Ergo Depot's Awesome Blog

Apr 18

Get High With Jarvis this weekend. 

Ergo Depot wants you to get high at work, and Jarvis is the desk for the job. Stable, reliable, and totally handsome, Jarvis will quickly become your new favorite coworker.
Jarvis is available in three frame colors and dozens of top options, plus fast and free shipping.
Jarvis is ready to roll.

Jarvis is the sit-stand desk that gets you high.

Get High With Jarvis this weekend. 

Ergo Depot wants you to get high at work, and Jarvis is the desk for the job. Stable, reliable, and totally handsome, Jarvis will quickly become your new favorite coworker.

Jarvis is available in three frame colors and dozens of top options, plus fast and free shipping.

Jarvis is ready to roll.

Jarvis is the sit-stand desk that gets you high.

Aug 27

Review: Introducing the MFlex

It takes a very special monitor arm to bring the word “revolutionary” to mind. After all, monitor arms have been seen in almost every office for the last decade, people know the long list of benefits, and there are already monitor arms built to hold up to six flat panel monitors.

So why did we think of ways to reconfigure our desks to make room for the newest monitor arm on the market? Because there’s really nothing else like it out there.

Humanscale’s M/Flex monitor arm is the most versatile and dynamic monitor support system available today. Its sustainable design—not just the parts but the philosophy–ensure it’s the last monitor arm system you’ll ever need.

The key difference between the M/Flex system and all other monitor arms on the market is the scalable design, allowing you to upgrade from one to six monitors without disrupting your current configuration. The modular system works by adding additional arms to the existing post simply by stacking them. Check out the video below for a demonstration of how straightforward the M/Flex system is.


We have had a chance to use the M/Flex M2 model and it’s just as easy to use as the standard M2 monitor arm. The dynamic arm links make it incredibly easy to adjust and find a comfortable position.

For heavier monitors, the M/Flex M8 will be available during the first quarter of 2013, and we look forward to getting our hands on it when it arrives.

Aug 21

Anonymous asked: Hi Ergo Depot! Can you do a comparison of the Muvman and the Varier Move? I've read up about them individually, but it'd be really helpful to hear about them side by side.

Hey there! We’re definitely planning to dig into some more video content in the coming months - I’ll add a Muvman vs. Varier Move Stool comparison to our idea list :)

In the meantime, if you have any specific questions feel free to call us at 888.508.3725 (or if you’re near Portland or SF stop by one of our locations)!

-Collin (Ergo Depot SF)

Aug 09

Sustainable Seating: HAG Capisco Puls

There are plenty of companies out there who describe themselves as “green” or “sustainable” just because they use recycled packaging materials and compost their coffee grounds.  

Then there are companies like HAG, who truly practice sustainability in not just packaging, but in manufacturing, component materials, and durability of their products.

Take HAG’s Capisco Puls, for example. Not only is the chair 95% recyclable and made of primarily recycled content, HAG has issued an environmental report that details the energy consumption and global warming impact. This attention to detail in the manufacturing process gives you an idea of the strong commitment HAG has made to sustainability in its products. From HAG:

Part of that evolution is a deeper understanding of what it means to be “sustainable” and a commitment to integrating the social, environmental and economic aspects of sustainability into our policies, our practices, our designs, and our culture.

What good is green manufacturing if the product itself doesn’t last more than a year or two before you will need to replace it? Not much. HAG backs up its products with one of the best warranties in the industry.

For more on the environmental product summary of the HAG Capisco Puls, click here to download the fact sheet. Information on indoor air quality, LEED credits, material content plus other important factors are available for all HAG products. For specifics on the company’s corporate perspective, check out this link. They even ship packages using alternative fuel when available.

Show me the numbers.
So how exactly does the Capisco Puls stack up?

Material Content:


Recyclable Materials:

Ergo Depot is committed to sustainability in our products and the manufacturers we chose to work with. We would be more than happy to answer questions regarding the environmental impact of any of our products. 

Aug 07

npr:

Doctors Increasingly Ignore Evidence In Treating Back Pain
The misery of low back pain often drives people to the doctor to seek relief. But doctors are doing a pretty miserable job of treating back pain, a study finds.
Physicians are increasingly prescribing expensive scans, narcotic painkillers and other treatments that don’t help in most cases, and can make things a lot worse. Since 1 in 10 of all primary care visits are for low back pain, this is no small matter.
What does help? Some ibuprofen or other over-the-counter painkiller, and maybe some physical therapy. That’s the evidence-based protocol. With that regimen, most people’s back pain goes away within three months.
Read the rest of the story on NPR’s Shots health blog.
(Photo: iStockPhoto)

npr:

Doctors Increasingly Ignore Evidence In Treating Back Pain

The misery of low back pain often drives people to the doctor to seek relief. But doctors are doing a pretty miserable job of treating back pain, a study finds.

