A new company sells a desk for people who want to work while lying flat on their backs
A San Francisco company is trying to convince office workers to work with a huge lounger.
Created by Altwork, the Signature Station desk was first released in 2016 for $ 5,500, and the company recently demonstrated an updated $ 7,600 model with built-in plugs and an optional 40-pound spring housing to hold heavier computer screens in place.
According to Altwork, working from your back improves blood circulation, which can help minimize physical disorders and improve productivity.
The updated Signature Station desk from Altwork costs $ 7,600 and allows users to switch between a sitting position and lie on their backs in an adjustable angle that they choose
In a new one report in the updated chair from Altwork, Chris Taylor from Mashable says that the work experience while lying is not only more comfortable, but also more productive.
“Freed from the distracting discomfort caused by endless sitting or standing – the restless legs, the never straight back – your brain is suddenly better able to continue with the company to put its best thoughts on the screen,” Taylor writes.
“Once you have the panicky feeling that the monitor will fall on your face, it is.”
The demo made Taylor think that “hours of productivity are so comfortable that it seems almost illegal.”
To prevent all the keyboard and mouse from being in place, Altwork uses a set of magnets at the bottom of the desk to keep everything securely in place.
Although research into the exact effects of this position is scarce, some preliminary studies have shown substantial improvements in cognitive performance.
According to Altwork, working from a standard sitting position with your torso and legs at a 90-degree angle impedes blood flow when your hips fold inwards.
While reclining with your legs and torso with an opening of at least an angle of 135 degrees, blood can move more freely through your body.
One experiment, organized by Australian National University psychologist Darren Lipnicki, suggested that working from the back offers real biochemical benefits.
To test the idea, he gave test subjects a set of 32 anagrams – a jumbled combination of letters that could be combined to form a word.
Although extensive research is still lacking, Altwork states that people experience better circulation on their backs, which can improve both health and productivity
“In theory there can be a greater release of a chemical, noradrenaline, into the brain when you get up than when you lie down,” Lipnicki said Phys.org.
“It is suspected that noradrenaline inhibits the ability to resolve anagrams and think creatively, so we decided to test the idea that lying down help could resolve anagrams faster.”
Altwork uses specially designed magnets to hold the keyboard and mouse on the metal desk, even when perpendicular to the ground
Some subjects were asked to solve the anagrams while they stood, and others worked on them while they lay.
He found that the average lead time of the anagrams was almost 20 percent faster when the test subjects lay down, 26.3 seconds compared to 30 seconds.
Altwork’s CEO Che Voight has said that many of his company’s clients use the agency to help with medical conditions, including spinal cord problems, although many omit these details from their public testimony about the company’s product.
Someone who experienced a demo from the Altwork office described “hours of productivity in comfort so complete that it seems almost illegal.”
Researchers have known for a long time that spending a lot of time in an upright position is associated with serious long-term consequences.
In 2019, a survey of 1,000 office workers in the UK showed that nearly half regularly reported headaches, painful backs, while 30 percent regularly had sore wrists and 15 percent had sore legs.
The team also created a composite model of what an office worker might look like in the future, based on the complaints from the office workers they interviewed.
The composite was nicknamed Emma and suffered from irritated eyes, varicose veins, swollen wrists and ankles due to poor circulation, a swollen nose due to low-quality office air and a permanently bent back.
WHAT ARE EMMA’S AFFLICTIONS?
Emma – the office worker of the future – is struggling with various health problems, including:
A permanently bent back
Caused by sitting with an attitude for hours.
Is caused by poor blood flow.
A rotten stomach
Caused by sedentary work.
Dry, red eyes
Stand long hoursron a computer screen.
Swollen wrists and ankles
Caused by repetitive movements.
From years under artificial light.
Red upper arms
Transmitted through regular contact with laptop heat.
Caused by stress at work.
A hairy nose and ears, as well as a swollen nose
All caused by poor air quality.
Source: the Work Colleague of the Future report