This adjustable chair let 18th-century women give birth in something approaching comfort

From the ancient times until the 1800s, many women gave birth with the aid of parturition chairs, specially designed seats that allowed women to sit upright or recline while giving birth. This particular chair had padded leather rests for the mother's legs, but the parturition chairs came in a number of flavors. Some… »11/18/12 12:00pm11/18/12 12:00pm


An Exoskeleton Is Fused To My Spine, And I Love It

A network of lightweight interfaces has been stuck to my back for the past few weeks, receiving information about the slightest movement of my spine. My new Herman Miller Embody chair is like an exoskeleton, supplementing my body's own structural integrity. While I sit and blog about our future space exploration, it's… »11/20/08 4:57pm11/20/08 4:57pm