The most exciting new feature to be released on a standing desk in 2022 is voice-controlled operation. You can simply tell Siri to “Stand up” and your desk will start moving to a custom height programmed in the VertDesk v3 app.
While adding the voice control function to your next standing desk is really exciting (we may be a bit bias about the excitement), there are actually quite a few more reasons you should consider it. In this post, we will cover the top six other reasons you should consider adding this function to your new VertDesk v3.
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6 Reasons To Add VertDesk v3 Voice Control
- Less Money Than Programmable Switch
- Four Presets Custom To Your Phone
- Can Remove Switch From Desk
- Improved Safety With Small Children
- Includes Activity Assistant
- Makes Back-End Customization and Troubleshooting Easier
- Bottom Line
VertDesk v3 Voice Control Showcase Video
1. Less Money Than Programmable Switch
Depending on your budget, adding the $59 programmable switch on the VertDesk v3 might already be stretching your budget. While the upgrade to voice control adds $20, it is quite a bit less than the programmable switch, but gives you the same functionality.
While using the app, you’re able to set four preset positions, just like you can with the programmable switch. From the main screen of the app, you’re able to select one of the four presets to make one-touch height adjustments.
With a recent change to the iOS 13 operating system, Apple has made an easier way to save shortcuts to the home screen of your phone. Because the functionality of our presets in the VertDesk app work from shortcuts, this new system allows you to move these to your home screen for easier access.
If you don’t want to voice the command, you won’t have to open the app to make these quick height adjustments on iOS devices. This makes using the presets on your phone even easier than before.
2. Four Presets Custom To Your Phone
If your desk is being used in a shared working environment, saving presets on a programmable controller is somewhat limited. With the industry standard of four presets, a desk shared between two people only leaves you with two presets per person.
The way our VertDesk v3 app works is each phone is able to store its own four preset positions. When you connect to the desk, the presets you have saved in your app will be what is programmed in the control box until a new phone connects. We’ve found this to be most useful with desks in a home office.
3. Can Remove Switch from Desk
If you’re like me, you want to create the sleekest looking desk possible. Having the digital or standard switch on your desk isn’t a deal killer, but after seeing as many desks as I have, going without a switch looks the best.
4. Improved Safety with Small Children
A continuation of the previous reason to add voice control, removing the switch creates a safety perk. Without a switch, there is no way for little kids to accidentally push the up or down one-touch button.
5. Includes Activity Assistant
As you set up your app for the VertDesk, one of the options is to initialize the activity assistant. This was put in place to create reminders to sit and stand. Both positions are equally important, as too much of either can be bad for you.
With the activity assistant, you’re able to set reminders as short as five minutes and as long as four hours. For new standing desk users, we suggest starting with shorter periods of standing and longer periods of sitting. Most will start with five to ten minutes of standing and fifty to fifty-five sitting.
As your body becomes more accustomed to standing, you can increase the standing periods. Eventually, you may find yourself standing as much as you’re sitting. In some cases, you may even enjoy standing longer than sitting. Regardless, the activity assistant will make it easier for you to create a healthy working environment.
6. Makes Back-End Customization and Troubleshooting Easier
The smart control box system used on the VertDesk v3 comes standard with a lot of customization and safety options. While all of these can be accessed via that standard and programmable switch, the VertDesk app makes this process much easier.
You can simply navigate through the menu system to access features such as collision sensitivity, shelf and container stop and turning on/off one-touch functionality. You are able to quickly make changes to these VertDesk functions with a couple of clicks in the app versus multiple button combinations on the standard and programmable buttons.
While voice control functionality on the VertDesk v3 is the most interesting and notable technology update to our desk, it might not be the most important to you. There are quite a few reasons to consider adding voice control to your next VertDesk v3 purchase. The six additional reasons we cover in this post is really just the beginning. As we move forward, we plan to launch additional features to this version of the VertDesk. Without the Bluetooth control box, you won’t be able to access these features as they are released. If you have additional questions about voice control functionality or Bluetooth technology in the VertDesk v3, please drop us an email or give our sales staff a call.