We would not normally announce a new product on a Bank Holiday (it’s Easter Monday in the UK) but I couldn’t wait any longer with this news. In fact I couldn’t even wait until noon today!
Working with internationally acclaimed designer & researcher, Rif Loopal, we are delighted to announce the unique Suspensis desk range and, specifically the Incredulum model pictured here.
Rif explains, “The Suspensis Incredulum Integrated Inverted Workstation evolved from my fascination with the debate about sitting and standing at work and the arrival of some radical solutions such as the walking/cycling desks now appearing in the workplace”.
He continues, “I have recently spent some time in Australia observing the Grey Headed Flying Fox (Pteropus poliocephalus). This fruit bat hangs upside down all day without any evidence of adverse effects. Indeed, I have made a number of Google searches for “musculo-skeletal injuries in work-age fruit bats” and found nothing at all. Some may argue that the very healthy fruit-based diet of this creature is a major contributor to its resilience but I would also contend that they work a lot of night shifts, so it’s not by any means an easy life. These experiences inspired me to design this product”
On the basis of his research, Rif has worked with us for several months to create the workstation illustrated here. The benefits are obvious: no slouching, no risk of spinal disk compression and no possibility of cluttering up the work area with unnecessary papers, to name just a few.
Rif is already working on a range of complementary accessories. He tells us, “The computer mouse has been the biggest issue – people keep dropping it. The simple and immediate answer (illustrated here) is to use a rollerbar mouse attached to the desk but that doesn’t suit everybody so we are working on a traditional mouse that is helium-filled. Early field trials suggest that some users may also decide to invest in a crash helmet and some high impact rubber matting”.
Very interesting! I’m not sure I’d opt for this working position though, ha!
Note to new readers. This article was published on April 1st, 2013. In the UK, April 1st is “April Fools Day” when organisations and individuals make joke announcements or play practical jokes. On the same morning as our announcement, Virgin Atlantic launched their new new glass bottomed aircraft – http://bit.ly/ZMQBI4
Nice one…;) “musculo-skeletal injuries in work-age fruit bats” my search engine clearly isn’t up to yours…
Excellent! You could be surprised at how many requests you actually get for this!
Hope you’re having a great Easter weekend
Best wishes Jo
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