Physicians are increasingly prescribing expensive scans, narcotic painkillers and other treatments that don’t help in most cases, and can make things a lot worse. Since 1 in 10 of all primary care visits are for low back pain, this is no small matter.

What does help? Some ibuprofen or other over-the-counter painkiller, and maybe some physical therapy. That’s the evidence-based protocol. With that regimen, most people’s back pain goes away within three months.

Read the rest of the story on NPR’s Shots health blog.

(Photo: iStockPhoto)

Jul 31

NYT: Exercise Changes Fat and Muscle Cells -

It’s incredible to think that we have the ability to change how our genes behave by doing simple things in our daily lives. We found this NYT blog post covering several new studies on how exercise impacts our cells inspiring.  

Jul 30

Focal and the evolution of the standing desk - Wakefield -

Jul 29

Defining Ergonomics

humanscale:

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Though ergonomics may be a buzzword these days, it’s relevant to all of us. You hear the word often, whether it’s being used to promote chairs, jeans or even sports drinks, but what does it actually mean?

It’s simple, really. Ergonomics is defined as the science of fitting the task and the tools to the user to maximize productivity while reducing discomfort, fatigue and injury. Derived from the Greek words “ergon,” which means “to work,” and “nomos,” which means “natural laws,” ergonomics applies to anywhere you work.

In addition to the traditional office environment, ergonomics is also applicable to alternative workplaces and even home offices. Whether you’re sitting at a desk, working on an assembly line or taking care of patients in a medical environment, ergonomics can impact your life. Ergonomics is about making the workplace fit you and your specific needs, rather than the other way around.

A proactive discipline, ergonomics helps to reduce discomfort in the individual. This can have a ripple effect, increasing job satisfaction, productivity and well-being, thereby helping to reduce costs to the organization in the long run.

So, next time you hear someone name-check “ergonomics,” you’ll know exactly what they mean (or don’t). 

Jul 22

Peddle while you work

Over the past few years there have been a number of interesting new ideas for combating excessive sitting at work. One of the more innovative ideas to emerge is taking the concept of an exercise bike and marrying it up with a height adjustable desk.
The result is the standing desk bike. And it’s awesome.
 
So, what is this idea all about?
Keeping active while you work
Lifespan, well known for its office treadmill products has now designed an exercise bike specifically for use with a sit stand desk.
The main difference between this bike and the sort of models you find in gyms and health clubs is it doesn’t have handlebars as they would get in the way. And of course you have your desktop to support you.
Once positioned on the bike at a height adjustable desk your body is placed in a far healthier open position than the scrunched up angle associated with sitting in an office chair. It’s stable in use thanks to the self-balancing adjustable strap pedals.
And while the idea is to pedal to keep fit, you simply stop for a rest when you’re ready.  
How does it work in practice?
The bike is both portable and sturdy. To move it into position it has a pair of rollers at the rear and tilting it upwards engages them for easy movement. Once lowered the front feet keep it solidly in place. 
From there it has a huge range of adjustment positions allowing the seat to be set anywhere between 5 feet and 6 feet 8 inches to suit individual users. It makes the perfect partner for an adjustable height desk and a model such as our AD129 would work best due to its height adjustability range.
There’s no need to worry about finding it hard going as it has some 16 resistance levels making it easy to match it up with your level of fitness. It will comfortably support users up to a weight of 400 lbs.
It even lets you know how you’re progressing.
Using the desktop console
The desk cycle comes with an electronic console which gives users a wealth of information. It lets you know what resistance level you are working at, so as you progress you can alter it to suit your needs. It keeps a record of the time you’ve used it for as well as the number of calories you’ve burned. Lastly, it even shows how far you’ve travelled which is very motivational. 
Finding more information about the desk bike
Here’s where you can find information about the LifeSpan desk cycle and the AD129 desk we recommend to use with it.

 

Jul 19

Portland City Declares War On Chairs -

It’s great to be part of such a progressive city and community.

Mayor Hales, we stand with you!