I like the Platform9 in conception and execution. It looks great, and it’s a clever idea. The acrylic is beautiful.
The heat from your laptop might feel good in the cooler months but it could actually be doing you harm. According to a study from researchers at the State University of New York, laptops release enough warmth to overheat testicles within 15 minutes, which may impair sperm production and sperm output in men. Sitting with a laptop on your lap for long periods can also lead to “toasted skin syndrome,” an unusuallooking, mottled skin condition on the thighs caused by long-term heat exposure. Platform 9 NZ Ltd have launched their solution, Platform 9 – an innovative laptop rest that provides a comfortable work platform while protecting your lap from “toasted skin syndrome” and overheated testicles. This lightweight knee suspended device is made from heat-resistant acrylic and comes in four colours – clear, green, yellow and orange.
Marion Edwin (CNZErg) – Ergonomist:
Platform9 offers the ‘away-from-desk’ laptop user a range of alternative laptop-use positions fitting the general intent of current best practice for computer use. A number of positions are possible when reclining or lying in a couch, easy-chair or bed, with the handy mouse platform giving a useful alternative to laptop-mounted pointer controls. The Platform9 is likely to make laptop use more comfortable for many people, providing that attention is also given to break-taking practices and overall time using computers, and other hazards.