CRAZY WEDNESDAY: STAY FIT WITH THE WALKING DESK

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Increasingly it seems to me that a lot of the innovative ideas that appear here and in other green blogs, whilst aimed at saving the planet, actually involve us getting up and using more human energy. This must be a good thing, at least in the US and the UK, where obesity is an increasing problem. Of course, the more walking we do, the less motorised transport we use, and the more time spent outdoors is time that the heating and lighting at home can be switched off.

I’m rationalising, of course, but only because I so desparately want to introduce you to one of the craziest ideas I’ve seen in a long time, and I need to justify including it. That’s not to say the above arguments don’t hold water – it’s just that Lindo Hip Office walking desk probably isn’t a logical progression from this line of thinking. This concept, by HK-ergonomics, is designed to address the alarming situation described on their website: “monotonous sitting at screen jobs leads to serious damages to health !”. Aaaghh! Help me!

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Perhaps this is just the ticket. It is supposed to fit anyone, and to slip on easily requiring no further adjustment. The user can then walk, bend, kneel or sit – or whatever else they want – with their laptop perfectly and ergonomically positioned.

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There is something rather funny about it, and the action photographs don’t help much. What is it? I think perhaps there’s something a little bit “Gilbert and George” about it. I guess the Lindo could equally well support a small easel – is this what they have been missing? For those who haven’t yet had the delight, Gilbert and George are a pair of London based, sharp-suited artists, who style themselves as “living sculptures” since the late 1960s, and who have produced many performance artworks. It’s their “Bend-it” dance that the Lindo particularly reminds me of – see what you think.

Amanda

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