On a mission to redefine how computer workstations coincide with the user from a productive, comfortable and healthy standpoint, Altwork, a team of designers, engineers and creatives, have developed an ergonomic terminal for the increasingly computer-centric worker.
After much trial and error, the company is proud to debut its progressive prototype which comes preloaded with over 40 ‘productivity positions’ geared towards sitting, standing, reclining, collaborating with coworkers or maintaining a razor-sharp focus for a looming deadline.
Reminiscent of the chairs that serviced Wall-E’s vision of humanity’s future, the “health” component of Altwork’s mission statement most likely references either a straight back or else a position that doesn’t look as dreamy as the depiction of the lounge mode. Still, the capacity for continuous comfort via a seamlessly moving chair, animated by the touch of a button, is a definitive proclamation that the future has arrived.
Bundled with a computer built in to the system, a magnetic table to keep mouse and keyboard steady, and a hydraulics system for perfected maneuverability between the surplus of chair positions, the contraption is perfect for the rise and peaks of the work day.
“From big things like travel and communication to things that we now just take for granted like refrigeration, it’s a great time to be alive. This is the most comfortable era in human history with one key exception—the workplace,” says Altwork’s promotional video.
“Not much has changed in the last century. Sure, our technologies are slicker, faster, more efficient, but even with the advent of the lightweight laptop we’re still bending to our machines and working on tables and chairs like we did in 1899 let alone 1999. And that’s all rather surprising considering all the studies suggesting that sitting and slouching decreases productivity, inhibits creativity and is just generally bad for our long-term health.”
Though some critics joke that the chair is missing a lamp for do-it-yourself dentistry, the truth is that the insight garnered by Altwork could potentially lead to a revolution, wherein for the first time, computers will come to us and not the other way around.
After five years of heavy engineering and over one million dollars of founder and angel investment, the company has finally launched a pre-order campaign to finance additional tooling and development needed to scale production. At $3,900 USD, some companies will snicker at the chair while others will rejoice in the enhanced efficiency and ingenuity of their employees.