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The Freaky New Office Chairs That Watch You

Posted on 25th Jul 2011 @ 2:16 PM

Why are ergonomic chairs so comfortable? Because just about any part of it -- the head rest, the height, the incline -- can be adjusted with a simple lever or button. But pretty soon, even the “inconvenience” of adjusting your own chair might soon be a thing of the past. That's because the newest ergonomic chairs adjust themselves to your exact needs, without you ever having to lift a finger.

How is this possible? Let's look at a few examples of intuitive ergonomic chairs and see.


Freedom Task Chair by Humanscale




The Freedom Task Chair needs to be fitted once, but after that, it adapts to the user's needs using weight sensors. So the good news is that if you over-indulge on Free Bagel Thursday, your chair will adjust itself accordingly. The bad news is that it's not the completely automated, artificially intelligent chair of the future. You will probably need to avail yourself of the "synchronously adjustable armrests" to get a perfect fit, and it won't read your mind or give you the latest sports scores. (Yet. We're holding out hope for the next version.)


Knoll Generation Chair





Side sitters rejoice: the Knoll Generation Chair adapts itself as you shift your weight, offering a range of up to 3 inches in seat depth, 5.5 inches in seat height, and 4.5 inches of arm adjustment. The design was created specifically to allow flexibility while still supporting the lower back. The chair is constructed of a "high performance elastomer" that automatically adjusts itself to the user's posture. So again, it's not quite a Transformer, but it's probably much more adaptable than the average office chair. Also, it comes in eight different colors, so it's aesthetically flexible as well.


Allsteel Acuity Chair




The Allsteel Acuity relies more on manual controls than the other two chairs on our list, but gets points for having "perfectly contoured cushioning" as well as "intuitively adjustable support." After all, we don't sit on intuition. Also, it looks pretty cool. We could see someone sitting in this chair on the space station. Definitely a delight to look at as well as to sit in.

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