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Chairless Chair, the latest in wearable seating: Strap-on device instant chair

A Chairless Chair is probably best described as a wearable appliance and after taking one look at it, you realize it’s an accessory that is used for utilitarian proposes rather than for style. This Chairless Chair does have its usefulness, as you have an instant chair where ever you are and your hands are free, even though you do carry it around with you.

Chairless-Chair, a strap-on device that lets you sit at the push of a button!
YouTube screen shot/ Noone Publications

CNN Tech News on Aug. 21 suggests that it is a “chair that isn’t there,” the chair “magically appears whenever you need it.” The chair is condensed into an exoskeleton that is worn on your legs until it’s needed. You can walk and even run with the Chairless Chair strapped to your body.

The device is battery powered with one 6V battery and at the touch of a button, your chair forms for you to have a seat. The battery runs for about 24 hours on a charge, according to the Huffington Post.

As are most good inventions, this idea came out of a need, a need to sit after long days on an assembly line at work. Keith Gunura, 29, was just a teen when he worked in a packaging plant which entailed you being on your feet in one spot for a good majority of the shift.

Gunura, is the co-founder of Noone, the startup behind the device, which is Zurich-based. Standing for long hours with short breaks and not a chair to be found was the seed that started this invention. His idea was to strap an “unobtrusive chair” to himself.

Straps wrap around your thighs while a belt secures the chair to your hip and it never touches the ground. When you turn on the chair a variable damper is engaged that supports your body weight, directing it toward the heels of the shoes.

The chair comes with special shoes right now, but when it comes off the assembly line and ready for market, it will be a device that will work with your own shoes. The user puts the chair into the pose they desire and then powers up the device.

The optimal posture that the chair provides is a plus. It keeps your back straight, which is something experts have been telling folks to do for years, stop the slouching! CNN spoke with a chartered physiotherapist who said that he thinks the chair is fine and “suitable for people who need to vary tasks.”

Production line trials will start soon at the BMW plant in Germany next month and then at the Audi plant later this year. With the interest that this chair has netted so far, it looks to have a promising future.

The Chairless Chair has a wide target audience, such as a surgeon in the operating room, a clerk behind a retail counter, factory workers or farmers picking fruit, this is a chair that would make their life a bit easier. It is a device for people to use who come from all walks of life.

The weight of the chair was given great consideration during the construction stage. It couldn’t be too heavy or offer any type of burden to wear, as that would negate the purpose. Right now the chair weighs about two kilograms, or about 4.5 – pounds.

The future Chairless Chair will hopefully be fit with a Smartmotor that will configure the perfect position for the wearer instead of having to manual pose the chair into the position you want. This new invention will come in handy on trains, at ball games and even when standing in long lines.