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Emerging Trend Transforming Traditional Desks

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The traditional desk is getting a new look thanks to an emerging trend of work station – moving people away from the standard sitting position.

The new desk gives a whole new meaning to the expression - lying down on the job.

The Altwork Station - was designed for people who spend the majority of their day at their computer like Eric Miller - at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Los Angeles.

"It's not uncommon for us to be at our desks really on the box for 10 to 12 hours a day," said Miller.

Users can stand, sit, recline and even fully lay down - all while continuing their work.

The desk has a thin sheet of metal and magnets are used to keep the keyboard, mouse and other items attached to the desktop. The monitor is bolted on.

Che Voigt is its creator.

"We wanted to make it, at the press of a button, you can transform from one position to another without putting any mental energy into it," said Voigt.

More and more, office workers are getting away from sitting at desks.

Standing work stations have become popular - some even walk at work with a treadmill desk.

Doctors say it's a good thing.

A review in the Annals of Internal Medicine found sitting for prolonged periods of time increased the risk of cardiovascular disease by 14 percent, cancer by 13 percent and nearly doubled the risk for diabetes (91%).

"It's amazing," said Miller.

The Altwork may improve your health but it comes with a cost. The flexible desk will retail for $5,900 - when it becomes available later this year.

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