Sitting in front of the computer all day long glued to the chair? How frustrating is that? Did you know that there’s a study that claims that sitting is just as bad for you as smoking, regardless of how many hours you put to exercise. It simply does no good, well, except the paycheck. But there are so many things you’re fighting, such as, fatigue, a far greater chance of diabetes, heart disease, musculoskeletal pain, and overall de-conditioning. On top of it when you put this train wreck condition of your body on WebMD it suggests that you better stop using Google from your grave and rest in peace.
A California-based art graduate Robb Godshaw has designed a human Hamster Wheel Standing Desk (HWSD) to combat health hazards. Not only this, it’s open source, it comes with a DIY guide for individuals who wish to make their own.
The Hamster Wheel Standing Desk is 61 cm (24 inches) wide with a two meter (80-inch) diameter. The invention is designed to help humans lead a less sedentary work life.
“Rise up, sedentary sentients, and unleash that untapped potential within by marching endlessly towards a brilliant future of focused work. Step forward into a world of infinite potential, bounded only by the smooth arcs of a wheel. Step forward into the Hamster Wheel Standing Desk that will usher in a new era of unprecedented productivity.”
Is it too soon to call it pointless? Who knows, why not try out?
You are not reaching your current productivity potential,’ believes Godshaw.
Godshaw has also posted Instructions for the DIY kit on his website. According to the project documents, the wheel was designed utilizing Autodesk Inventor and took 24hours to construct. A timelapse video on his site, show how the entire wheel was built. It needed four sheets of plywood, four skate wheels, two pipes, 240 wood screws and a pint of glue in the making. Godshaw also considered adding brakes to the wheel at one point of time, but ruled against it ‘to really force the productivity out of the desk user.’ So you only have to walk when you’re on it, no other alternative.
‘We already had a standing desk that fit through the wheel, so it was just a matter of avoiding interference and leaving enough room for a human,’ he added. Godshaw claims the wheel can additionally be utilized as a ‘wheel of death’ or ‘an uncomfortable seat.’