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Er­gonomics, thE study of hu­man ef­fif­fi­ciency in the work­place, dates back to the mid-19th cen­tury but since the ad­vent of the com­puter it’s pro­gressed in leaps and bounds. Workspaces of the fu­ture will pro­vide difff­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments for var­i­ous phases of work – such as pro­tec­tive, insulated co­coons for pe­ri­ods of deep con­cen­tra­tion – and desks at which you can po­ten­tially take a power nap in be­tween pre­par­ing pre­sen­ta­tions.

En­ter the Alt­work Sta­tion, the new­est in­no­va­tion promis­ing to over­take the stand­ing desk. The cre­ation of a San Fran­cisco tech­nol­ogy and en­gi­neer­ing startup, the cross be­tween the con­trol cen­tre for a char­ac­ter in The Ma­trix and a den­tist’s chair is a mul­ti­modal desk sys­tem that takes the user from stand­ing to seated to re­clin­ing, all at the touch of a but­ton.

The large metal mon­i­tor mounts are com­posed of ar­tic­u­lated arms that track the unit’s move­ment so that mul­ti­ple screens and a well-padded seat (com­plete with head- and footrest) are never out of synch. In­spired by as­tro­nauts’ zero-grav­ity seat­ing, the full re­cline is the same as that as­sumed by space trav­ellers at liftft-offff to dis­perse the pull that makes the body feel three times heav­ier than it does on the ground. In the work­place, the Alt­work Sta­tion is de­signed to cush­ion and com­fort the user through­out the day and, by cod­dling the body, in­crease mind­ful­ness and pro­duc­tiv­ity.

“We’ve adapted to our com­put­ers, sit­ting and slouch­ing for far too long,” ac­cord­ing to Alt­work. “Isn’t it time they adapted to us?”

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