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Jaguar Land Rover had unveiled a design for a shape-shafting 'seat of the future' that tricks your brain into thinking that you are walking as you drive.
The UK car manufacturer's so-called 'morphable' seat concept is intended to tackle the health risks of sitting down for too long.
Department - Transport - UK - Drivers - Miles
According to the Department for Transport, UK drivers are estimated to cover around 146 miles (235 kilometres) in their vehicles each week.
Tiny actuators within the seat's internal foam stimulate one leg after the other in order to simulate the rhythm of walking — which is known as 'pelvic oscillation'.
World - Health - Organisation - People - Lifestyles
According to the World Health Organisation, some 1.4 billion people worldwide are now living increasing sedentary lifestyles.
Such inactivity can lead to the shortening of muscles in the legs, gluteals and hips — and ultimately lead to back pain and an increased risk of injury from falls or strains.
Micro-adjustments - Seat - Oscillation - Effects - Spending
However, continuous micro-adjustments in the shape-shifting seat that simulate pelvic oscillation could help ease some of the effects of spending long journeys sat down, Jaguar Land Rover's Body Interiors Research division claim.
The motion had no impact on comfort, they added — and the movements of advance seats...
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