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According to some designers out of California, lying down helps you focus on your work and they've have built a work station based on that very concept. In 2016, we'll be able to try it out.
The Altwork Station is one of the latest additions to the ergonomic "be-comfortable-while-you-work" craze. And at the current pre-order price of $3,900 per unit, it's a steal for a chance to own your very own transformer.
Altwork, a two man company out of Sonoma County, California just launched its first model Altwork Station. The Station allows the user to lie down on their back while working at a computer. Che Voigt and friend John Speicher created the station as the all-in-one answer for the busy office professional who wants his choice to sit, lie down, and stand on the job.
Like your luxury vehicle, the Station can be programmed for different positions -- something that you would expect from a machine whose original asking price was $5,900. Don't like lying down? With the push of a button you're sitting upright again.
The entire thing rather svelte given the transforming capabilities that it sports. It also sits on casters which allow it to be rolled around easily. Thus, even with an 18 square foot footprint, the station can be pushed around the office -- or hackathon -- pretty easily. It's almost a guarantee that this thing will be a hit with gamers.
Those in the geek community will raise an eyebrow and say, "Gee, I've seen something like this before." The idea of laying down while working on a laptop is hardly new. People love the idea of being lazy while working -- a rather ironic combination. In Japan, consumers can treat themselves to the reasonably priced "dozing desk," essentially a bi-pod for your laptop while you lay in bed. It too can be manipulated to suit your various lounging needs.
ErgoQuest is another company offering a number of different "Zero Gravity Workstations" and other ergonomic wonders of productivity. Some of them look like they are the love-child of a home-fitness machine and medieval torture device. But hey, apparently they deliver comfort.
Lawyers get a lot of grief for the pain they cause people. But lawyers get it as good as they give it. Firms should consider the morale boost in investing in machines like this for attorneys. Not every piece of work requires being hunched over Quasimodo-like before an LCD screen. With employees and attorneys more comfortable, dividends in the bottom line will likely follow in line. And even if it doesn't at least those in the office will be taking it lying down.