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Chairless Chair SIGNED

The worldwide first exoskeleton for the creation of ergonomic, age-neutral and low-fatigue workplaces in industry and for the reduction of physical strains in the ageing workforce

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Project "Chairless Chair" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙341˙250 €
 EC max contribution 1˙638˙875 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3. (PRIORITY 'Societal challenges)
2. H2020-EU.2.3. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Innovation In SMEs)
3. H2020-EU.2.1. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies)
 Code Call H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-2
 Funding Scheme SME-2
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-09-01   to  2020-08-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    NOONEE GERMANY GMBH DE (DEIZISAU) coordinator 1˙638˙875.00


 Project objective

noonee was founded in 2014 as spin-off from the robotics lab of ETH Zurich. The mission of noonee is to develop and distribute exoskeleton-like devices specifically tailored to the needs of industry. Caused by the demographic change, the European workforce is continuously ageing. This represents a huge challenge for the employment across all sectors. Since older workers are becoming a growing part of the workforce and people must work for longer, appropriate measures to improve working conditions and obtain health are becoming a main priority. Even though workers in manufacturing plants are constantly ranked among the occupations with highest prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders, the problem of bad workplace ergonomics is still very present. With our first product, the Chairless Chair, we are directly addressing the physical needs of workers in manufacturing and processing industries. The idea is to provide lowerback support to workers that normally must stand all day long and often in awkward body postures. Through close collaboration with large automotive and manufacturing companies, the Chairless Chair was specifically tailored to fit the needs of these workers in terms of usability, health benefits and user acceptance. In parallel, the Chairless Chair helps companies to save high amounts of costs related to sick or absent workers, fluctuating performance and the establishment of age-neutral and ergonomic workplaces. Based on the present first-mover advantage and a product that perfectly fits the nerve of time, the full commercialisation of our Chairless Chair will position noonee as market leader in the segment for wearable ergonomics mechatronic devices. To achieve this goal, the fast establishment of a European and global distribution channel is foreseen. During the first 5 years of commercialisation, we expect to generate cumulative revenues of 32 million € and establish at least 37 new jobs at noonee and more than 30 new jobs at our global distributors.


List of deliverables.
Updated product website Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-10-15 13:11:51

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of Chairless Chair deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Doris Schulz
Ergonomie in Fertigung und Montage erhöhen
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2019 Bianca Hartwich
Stuhl-Exoskelett verbessert Ergonomie
published pages: 42, ISSN: 1863-401X, DOI:
Automationspraxis Apr. 2019 2019-09-05
2019 Bianca Hartwich, Johannes Haas
Hochflexibles Exoskelett verbessert Arbeitsbedingungen in der Fertigung
published pages: 44-45, ISSN: 2191-0073, DOI:
Technische Sicherheit Apr. 2019 2019-09-05
2018 Bianca Hartwich
Körperliche Arbeitsbelastung Effektiv Verringern
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