Chairless Chair

by Eleanor Blum

The Chairless Chair is a wearable exoskeleton which conforms to the user and allows them the support to sit without needing a chair, stool, bench, or other surface to sit on. The Chairless Chair is designed to alleviate space concerns, for environments without sufficient room for stools or chairs, but where people might need to be (otherwise standing) for extended periods of time. A prime example of the target user is a factory worker. I find the Chairless Chair to be a desirable product because it solves a meaningful problem conveniently, while also solving further tangential issues. For example, a typical consequence of sitting for extended periods of time is back and neck strain, but the Chairless Chair better aligns the user’s posture such that they can sit as long as they need, without having to use a chair, without strain. The previous reviewer goes into further detail than I had on several fronts. To begin with, the previous reviewer is careful to describe the ways in which the device does not impede the user as they continue about their ordinary functions and motion. The previous reviewer also goes into more explicit detail by way of background information, specifically on how the business operates and developed the requisite technology.

Previous reviewer’s response:
What I’ve Got: Chairless Chair
Noonee is a Switzerland based startup company. This company has created a low cost leg Exoskeleton that allows you to seat anywhere. It is named as “Chairless Chair”. This device offers a wearable alternative for work areas where chairs or stools would take up too much floor space. According to the makers of this device, the Chairless Chair offers better posture than a conventional chair by keeping the back straight. Freedom of movement of the user is not reduced by this device. The users can walk, run and climb stairs while wearing this device. Although the focus is on production lines, the device has many other potential applications in our daily life. Imagine having to stand all day with no means of sitting available. That is what millions of factory employees face every day being exposed to the risk of suffering from muscle related diseases and pain. Imagine working on an assembly line all day without sitting. By the time, you get a break without knowing it your muscles and joints are already suffering. Your concentration drops, increasing the risk for accidents and injuries to. As an employer you face heavy costs, and as an employee your health is at risk. But this scenario will be history soon. Companies can now increase the quality of life for the employees by using Noonee’s Patent pending technology. The chairless chair developed at ETH Zurich. The first low-cost exoskeleton to revolutionize working comfort for industries worldwide. The chairless chair carries your body weight thereby relieving the stress on your leg muscles and joints when you needed. It is not heavy. You wear it, you walk with it, you move into the desired pose, activate it and benefit from the provided support. With comfortable working conditions comes healthy and motivated employees. Companies will benefit by helping healthy employees avoid risk of muscle related diseases and injuries within the workplace, and most of all supporting injured employees back to work faster.

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