The Chairless Chair is a wearable that allows you to sit anywhere
Swiss startup noonee has developed the latest whacky wearable, aptly named Chairless Chair. The wearable attaches to the users’ legs like an exoskeleton and allows them to sit anywhere.
The idea is to help those working in settings such as factories and building sites to experience better comfort, by aiding them to maintain optimal posture in order to relieve the stress that can cause problems and pain. Whilst not being used as a seat, the device will allow wearers to walk and manoeuvre like normal.
“The idea came from wanting to sit anywhere and everywhere, and from working in a UK packaging factory when I was 17,” Keith Gunura, CEO and co-founder of noonee, told CNN. “Standing for hours on end causes a lot of distress to lower limbs, but most workers get very few breaks and chairs are rarely provided, because they take up too much space.”
The frame of the device is made of aluminium and carbon fibre, weighing only 2kg. Once the wearer is strapped in, all it takes is the touch of a button to cause a variable damper to stiffen the device, allowing various postures to be adjusted and supported. The Chaireless Chair’s 6v battery will allow it to run for 24 hours.
“In addition to resting your leg muscles, it also provides optimal posture,” adds noonee CTO and co-founder Bryan Anastisiades “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 makers of this wearable tech claim that it is able to boost worker productivity as it alleviates tiredness and muscle strain caused by standing for long periods of time. “By making the process of work more comfortable and by reducing the risk of exposure to muscle related disorders, employees will also work more efficiently and effectively. As a result, production levels will increase,” states noonee’s website.
The wearable is planned to enter trials with production line workers at BMW and Audi later this year.