It's time to rise up against exercise desks

The "TreadDesk" is only the latest example.

TreadDesk

There's some kind of conspiracy in the air. A managerial one. First there's a concept to make us more productive by strapping a laptop to the waist , and now we find that there's yet another attempt to tether workers to their desks with a new built-in treadmill.

Judging by the photos, it looks as if the "TreadDesk" could even elevate and fire up while you're still typing away, not missing a beat on that Excel spreadsheet. This invention of the devil already has some competition, however: Just a few months ago the " Walkstation " made its debut, and there's also the low-end " GZ PC-Sport and Power Stepper " for those who prefer more of a seated StairMaster-type workout.

The TreadDesk seems to be shooting for something of a mid-range market, with prices reportedly between $1,500 and $4,000 depending on the model and features. The Walkstation, by contrast, has been estimated around $6,500. Either way, all of this makes us alarmed and terribly depressed.

(Thanks to Eric for the tip)

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    Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.

     

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