This one is for all the lazy bums out there, myself included, who start panting after standing for more than 10 minutes and desperately need a seat to catch your breath. Finally, we have developed the solution to the long-standing (pun intended) problem of lack of seats everywhere – wearable chairs.
The Archelis chair is technically not a chair, it is more of a leg brace that you strap around your butt and legs, helping you to choose a stance that is more comfortable than standing upright. You can lock the device at various positions to adjust the angle of your ankle and knee joints. Once you select the position of your choice, you will experience the relaxation of sitting without actually being seated. The device distributes the pressure over your shin and thigh, reducing overall muscle and joint fatigue.
Archelis is made entirely of carbon parts, which are light, flexible and comfortable for use over long periods of time. It does not require batteries or power to operate. It was originally developed to help surgeons rest their legs while performing long surgeries, but it is also expected to appeal to people in other professions like teaching, hospitality, or factory work, or just plain lazy-asses like myself. I need one.
Developed by Nitto, a Japanese company that makes all kinds of molds, in collaboration with Chiba University’s Center for Frontier Medical Engineering, Hiroaki Nishimura Design, and Japan Polymer Technology, the product is still in development and is expected to hit the market later this year.
The concept of wearable chairs isn’t entirely new. In fact, Swiss startup Noonee also has a similar concept called Chairless Chair, a hydraulic powered device that provides lower body support to people who have to stand upright for long periods of time. Archelis looks much cooler, though. And now you don't have to race into the MRT and fight over a seat with a grumpy auntie.