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Standing Task Chair Places You Halfway Between Standing And Sitting


There’s a trend emerging where companies get standing desks (like the X-Table, instead of regular workstations where people just sit. The idea is that sitting for long periods is bad… but standing for a whole day also sounds like it would suck a lot. So the Standing Task Chair is attempting to bridge the gap. It keeps you upright, but includes supports for your knees as well as your posterior, which ends up placing you in an allegedly optimal position for extended work periods. The reasoning is that your weight is distributed between your feet, your knees and your butt, so no one body part ends up carrying you all by itself.

The STC has an adjustable seat, and comes in a metal or oak finish, and costs $499 and $599 respectively. It’s seeking funding on Kickstarter, but it’s quite far from its goal at the moment.


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Treadmill Desk Lets You Work While You Exercise and Vice Versa

Treadmill Desk

Work can be such a pain. The same goes for exercise. Why someone would want to assemble a contraption that would allow people to do both things simultaneously is beyond me, but maybe there’s a demand for it because the treadmill desk exists. It’s called the TrekDesk and it’s a desk that can be attached to a treadmill so you can walk, job, or run at your desired pace while typing reports, crunching numbers, or doing whatever else you need to do on the desk.

The TrekDesk can be attached to virtually any treadmill and comes with a manuscript holder, a three-level file folder, two cup holders, and a headset stand. That way, there’s a space for most of your stuff so your work area won’t be so cluttered. The desk lets you work hard while you work out, although you probably shouldn’t sign anything while you’re on it because you’ll probably mess your signature up.

The TrekDesk retails for $479.

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The Optimal Posture Office Chair Could Reduce Fatigue


There are few things worse for the back than to sit in front of a computer screen all day, typing away. Since you’re probably reading this from one such screen at work right now, we imagine you agree. Do you like the chair you’re on? Is it comfortable? Ergonomic? The $500 Optimal Posture Office Chair you see above looks kind of strange, but it just might make your corporate servitude just a little less painful.

Developed with doctors from the Wooridul Spine Hospital, the chair has a chest rest that provides support as you lean in toward a keyboard or desk, preventing back strain caused by hunching over. The rest swivels 180° for use as a backrest that shifts the shoulders back and chest outward, encouraging the curved, proper posture that reduces back strain. The seat’s pelvis support has a gentle forward slope that shifts the pelvis forward and raises the buttocks above the knees, resulting in semi-standing posture that discourages slouching—a major cause of back discomfort.

So the way to go about this is to submit a request to your HR or Facilities Management department. Tell them you’re suffering from lumbago or some such terrible back affliction, and that you’d feel as snug as a bug in a rug if you get to sit in this for a change.

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Blackhawk Secretary Trunk Is An Office In A Case

This made the rounds back in March, and we missed it. Shame on us, because the Blackhawk Secretary Trunk is pretty badass. It’s a six foot tall case that contains everything necessary to setup an office. Think of it as a giant road case (like those from travelling rock shows), only wrapped in pre-stressed aluminum and rivets, to give it that mid-20th century aircraft look. The “pre-stressed” part just means they banged on it to artificially age it and make it look like it’s been to a few places. Truth be told, at 525lbs, there’s no chance we’re going to actually, you know, go anywhere with it. But we sure as heck wouldn’t mind decking out our headquarters with these… if only they didn’t cost $4,295.

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Pinstripe Hoodie Walks The Line Between Business And Casual

By David Ponce

It’s not about to change practices in offices worldwide, let’s be honest. But there is a growing number of places that are relaxing the business attire for something a bit more casual. Think tech startups for example, only a little less on the hippy side. We imagine something like the above pinstripe hoodie would fit right in. It’s made from Merino wool, which is the same material regular suits are made from. It’s got a paisley tie-cloth liner and will only set you back $148. Yeah, that’s a little sarcastic because, hey, it is a lot of money. On the other hand, an actual suit could add a zero to that price so we shouldn’t complain too hard.

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Everyone In The Office Can Be Happy With This Thermoregulated Chair

By David Ponce

Everyone has a slightly different internal thermostat. Your author happens to be constantly overheating, only happy when the ambient temperature is glacial. This of course makes for heated (get the pun?) arguments around the office thermostat, since most other people are normal. We should get the Tempronics heated and cooled office chairs. It features a cooling and heating system that allows each individual user to set his preferred working temperature. In tests, the chairs were able to keep workers comfortable between 61F (16C) and 84F (29C).

It uses around 75W of power to do its thing, and the company is billing it as a way to save on energy costs as a typical AC can consume 1,800. We’re not sure the math works out here, since it would just take 23 of these chairs to be 1,800W. Then again, maybe an 1,800W AC isn’t enough to cover the area taken up by 23 workers, so we’re not sure. Any uh… experts on this field in the audience? Not that it matters, but we’re curious.

Anyway, the chairs cost between $800 and $1,100 depending on quality.

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The Mosser To Brighten Your Workspace

By David Ponce

Being the desk dwelling creatures most of us are, it’s refreshing to see a little bit of greenery from time to time. Plants are ubiquitous office decorations, but we kind of like the look of The Mosser. It’s essentially a little clump of moss in its own glass terrarium. It’s really easy to take care of, requiring not much more than the occasional spritz of water from the included mister bottle.

The company (a couple people in a NY apartment, basically) recently got an influx of orders, so there’s a 3 week lead time to get your own. And since this is moss, no two pieces are ever really alike, although the seller will make every effort “only provide the most aesthetically pleasing varieties similar to what is shown here.”

It’s $26.

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It’s Time To Go Medieval On That Office

By David Ponce

Nothing says “I’ve been shopping at Thinkgeek!” like showing up at the office with a desk catapult. Or trebuchet. We’re not sure. See, the rubber band says catapult, as does the fact that its mechanism relies on it. Also… the name. But that plastic “weight” at the bottom of the swing arm says trebuchet. We’re going to side on catapult though, since a little plastic nubbin would probably not contribute much weight to anything. So yeah… nerdy discussion aside, what you have here is a device capable of throwing spiky foam balls at up to 40ft. That should be far enough to keep you occupied for an afternoon, after which you might have to spend some time explaining to HR why you spent the best part of a day running around the office picking up little foam balls from the floor.

It’s $15.

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Give This To A Creationist, They’ll Be Amused

By David Ponce

The above is a simple eraser. Apparently these are used to remove graphite markings on thin white sheets made from dead trees. Weird, we know. But there you have it. More interestingly, these particular erasers feature an ape on one side and a human on the other. As you use it, it will either evolve or devolve, depending on which side you prefer. It’s fairy large as far as erasers are concerned, measuring around 60 x 30 x 55mm (2.4 x 1.2 x 2.2″). And it’s also pretty expensive: $25.

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