If you are a couch potato or a housewife that is too tired to get off the chair to workout or a senior citizen with mobility issues, the GEWOS armchair could be a real god sent for you. Created by researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, the prototype looks just like any other cushioned armchair though it comes with an integrated rowing machine apparatus to help people workout while enjoying the comfort of the chair. Developed to serve as a fitness assistant rather than a full on workout equipment, the armchair comes laden with a bunch of sensors built into the armrest, backrest and seat cushions that measure the oxygen saturation and heartbeat of the seated person.
The Gesund Wohnen Mit Stil or Healthy Living with Style (GEWOS) is also designed to detect whether the person sitting in the chair is seated in the correct posture or not. The sensors in the chair are also designed to wirelessly sync data to a tablet that lets people transmits data about their weight, blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation and pulse rate and give people a way to monitor their health and vital stats. Using a virtual health assistant, the data can be analyzed to create custom workout plans for the user.
The research and development of the prototype chair was funded by the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) and took three and a half year to make. The primary aim of the armchair is to provide senior citizens a way to keep fit and active right from the comfort of their home and also help them keep an eye on their health. The fitness assistant chair is currently being fine tuned to iron out the kinks in the design.