standing and sitting desk with a motor built right in.

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Hi everyone! So happy to be back on ProductHunt :) Meet the new Autonomous Sit-to-Stand Desk. We've been working really hard in the last 9 months to make a lot of hardware/software/mechanical improvements, streamline our supply chain, and most importantly reduce our production expenses. For only $299, you'll get a Premium Standing Desk with Grade-A Wood Tops, Heavyweight Industrial Steel Frame, Smart Memory Keypad, Dual Electric Motors that are super silent, smooth and powerful (350-pound load capacity). We back all our products with 5-Year Warranty and 30-Day Trial. Happy to answer any questions here!
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@duyhtq Cool to see this and the price has made it more affordable! One weird question from me. When I was sitting at a standing desk recently, I kept accidentally pressing the button for it to move upwards... pretty annoying haha. Do you have anything in place to stop this? What was the feedback from the previous desk? What did you implement? Would you consider making a really cheap alternative like Oristand? Wireless charging pad is pretty cool πŸ™ˆ
@bentossell Hey Ben, yep, super excited to make it more affordable for everyone! There are a few different ways to "stop" the motion. For our entry model and Pro model, you simply hold the button to go up/down and release it to stop. If you use our memory pad, and press 1/2/3/4 to go up to one of your preset heights, and simply press either up or down to stop. Very intuitive UI :) Now, for our AI model, you can stop in the iPhone app (and soon Apple Watch). You can also use voice commands to stop it.
@bentossell We're actually very happy with the first release of the desk last year. We have a lot of repeated customers. The defective & return rate is super low. See some of our customer reviews here: https://www.autonomous.ai/customers We've made a lot of improvements in the mechanical & electrical components. The control box is now smaller. The motor movement is a lot more silent and smooth (but still as fast and as powerful). We also extended our warranty from 2 years to 5 years! As far as the wood top, we're now using better finishes, especially on the White and Black top. For the Walnut and Oak top, we're switching to Grade-A veneers only. For the AI model, we'll be releasing our iOS / Android app this month, with a lot of new voice apps for the desks like calling Uber right from your desk with just one command "Call a taxi" or ordering lunch with one command like "Order my favorite pizza".
@bentossell Oristand is super cool. I wish I thought of it :) I guess it all comes down to your personal choice. If you want a full standing desk as a valuable piece of furniture, then we're the obvious choice because of our product quality, customer service, warranty, shipping time, and everything else. If you want something more temporary, I think Oristand is an excellent choice!
@duyhtq With the stopping movement I literally meant if there is a way to lock it so that accidentally pressing to go up/down won't work. Kind of like a child lock? Yeah it is awesome but given your position and reputation in this market I was wondering if a more portable version like Oristand was in your roadmap at all,
I can't wait for you guys to be able to ship to UK cheaper than $300!
@kinnth hey tom, we ship a lot to the UK actually. if you consider the total cost at $599, it is still an awesome price point and likely better than anything you can buy locally in the UK!
@duyhtq can you make that Brussels? I have my credit card ready.
@tapefinder we ship worldwide :) have been shipping to over 30 countries!
@duyhtq sure it's not a bad price, but if you consider it 100% the cost of the desk for shipping i'd rather wait until you distribute within Europe more efficiently.
@kinnth hi tom.. entering a new market is always tricky. any advice / suggestion / recommendation on which cities we should be in first? we want to find a location that will be close to tech hubs (like san francisco or new york in the US), and from where we can ship the desks to different countries in europe. thanks!
Since I initially saw the product here, I'll also share my negative experience with Autonomous (in case anyone is interested in newer updates). In April, I ordered one of their standing desks. Shipping date was announced for May. In May, my order was delayed to June. In June, my order was delayed to July. In July, today, my order gets delayed yet again, this time for an "end of August" shipping estimate. Meanwhile, their website currently lists shipping on new orders for late July. If anyone is interested in ordering something from Autonomous, here's a tip: don't.
@tvcalling β€” Looks like this company got busted while trying to resell an office chair on Kickstarter, raising over $500k before some folks noticed and got KS to cancel the project. https://www.reddit.com/r/shittyk...
I cancelled my order as did many other disgruntled customers after our promised ship dates kept getting pushed back month after month. Delaying orders for MONTHS at a time is just amateur hour -- if you don't have the products, don't tell customers you do. (And not understanding how shipping from China works is not a valid excuse).

I bought one of their DIY desk sets and when I was setting it up learned the specs on their website weren't even close to what they shipped me. I contacted them and they initially said to just return it if I wasn't happy (which isn't the easiest with a 100 lbs assembled desk frame), but eventually promised they would ship me the right product... After a few followup emails from me, the suddenly just stopped responding, I'm still with the wrong desk, and their website still has the wrong specs. I question if they'd honour their warranty.

Pros:

One of the more affordable sit stand desks

Cons:

Customer service is nearly non-existent

Specs and information on website are incorrect

Questionable if they'll honour their warranty

I have bought two standing desks from Autonomous in the past. Just before the end of the warranty period, I had trouble with a part on one of the desks. I emailed customer service and referenced the warranty. They shipped me the replacement part quickly, easily, and without any questions. So, I think that they stand by the warranty (at least in my case).
How are they any better than the IKEA sit/stand desks ?