I blogged Leopard, a robotic office chair, last November when it still was in prototype status. Now, more than half a year later, the chair finally went on sale in Japan. And it might find its way outside this country as well, as both Japanese companies involved in the development of the chair, office equipment maker Oki and furniture company Okamura, are active overseas.
The big idea of the Leopard (which is unpowered) is to apply basic principles of human anatomy to its design (Oki’s own leg-shaped robot “Robot Leg” from 2005 was the original inspiration). Owners taking a seat will make the chair sink 25° and feel as if they are being comfortably wrapped around from the back. Scoot forward and the chair ill rise the seat, enabling the person to stand up quicker and easier.
Buyers are able to choose between a leather version ($2,500)and a cloth-covered Leopard ($2,100). The chair frame will be available in black or white.