You know those times when you're impressed by an object's design and engineering, yet slightly horrified at that object's implications? That's how I feel about the Altwork Station, a mechanical marvel that lets you choose one of several working positions, one of them quite radical:
The workstation was apparently designed based on the now-well-known research indicating that too much sitting is bad for you. And while I love the standing mode of the Altwork, the lying down setting has me stumped; if sitting is bad for you, can lying down during non-sleeping hours be any better for you? For the company's part, they state:
…Most experts agree that humans should change positions and move throughout the day. We believe movement throughout the day is important. While there is no formal ergonomic data we know of regarding the Focus (reclined) position our Altwork patented technology provides, many experts believe a large part of the health benefits from standing come from keeping the torso and legs at greater than 135 degrees apart to allow blood flow vs. the 90 degrees that a traditional chairs require.
I guess the thinking is that being in that dentist-chair-like position still allows for proper circulation. On some level that makes sense, but I can't help thinking of this:
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In any case, the $5,900 workstation is up for pre-orders here, with early birds able to knock two grand off of the price.
What say you, readers: Yea or nay on lying down on the job?