A tech company is selling a desk with a difference, which allows the user to lie down while working.
We’ve long been familiar with the standing desk as an alternative to the traditional sit-down workstation – and many employees now use these during their office hours.
Then there was the somewhat more novel treadmill desk.
However, the lie-down desk, from Silicon Vallet tech company Altwork, is something different altogether.
Altwork’s Signature Station is an adjustable workstation featuring a reclining chair and head rest which resembles something you would see at the dentist’s or at beauty salon. The set is paired with an adjustable desk and monitor mount, a leg rest and an electronics cabinet.
The desk enables a user to lie flat on their back while going about their everyday work. It also adjusts via pushbutton controls to allow the users to stand up, too.
“Sit, stand, collaborate, or focus/recline—your choice,” the website promises.
While looking at it, one might wonder about the laptop and keyboard slipping away, the Signature Station makes use of magnets in order to keep everything held in position.
An original version, costing $5,500 (£4,218) was first released in 2016, but it has since been updated to include built-in plugs and an additional unit to keep heavier computer displays in place.
The newer model, which retails at $7,650 (£5,867), was debuted at CEO, the world’s leading technology conference, which was held in Las Vegas last week.
It’s designed for “high-intensity computer users”, according to the Altwork website, which is defined as “people who spend at least four hours a day working with their personal computer, focusing on complex tasks for extended periods of time”.
While a £5,867 desk might be well out of budget for many of us (and our employers), with employees working longer and longer hours at desks it’s clear something needs to change.
Last year, a disturbing life-size doll with a hunched back and red eyes was developed to show what the ‘office worker of the future’ could look like, as part of a report into our current work environments.