Making high-intensity computer users more at ease and productive in today’s fast-paced office environment is the goal of Altwork, a company designing and manufacturing thoughtfully crafted office furniture for 21st century innovators and creators that redefines how humans interact with their computers.
Altwork is on schedule to start shipping its first product to West Coast customers this summer and management says it will be ready to deliver nationwide shortly thereafter – with international shipments by the end of 2016.
Developed by entrepreneurs and investors John Speicher and Che Voigt, the company’s initial product, the Altwork Station, an all-in-one integrated monitor, desk and chair workstation that moves with the user’s body, allowing him or her to work in a variety of positions for sitting, focused reclining, standing and collaboration using patented technology.
“We designed the Altwork Station as a tool for professionals who use computers most of the day,” said CEO Voigt. “High-intensity computer users are defined as those who spend at least four hours in from of their computers on a daily basis, while being required to address complex tasks for extended periods of time. Our mission is to create furniture that makes the body comfortable so the mind can be free.”
He observed that a majority of employees now work in an information-rich environment requiring access to online and computer data from multiple sources. In the past these workers had to conform to a static, virtually fixed, chair-and-desk office configuration that had not changed much for over 150 years.
According to Voigt, today’s knowledge workers say they want a workspace that adapts to them, one that enables them to work smarter and more efficiently, especially in open-space office layouts.
With the touch of a built-in, push-button remote, the Altwork Station’s chair rises, lowers or reclines into a user-choice position. The adjustable leg rest allows users to stretch out, or determine their preferred comfort angle. The ability to stand at work also has advantages.
Voigt said experts believe a large part of the health benefits of standing, for example, come from keeping the torso and legs more than 135 degrees apart to allow for proper blood flow and to alleviate the possibility of nerve effects often associated with sitting, such as Sciatic back and leg pain, compared with the 90 degree angle that traditional chairs require.
Designed and built in Sonoma County, the Altwork Station has a small, 24 sq. ft. footprint (less than a desk and chair in a traditional office) and comes with built-in casters for easy open-office movement and impromptu collaboration with colleagues. An adjustable monitor arm and mini-desk (29” by 16”) are standard, along with a multiple VESA screen mount that can hold up to four monitors, depending on their weight.
The Altwork Station is 36” wide by 55” long (upright seated with leg rest extended) and can easily fit through a 36” door. The length extends to 72 inches when fully reclined. The workstation with typical monitors weights about 250 lbs. The recommended user minimum and maximum height range is from 5’1” to 6’4”. It comes with a five-year warranty.
The innovative workstation is currently rated for a 250 lb. user (the company is working on moving this number higher). The standup desk height can be adjusted from 36” to 60” from the floor. The minimum seat height is 16”. It has four customizable seated, or focus, (plus one standing) desk memory positions that can be quickly changed. An electronic tray allows users to power all peripherals without a tangle of exposed cables. An optional side table, designed to match the chair style, is available for holding coffee cups, laptops, desktops, papers, books or lunch.
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