Gelepad, The Handiest Ergonomic Thingamabob You’ve Never Heard Of

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This isn’t going to be much of a review, because the product under discussion is just too simple and neat to require much explanation. It’s called the Gelepad (say “jelly-pad”), and it’s a handily-sticky, lovably-squishy pad you can use to soften up the pressure points in your life. (And no, before you ask, it will not help to stick a Gelepad on your boss, your in-laws, or your mid-term exam.)

How do I tell you what this thing feels like? When I was a child, we had a toy we called a “squishy ball.” It was filled with some kind of gel (I know because one occasionally leaked), and covered with a soft and comfy material.  It was irresistibly fun to squish and squash. The Gelepad is like that, only flat and with a sticky side to keep it in place on a variety of surfaces. The adhesive is also reusable, in case you need to reposition or repurpose the pad.

The Gelepad comes in oval and rectangular shapes, with the rectangle version being available in three different sizes. Its most obvious use is to pad armrests. Lots of office chairs have hard plastic ones by default; even the semi-soft ones can often use a bit more cushy factor, or perhaps a slight increase in height. Don’t want to get sticky on the arms of your expensive chair? There’s an accessory for that – essentially a flat piece of plastic with straps to wrap around stuff.

If you work standing, or in a chair without arms, you might use the Gelepad as a palm rest or arm rest on your desk directly. Or, you might use it somewhere other than your desk. For example, do you get sore spots on your elbows while driving? Try a Gelepad for that; it just might help.

That’s it! No functional critique and feature comparison here, as Gelepad has no moving parts and no comparable competitors that I know of.

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Kealoha

Hi, I'm Kealoha, an American engi-nerd. I've designed dozens of software systems for Fortune 1000 companies worldwide and institutions like MIT’s Digital Media Lab. I started to get carpal tunnel syndrome early in my career and a total
switch to ergo products has completely eliminated any pain or discomfort despite decades of crazy hours behind screens. I hope you too weave in a bit of ergo into your lives.

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