Since it opened up shop in July, Opendesk has been busy making open-sourced furniture whose designs can be downloaded, tweaked and then produced locally, anywhere in the world. Last month, they kitted out the entire offices for the self-built computer brand Kano. Now they’re turning their attention to developing a range of smart products that integrates technology into their furniture–starting with the humble wooden desk.
That would be Buro, an Internet-connected “data desk” that has a computer baked into its design. Fitted snugly inside of a small desk shelf, the computer connects with portable devices and to the cloud, essentially functioning as a secure depository for sensitive information. “Buro acts like a personal Dropbox, providing sync, backup and encrypted peer-to-peer file sharing,” Opensource designer Paul Harter writes on their site.
Without a proper monitor or display screen, the desk doesn’t actually serve as a replacement for your computer. You still need to bring your laptop or smartphone to get any work done. Rather, the desk’s key function is to securely store and transfer electronic files or information. A unique key cryptography requires users to login with a personal password, keeping personal information secure while allowing users to share other information with colleagues or, potentially, to other data desks.