German Ergonomic Keyboard and Desk from 1969

Ergonomic News Furniture

The Surf Chair by Kenneth Lylover

Well before the PC revolution put computers into nearly every home, this futuristic desk with split keyboard was designed in Germany in 1969. We couldn’t find any more information about this design other than a Getty image. We find this design fascinating! Not only for the ergonomic split screen but also the twin monitors, which we have found to increase productivity by about 25%. From the picture it looks like the left display is also adjustable and can be slid to the best angle.

Over 22 years later, the first ergonomic keyboards started to hit the market. We are already seeing ergonomic designs pop up with integrated ergonomic chairs and desks. Maybe these integrated ergonomic workstations will start to become popular for home offices?

I’m definitely interested in testing one out!

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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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