Sitting at a desk all day can lead to all kinds of medical problems, such as back aches, stiff necks and even to gaining weight. Unfortunately, there is not much we can do to solve this problem. It is not like we can take an hour off every day and go jogging outside. In order to solve this problem, artist Robb Godshaw allowed rodents to inspire him and created the Hamster Wheel Standing Desk. He even published instructions for building this particular type of desk.
The Hamster Wheel Standing Desk uses a wheel that has an 80-in (203-cm) diameter and is supported by a 24-in (61-cm) wide base. At the base of the wheel, the designer placed four skateboard wheels in order to allow fluidity. In this way, the invention rotates perfectly when the user walks or runs on it. Talking about his design, Godshaw explained that the desk part was initially separate. “We already had a standing desk that fits through the wheel, so it was just a matter of avoiding interference and leaving enough room for a human,” he said.
The Hamster Wheel Standing Desk is made of four sheets of three-quarter inch plywood, four skateboard wheels, two pipes, 240 wood screws and a pint of glue. The artist stated that he designed the wheel in just a few hours, using Autodesk. The completion of the project took an additional 24 hours. Still, when looking at the design of the wheel, we can see something very important is missing. The Hamster Wheel Standing Desk has no brakes. Although they were considered during the designing process, at the end they were discarded. Its creator decided to make sure users worked out. As a result, you have to walk all the time when you are inside the wheel.
What do you think of the Hamster Wheel Standing Desk?