October 8th, 2010 12:20 EST
A Chair That Makes Noise When You Aren't Sitting Properly?
"Getting back pain from sitting still for too long or in a bad position could be a thing of the past thanks to a chair developed by a German scientist which makes noises to tell users when they need to move.
Risto Koiva invented the `Intelli Chair` after researching `sonification` -- the use of noise to convey information -- with his colleagues at Bielefeld University.
If the chair detects that its occupant is sitting in the wrong position or has remained seated for too long, it makes a noise to tell the user it is time to change position."
My mom expected me to walk as erect as soldier when I was a small child; she constantly admonished me not to "slouch."
I moved out of my parent`s home when I was eighteen, and since then I haven`t allowed anyone to critique my posture. You can get on my case for eating too much or not exercising, just don`t tell me I`m slouching.
I`m slouching in my chair even as I`m typing this essay. I dare say that my relaxed posture inspires me to write these Pulitzer-worthy essays.
If an "Intelli Chair" made a noise because supposedly I was sitting in the wrong position, I would toss it out the window.
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