Altwork Station -
Altwork’s objective is to redefine how your computer and workstation work with you, to support
you in being more productive, comfortable, and healthy.
After five years of engineering and over $1M of founder and angel investment,
Altwork is launching a pre-order campaign to finance the additional tooling and
development we need to scale production of the world’s first workstation designed
for high-intensity computer users.
Q: WHAT DOES THE ALTWORK STATION DO?
A: Altwork redefines how humans interact with their computers by allowing the computer screen and keyboard to physically conform to the needs of humans in the workplace. Unlike standard desk & chair workstations, high intensity computer users can use the product to sit, stand, focus (recline) and collaborate. In simplest terms, it allows you to work any way you want and the computer seamlessly moves with you, instead of forcing you to conform to it.
Q: WHO IS THE ALTWORK STATION DESIGNED FOR?
A: Altwork is designed for high intensity computer users, which we define as people that spend at least 4 hours a day in front of their personal computer and are required to focus on complex tasks for extended periods of time such as developing software and producing computer automated design work.
Q: HOW ERGONOMIC IS IT? HOW DOES IT IMPACT SITTING AND STANDING TOO MUCH?
A: Most ergonomic experts agree sitting for extended periods is not healthy. Standing desks have mixed data regarding health benefits/liabilities. Most of the studies that have been done are correlative rather than causal so it is hard to derive definitive prescriptions from them. However, most experts agree that humans should change positions and move throughout the day. We believe movement throughout the day is important. While there is no formal ergonomic data we know of regarding the Focus (reclined) position our Altwork patented technology provides, many experts believe a large part of the health benefits from standing come from keeping the torso and legs at greater than 135 degrees apart to allow blood flow vs. the 90 degrees that a traditional chairs require.
Q: WHEN WILL THE ALTWORK STATION BE AVAILABLE?
A: Shipping to West Coast customers will begin in mid-2016, with the rest of the U.S. following. Altwork Stations are built in Sonoma County California and by shipping to customers close to the factory first we can provide the best possible support to early customers. Altwork products are not currently available internationally.
Q: IS IT AVAILABLE INTERNATIONALLY?
A: Yes, however, international shipments won’t happen until late 2016 – international customers can still lock in early-adopter pre-order savings between $1,000 and $2,000 by purchasing or reserving your unit now!
Q: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
A: The list price is about the same as other quality American-made furniture configurations that include an electric sit-stand workstation, quality chair, monitor arm, etc. – those configurations are about $5k. Ultimately, the list price for the Altwork Station will be $5,900. However, if you pre-order your workstation now, you can save between $1,000 and $2,000 against our early adopter discount pre-order prices of $4,900 for Signature Series $3,900 for Standard Series.
Q: CAN IT HOLD MULTIPLE SCREENS?
A: We designed it to be more about weight than number of screens. We specify 35 lbs. maximum for standard long-term operation. Two monitors are ok depending on their weight. We will also offer a side mount for laptops if you want to use your laptop screen as one monitor, plus a larger monitor that stays connected to the workstation. We can do as many as 4 screens if people want, depending on their size and weight. For example, a typical new 22-inch monitor weighs about 6 lb, a new iMac about 21 lbs.
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Q: WHAT IS THE WARRANTY?
A: Five years. The workstation is designed and tested to last 10 normal working years.
Q: DO EARLY ADOPTER ALTWORK STATIONS COME WITH A WARRANTY?
A: Yes. The early adopter Altwork Stations come with a 5-year warranty.
Q: WHAT ARE THE COLOR OPTIONS?
A: Here is the direction on the current colors. While we are getting close, some of these colors and options may change. We will apprise you as soon as they are final.
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Q: HOW HEAVY IS IT, AND WHAT ARE THE DIMENSIONS?
A: It is 30 inches wide so it can be easily moved through most doors. It is 5 feet long so it is about the same length as a medium sized desk. It weighs 210 lbs which is about 20 lbs more than vintage tanker desks.
Q: DOES IT FIT ALL BODY TYPES?
A: Pretty much. We’ve tested the workstation with people as ranging in height from 4’9″ to 6’8″ – while our data isn’t scientific (yet), we didn’t have any complaints, and everyone was satisfied.
Q: WHERE DOES MY COFFEE GO?
A: Altwork Station works best with a side table for coffee, laptops, desktops, papers, books and sometimes lunch. The side table is designed to match the chair style and is available as part of the pre-order campaign. However, expect us to come out with some fun, caffeine-oriented accessories prior to shipping!
Q: DOES IT COME WITH A SCREEN?
A: No, a standard VESA mount on the back accommodates various screens. A multiple screen mount can hold up to 4 monitors depending on the weight of the monitors.
Q: WHEN CAN I GET ONE?
A: We will start shipping mid-2016. We’ll be prioritizing shipments closest to our factory (just north of San Francisco) to minimize logistics in the event early customers need field support.
Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING ON THIS?
A: Five years.
Q: DO YOU HAVE PATENTS?
A: Yes. So far we have 1 patent issued and 2 pending.
Q: WHAT KEEPS THE KEYBOARD AND MOUSE FROM FALLING WHEN YOU LEAN BACK?
A: The desk has a layer of steel under its surface. Magnets on the keyboard and keypad hold them in position on the desk. We provide specialized magnet kits for standard Apple products and a general-purpose kit to accommodate other products. The mouse pad has a ring of steel on its outer edge but no steel in the center. This allows the user to slide the mouse easily when mousing and store the mouse anywhere on the edge of the pad when not in use.
Q: WHAT EXPERIENCE DO THE FOUNDERS HAVE?
A: The founding team has been working together for over 3 decades. Their collaboration has resulted in the sale of three aerospace hardware companies. All of those companies were based in Sonoma County and all of them are still in operation, employing hundreds of people in high tech manufacturing. The team has a history of success designing, building, shipping and supporting mechanical products. In addition, Che Voigt (CEO of Altwork) is an active angel investor and is currently head of the North Bay Angel investing group and is involved in multiple business organizations including the Sonoma County BEST, a public-private partnership for economic development.
Q: WHAT ARE THE SHIPPING DIMENSIONS?
A: The workstation ships in a 3’x4’x5′ crate weighing 330 lbs. total. If a side table is ordered, it will fit in the crate and add about 40 lb.
Q: IS SHIPPING INCLUDED?
A: The buyer pays actual shipping and crating costs before the workstation ships. If the chair is being shipped to a California address, the buyer also pays applicable sales tax. The actual cost of shipping depends on many factors — the distance from our factory, whether the user can pick the workstation up from the shipper’s depot, whether the chair is being shipped to a residence or a business having a loading dock, etc. In the SF bay area, we expect to deliver directly with an Altwork truck. Altwork will work to minimize shipping costs.
How big is it?
36″ wide x 55″ long (upright seated, leg rest extended). Length extends to 72 inches when fully reclined.
Will it roll through a standard 36-inch door?
Yes. When rolling, rotate the desk 90 degrees from the normal sitting position and it will easily fit through a 36″ door.
The workstation with typical monitors and a laptop weights about 250 lbs.
Who does it accommodate?
The workstation is designed to best-fit people 5’2″ to 6’6″ up to 250 lbs. However, it has worked for people outside those parameters.
Monitor adjustment range?
9″ vertical, 10″ fore/aft
29″ x 16″
Mini-desk adjustment range?
13″ vertical x 6″ fore/aft
Minimum seat height?
Stand up desk height?
The desk in standup mode can be adjusted from 36″ to 60″ from the floor. The support rises up to 18″ from seated position for stand up work mode.