'Hip Office' really isn't

Conceptual belt holds laptop so you can type while you walk.

OhGizmo

If this concept ever becomes a reality, it should come with a public-service warning along the lines of those gambling-addiction 800 numbers posted at casino ATMs. Because anyone who considers getting one must have a severe workaholism problem, not to mention a dire need for fashion intervention.

German designer Henning Kunow touts the "Hip Office" (get it?) as an ergonomic way to do work on a laptop, attaching it to a fiberglass belt around your waist. Judging by the photos on OhGizmo, it can even allow you to blissfully tap away while sitting, standing, or even walking.

Still, we have a hard time viewing it as a device that promotes a healthy workplace. In addition to its dubious weight distribution, there are much more immediate concerns--such as knocking stuff over while turning around, or perhaps walking into the occasional wall.

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