Last month, professionals from across the globe gathered at the National Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo 2019 in Las Vegas.
Our very own Chris and Mark were excited to be part of this year’s event, gathering insights about the future of ergonomics.
Some of the inspiring sessions our dynamic duo attended included presentations from Humanscale and Herman Millar; showcasing technologies which are impacting the design of the office of the future.
We were interested to learn that open office environments decreased face-to-face interactions by 70% and that Elon Musk’s Neuralink is developing ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers.
Most importantly the greatest ergonomics technological advancement was that of Cobotics, which involves humans collaborating seamlessly with robots.
Whether in the office (Robotic receptionists such as “MISTY”), factory (automated pickers and transport robots) or catering industry (McRobots), it was suggested that 60% of occupations have at least 30% of their activities which are automatable. Scary statistics.
Here were some of our favourite innovations from the expo:
1. Posturite Opløft Sit-Stand Platform
12KG portable, sleek, easy to adjust sit stand platform. This product will be perfect for students in University accommodations, where a sit-stand desk would be an almost impossible solution. It is half the weight of its competitors, folds flat to 30mm, and can be adjusted to 420mm of height with 14 height adjustment levels.
2. Contour travel kit
The perfect “all in one” ergonomic workstation for on-the-go, or remote professionals. Contour’s Travel Kit includes a Roller Mouse (Red, Red+, Free3), Balance Keyboard, Laptop Stand, and Travel Sleeve to ensure that you will have a comfortable, ergonomic workstation, no matter where you work from.
3. Altwork station
The Altwork Station is an all-in-one solution that moves with you. Press a button to use your computer while sitting, standing, collaborating or in a reclined focus position—including a zero-gravity option with the monitor above. For decades, sitting at work was standard; with Altwork, any position can be standard. You choose.
4. Gymba active standing mat
Gymba is a balance board you stand on to activate your core muscles and get your body moving while you work. The idea is that it's curved in shape, so your muscles have to work to keep your body upright. According to the manufacturers, regular use 'trains the deep muscle structure, releases tension and relieves back pain'.
5. G-Hold® Universal Tablet Holder with VELCRO® Brand base
The G-Hold® ergonomic tablet holders enable you to work, play, learn and create without fear of dropping devices or straining hands and wrists. A fantastically designed, stylish, rotating, fold-flat, contoured tablet holder. Ideal device for tablet users, which can help minimise muscle activity whilst using any handheld device.
6. Verte Chair -RFM seating
Imagine settling into a chair that molds itself to your spine’s unique shape. Inspired by the human vertebrae, the Verte combines ergonomics, form and function to produce the ultimate in seating posture and comfort. A decade in the making, the Verte was created by a team of engineers, designers, and ergonomists, and is truly one of a kind. The backrest has 11 spring-loaded joints, which can take an exact spine impression at the touch of a lever. It has a dual density seat foam as standard, and can accommodate users up to 300 lb. Without exaggeration, one of the most uniquely considered chairs which isn’t there just to look cool but has a truly effective design.
Get in touch with us