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Chairless chair is here to lift the burden off your legs

Who said you need a chair to sit?

Who said you need a chair to sit?

Swiss start-up company noonee might just bring the biggest development in the workplace after the 5 day/40 hour week back in 1926.

The company has created a wearable exoskeleton that can be attached to your legs from your waist down. Users can wear the robotic parts and go through their day as usual, walking and performing tasks without any distractions. The attire can be utilized in the scenario where the user wants to sit but has no access to a physical chair. By pressing a button, the exoskeleton seals in a sitting posture allowing you to rest your body weight on the metal parts. That sounds…comfortable, right?

As Keith Gunura, the 29-year old CEO and co-founder of the company told CNN: “The idea came from wanting to sit anywhere and everywhere, and from working in a UK packaging factory when I was 17.”

Jobs that are repetitive and require long hours of standing can have their toll on the body and subsequently performance. Standing in one place for many hours can hinder your productivity and focus as you get more and more tired, putting pressure on your joints and legs.

AS CTO and co-founder Bryan Anastasiades added to the CNN interview: “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.”

It may seem ridiculous, but in an era where workers suffer from continuous standing or excessive sitting in the workplace, the chairless chair attempts to find a middle ground. The design could also be used in other scenarios where we loathe to stand, like our journeys on crowded public transport. Just expect to attract a few looks.

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