What I’m about to tell you could change your entire life. I don’t think I have ever seen an idea that could win over my own heart more than this. A. Lying. Down. Work. Station. Someone truly hit the jackpot with this idea (that or they have created a winning recipe for obese and narcoleptic office workers). Computer-related jobs usually mean either sitting or standing (mostly sitting) at a desk all day to do your work. While sitting is considered unhealthy for your back and posture, standing for hours on end is terrible on the feet, and well, takes up too much energy. While I’m not quite sure the solution to this is lying down, it sure does spark some good debate on the subject.
Altwork, a startup from Sonoma Valley, California, came up with an interesting invention, intended for computer users to easily adjust themselves from sitting, standing, and lying at their computer station. Marketed towards programmers, designers, writers, and anyone who spends the majority of their day at a laptop or PC, four modes (which are manipulated via control panel on the desk’s surface) allow the user to be as comfortable as possible. Standing and regular (seated) mode, for example, are exactly how they sound. Collaboration mode is achieved by turning your monitor to work with others. Focus mode is achieved by reclining your seat until you’re perfectly horizontal, and yes, the desk and monitor follow you into this position until you are lying down on your back. The desk pieces are kept from toppling over on you thanks to magnets, which also keep your keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals in place (Mashable).
Engadget calls Altwork “an expensive marvel of desk engineering”, and at $5,900 for the setup, you would have to be pretty crazy (or willingly intrigued) to buy this for yourself. There’s definitely a dentist chair situation going on here, you know, with the added anxiety of a 30 pound computer monitor hanging over your face. This is when your love and trust in the power of magnets must come in. Arguably, the benefits of this go beyond comfort, and Engadget goes on to state that when the screen and keyboard are properly aligned to your field of vision and hands, “you’re then able to work more naturally”.
I fear the most startling aspect of Altwork is not the ridiculous price (although these badboys are currently up for just $3,990 if you were to pre-order), but the fact that this thing weighs 210 pounds. Although this is a necessary part in Altwork being able to support the weight of a human, I find it to be quite intimidating. Altwork’s website is up and waiting for those orders to start rolling in, but it could take quite a while for a niche market to pick up on this. So, tell your (rich) friends. Also have them make sure this thing can fit through their door and hallway before opening their wallets and shouting, “Shut up and take my money”.
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