Imagine if you could suddenly create a chair out of thin-air. It sounds farfetched, but a Switzerland-based startup is making this dream a reality with its new “Chairless Chair.”
A company named Noonee has developed a lightweight mechanical device that allows the user to sit anywhere they choose. You simply wear the device on your legs, and at the press of a button, it locks into place and you can sit down normally. When it’s not activated, you can walk or even run just as you would without it. Noonee claims the device can reduce fatigue, improve productivity by allowing the employee to continuously work with fewer breaks, and remove common causes of accidents and injuries. Just check out the video below to see an animated demonstration of the device in action!
Noonee CTO and co-founder Bryan Anastisiades tells CNN, “In addition to resting your leg muscles, it also provides optimal posture. It keeps your back straight and can reduce the occurrence of bad postures for both healthy workers and those recovering from muscle related injuries.”
The Chairless Chair does not touch the ground directly, which makes it more comfortable to wear. Your bodyweight is directed towards the heel of your shoes which are attached to the device. Though it’s not yet available for public use, the company will be testing it with production line workers at BMW and Audi, according to Forbes. If your company is interested in trying out this technology, you may contact Noonee directly by clicking here.
Keith Gunura, Noonee’s CEO, says he got the idea when he was just 17 years old working in a UK packaging factory. Now, he says, he envisions people using the device in crowded trains, behind the counter in retail, and the usage can extend to farmers picking fruit out on the field, and even surgeons in the operating room, according to CNN. “A chair would be impractical,” he says, “but the Chairless Chair would fit in nicely.”
Improved productivity and posture? I’m all for it. For companies out there who prioritize worker safety, the Chairless Chair looks like it may be an interesting piece of technology to invest in for the future. What do you think? Will this lead to a “Chairolution,” as the company suggests? Let us know by voting on the poll below!