The Chairless Chair is a completely wearable exoskeleton that allows users to have a seat anywhere with the simple press of a button.
The innovative chair was the idea of Keith Gunura, a 29-year-old CEO and co-founder of Noonee, a Zurich-based startup behind the innovative chair.
“The idea came from wanting to sit anywhere and everywhere, and from working in a UK packaging factory when I was 17,” Gunura explained.
Obviously a problem solver, Ganura sought to find relief for his tired legs at work and decided to come up with a solution on his own.
“Standing for hours on end causes a lot of distress to lower limbs, but most workers get very few breaks and chairs are rarely provided, because they take up too much space. So I thought that the best idea was to strap an unobtrusive chair directly to myself.”
The Chairless Chair was born from Ganura’s idea. According to CNN, the chair never actually touches the ground when worn with a special pair of included boots: a belt keeps the chair attached to the hips and straps attach the device to the thighs. The user’s body weight is supported by a variable damper that causes the chair to lock up and stiffen. An alternate version of the chair only touches the ground when in a stationary position, and no special footwear is required to use this version of the chair.
A user can move into almost any desired position while wearing the device; a person can walk, run, or climb normally while wearing the Chairless Chair. The device is powered on a single 6V battery and lasts for about 24 hours with a new battery.
According to Examiner, the Chairless Chair is also known as the “Chairolution.”
While the chair was developed specifically for production line workers who do not have access to a seat, it is easy to see how the Chairless Chair could be beneficial to other industries. Workers involved in farming, construction, and other physically-intense jobs could find benefits to wearing the chair.
Perhaps one day the chair would be produced specifically for the general use of the public. People would enjoy being able to suddenly sit down after or during a hike, when a leg or back injury is present, and relief from standing is needed, or just whenever chairs are not readily available.
According to Business Insider, the Chairless Chair will enter trials with Audi and BMW later this year.
[Image via Noonee]