Japan's Oki has developed an office chair that, it claims, can jump. And we thought all they were good for is spinning around and skating along on the casters. Oki's chair, curiously codenamed 'Leopard', employs what the company's boffins call a "robot leg", with the bit for your bum equivalent to the thigh. The calf, ankle and …
The Brothers Karamazov*
That's one seriously over-enguineered piece of furniture.
A title was required so I borrowed one from Fyodor Dostoevsky.
A great idea ... until the machines rise up and users are thrown headlong into the nearest wall when they try to get up.
Do you reckon if i strapped two of these bad boys to my existing legs that I could propel myself into the record books ahead of Usain Bolt in 2012?
If not at least i'll be able to be comfortable whilst watching said event.
-- Mine is the coat that give you a clip round the ear and tells you to "wise up" from time to time.
Nothing new here.
There've been TV ads around since Jesus was a lad offering "chairs that help you stand up" which seem to work in pretty much the same way. There's a general tendancy to "velour armchair that your granny would like" in the more standard product though.
I wonder what the size of the "techy office chairs for coffin-dodgers" market is?
Ballmer goes near it, it can kick him inna fork?
Notes from the Underground
That's one truly bizarre piece of engineering. Are they suggesting it requires a whole "robotic leg" to carry out a task which seems ideally suited to... a spring? Also, where does the whole "jumping" thing come into it? As far as I can tell, this just sort of bends.
Tim "the toolman" Taylor
this gives rise to all sorts of really nasty BOFH type of ideas involving advanced hydrolics, remote controls and ... other people.
I have to admit
That the picture from the side looks like some kind of awful probe. If you're under 10 stone does it pitch you into orbit?
Will the BOFH...
... be getting one of these installed in the Boss' office in case there is the need for an unfortunate incident of defenestration...?
Only in Japan
would a chair be considered inadequate without a shitload of springs and pulleys inside. Wake me when they do a flying, submersible version with Bluetooth remote controlled bum-warming, an MP3 player and a USB socket or three
Is sitting down really that fucking difficult? What's wrong with people nowadays they're so fucking lazy nobody can be arsed to do any actual work anymore I hate lazy c*nts.
Finally, you can have a battle bot that REALLY kcks ass!