(The Bridge) – As IT industry workers normally work facing to desktops or laptops, more than a few of them are willing to use items like a standing desk to avoid sitting at work for all day. While there are many jobs that let people work while standing, one of the hardest is probably surgical operations which force surgeons to keep standing for long hours.

A wearable chair called Archelis (meaning ‘walkable chair’ in Japanese) is designed for surgeons, allowing them to sit during surgery, thus reducing fatigue during long and physically demanding operations. It was developed for people in the medical field, but it can also help any worker in any industry who must stand for long periods. [1]

Archelis was developed by Yokohama-based mold factory Nitto in collaboration with Chiba University’s Center for Frontier Medical Engineering, Hiroaki Nishimura Design, and Japan Polymer Technology. They aim to begin selling the product this summer.

1. Regarding wearable chairs, Swiss startup Noonee was in the news last year for developing a line for factory workers. A product similar to “Archelis” or “Noonee” can be found gaining patents - expired since - 37 years ago. The name for this product given by its inventor, one “Robert Bonner,” was in fact “wearable chair.” 

Translated by Minako Ambiru via Mother First, edited by Kurt Hanson and Masaru Ikeda

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