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PediGlide gives inactivity the slip

PediGlide gives inactivity the...
The PediGlide lets users slide their feet back and forth ... without wearing a hole in their carpet
The PediGlide lets users slide their feet back and forth ... without wearing a hole in their carpet
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A diagram of the PediGlide
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A diagram of the PediGlide
The PediGlide lets users slide their feet back and forth ... without wearing a hole in their carpet
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The PediGlide lets users slide their feet back and forth ... without wearing a hole in their carpet

Inspired by reports on the health risks of prolonged sitting, many people have turned to using miniature pedalling machines or elliptical trainers while seated at their desks. Unfortunately, though, sometimes those devices cause users to bang their knees on the underside of their desktop, or make them bob up and down while working. That's why the PediGlide was created.

The PediGlide has two plastic foot platforms, which slide forward and backward along rails on a metal base plate. Heavy-duty rubber bands run between each of those platforms and the base, providing resistance as users slide their feet back and forth. Rubber pads on the underside of the base help keep it in place while in use.

A diagram of the PediGlide
A diagram of the PediGlide

As a result of its low-profile design, the PediGlide could conceivably be used not just under desks, but also in scenarios such as long airline flights. It folds, for added portability.

The PediGlide is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. A pledge of US$59 will get you one, when and if they reach production. Hopefully for its designers, it will have more success than the similar Glyder, which never reached its funding goal.

More information is available in the following video.

Sources: Kickstarter, PediGlide

PediGlide Kickstarter 2016

4 comments
HensleyBeuronGarlington
I want. We do not have standing desk accommodations at my office. We are technical support and I sit pretty much 9-12 hours everyday. I've gained more weight here than I did when I worked in corrections, which was also a pretty inactive job of sitting at watching inmates, but at least there we did patrols and searches. I use an exercise/balance ball to provide some passive exercise in lieu of a traditional office chair, I've got dumbbells, and a grip trainer, but none of that compares to good standing desk. Not to mention, my exercise ball, though black and as professional looking as I could make it, gets odd looks from others passing my cubical.
Douglas Bennett Rogers
Good for over cooled or under heated rooms. Bad for warm rooms.
YuraG
This gizmo, or its descendants, have a bright future. After a few tweaks it's bound to succeed
Bruce H. Anderson
Built-in resistance bands. Easy to replace I hope.