If standing workstations were not your cup of tea, you will be very pleased with this.
California based startup company, Altwork, presents its first product – the Altwork Station. This workstation lets users stand or sit in a variety of positions. The Station costs $5,900 and is, according to the company, designed for “high-intensity” computer users. The first run will however be sold for $3,900.
The target market for this workstation are designers, writers, programmers and anyone else who uses a computer as their main working tool.
The Altwork Station has four modes to offer, all of which are configurable with buttons positioned on the desk surface; collaboration, standing, focus and regular. Regular and standing are pretty self-explanatory. Collaboration basically turns your monitor on the built in arm to work with others. Things get interesting on focus mode though. Users will be able to recline the chair into a completely horizontal position, with the monitor and desk doing the same.
Worried something might fall on you while you work? Well, to prevent that from happening, the Station has been furnished with magnets that keep your mouse, keyboard and other stuff in place.
The motivation behind having more than one configuration is that different tasks can be done better in different positions. One of Altwork’s founders, Che Voigt, begins his day standing but will recline as he needs to focus harder on any specific task.
According to the company, the Altwork Station is designed for the 21st century. They have noticed that the way people sit at desks has not changed since the growth of the typewriter in the late 1800s, and does not make sense in 2015.
The company believes that the ability to work in a range of different positions increases efficiency, especially for those who use computers a lot.
However, this efficiency does not come cheap, even with the special $3,900 introductory price. The Altwork Station is made in the United States and features some complex engineering.
It was important for Altwork to have the chair fit into the same space as a cubicle so that it can be used in open plan offices. A possible downside of this is that offices will now have to be designed around the chairs. For example, if the office set up is for workers to sit opposite each other, the Altwork Station probably wouldn’t work there.
The Station would probably work best for those who work from home. Not everyone will be attracted to it, but for a couple of people it definitely will be perfect.