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The Uber-cool $40,000 Emperor Chair/Workstation

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 21 comments

If you have ever worked in a cube-based environment, then you know all too well the boring, pseudo-fabric walls that hold you to what seems to be solitary confinement imposed by torturous employers. NovelQuest now has your escape rope from the pit!

NovelQuest(NQ), a company founded in 2005 and based out of Quebec City, Canada focuses primarily on manufacturing highly innovative and exclusive products for special events, marketing companies, museums, science centers, and high net worth individuals (and putting some emphasis on the high net worth individuals).

NQ is showing off one of its latest and greatest creations, the Emperor. This device, which appears to have been named after the emperor scorpion due to its shape and the way it moves, is NQs way of revolutionizing the modern day workstation. This ‘chair’ (if you could call it that) has everything that every cube-dweller would ever want – too bad it has a price tag of $40,000, which means you will not be seeing these things in call center environments anytime soon.

Here is a quick overview of the features available on the “Emperor:

Three synchronized 19-inch LCD displays totaling a resolution of 3840 x 1024 pixels and refresh rate of 2ms.

Control Center
7” LCD Touch Screen which is OS and Power independent from the Emperor's integrated PC. The control center allows the user to control chair position and integrated systems such as lighting control, air flow, sound, PC startup/shutdown, battery backup system and more.

Communication Devices
Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000
GN Netcom 9120-Flex Wireless Headset with Noise-canceling

Adjustable perimeter LED lighting.
Four adjustable working LED lights.
Full spectrum lighting (to avoid the jaundice)

Recaro Style Top-line all leather black seat.
Fully adjustable
Climate package available
Height&Tilt adjustment

HEPA Air Purification System

Battery Back-up
Built in power backup for up to 30 minutes of run-time in case of sudden power failure.
Built in safe shut down feature.

The guts of the system, the actual PC part, is available in PC or MAC configurations. However, the specifications might appear to be a little lacking to some people considering the price-tag of the unit as a whole. But keep in mind that this uber workstation is targeting business-oriented people and not gamers, and something tells us if you have the money, they would build you a custom unit with whatever specs you want (since they are obviously not mass producing these babies).

You can view the complete specs for both PC and MAC editions of the Emperor in this adobe acrobat document located here or via the NovelQuest home page here.

As you can see, the graphics adapter in the PC version is obviously geared towards technical use and not high-end gaming. When compared to the MAC edition, which comes with the Nvidia 8600GT card, we see a bit of a balance issue. However, as previously mentioned, these aren’t for gaming, and with enough cash in fist, NQ would probably customize your order for you.

Overall, this is a pretty cool unit. However, there is just one question remaining from us at Tom's Hardware: “Where is the cup holder?”

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    afrobacon , January 19, 2009 12:23 PM
    hows the comfort level?

    no footrest?
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    xsamitt , January 19, 2009 12:49 PM
    LOl .....40K and no Foot rest...But for just 3000 more I'm sure they'd throw one in:}
    Imagine seeing everyone's face as you bring it in the door.And again after you tell them what you paid for it.I'm thinking anyone who can afford this much on a chair doesn't need to work in a cubical.
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    one-shot , January 19, 2009 1:25 PM
    I agree. Where is the cup holder???? It may be a $2000 upgrade though to upgrade with a cup holder.
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    falchard , January 19, 2009 2:18 PM
    Why isn't this on a marble throne with gold weave in-lays and a kingly drop down display that is installed into the ceiling? Ohh and you cannot forget the rustic animal hides, and comfortable cushion seating.
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    ricin , January 19, 2009 2:23 PM
    For $40k, I expect at least 24" displays, if not larger. 19" is a joke.
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    cl_spdhax1 , January 19, 2009 3:38 PM
    All I need is a lair and an evil laugh, HahaHa ha!
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    Silluete , January 19, 2009 4:15 PM
    oh great another dreamy device....
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    Anonymous , January 19, 2009 4:47 PM
    with 40,000 USD, i think I should get 4 chair...
    or I might be better buying a 20K car, and put 3 monitor in that car.
    It still cheaper.
    It has a better comfort
    and it has a power backup too...
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    Luscious , January 19, 2009 9:34 PM
    Just the thing for any nutcase living in a padded round room...
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    ckthecerealkiller , January 19, 2009 11:18 PM
    I guarantee that they would do 24" screens. But if you are shelling out 40g's for a workstation I don't think the price would be an issue. Oh and it does have a footrest. I think that this could be one hell of a gaming chair if the support for a good sound system was there.
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    athreex , January 20, 2009 12:38 AM
    For 40k I expect this to have a coffee maker and also a built-in massage device. Lol with this uber-chair you will be the Scorpion King of the modern age.

    Let' see some of the specs. First it has a 30min battery backup (I would assume this has a high comfort level ...if that's the case ...What would happen if I fell asleep in such a nice chair and a power outage occurs? There goes the battery backup.

    - HEPA Air Purification System >> ( great combination with the massage device...but again ..Is this a business oriented chair or some Hi-Tech Zen/Feng Shui concept?

    - Dimensions

    Obviously the Height can be adjusted so you can get out of it, 61 3/4" - 83 1/2" (gosh nearly 7 ft max...imagine your boss looking at you getting out of that thing)

    - Motion
    Lol under Motion specs it states " Programmable to rotate over 8 hours". i guess you can get a guinness record for some non-stopping rotation in that chair for 8 hours.

    The Computer specs seems kind of anemic for that huge amount of money, but let's not lose the focus here: it is an unique product, you don't see this everyday @ Newegg's daily deals.

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    Caffeinecarl , January 20, 2009 3:12 AM
    Beautiful, but the system's specs are just aneeeeeemic! It's very hard to imagine something like this leaving you lacking for anything, but apparently, in spite of all the stuff it has, there's plenty it doesn't. Hmm, beer cooler anyone?
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    swiftpulse , January 20, 2009 4:01 AM
    Am I the only one being reminded of wall-E's flying chair-workstaions?
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    stuart72 , January 20, 2009 7:53 AM
    Where is the ejection lever?
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    neiroatopelcc , January 20, 2009 9:11 AM
    swiftpulseAm I the only one being reminded of wall-E's flying chair-workstaions?

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    sacre , January 22, 2009 6:30 PM
    Give me 1000 bucks and i'll make you one that has 24 inch screens..

    Man, i'll spend 50 bucks and make a chrome plated glove and sell it for 4000 and fools would probably buy it.
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    athreex , January 22, 2009 10:29 PM
    Where is the ejection lever?

    and the jetpack ? :) 
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    jrnyfan , January 26, 2009 9:51 PM
    I think we are all missing, quite possibly, the greatest line of this article:

    "Full spectrum lighting (to avoid the jaundice)"

    Because when you are dropping 40k on what amounts to a way to not have to move AT ALL when working, the fear of Jaundice shoule be high on the list.

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    Anonymous , January 28, 2009 10:52 PM
    What a stupid idea. If they sell more than 10, I'd be shocked. Three 19" displays? WTF. It should have three 42" HD screens. Only an idiot would buy this. Then again, there's a sucker born every minute.
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    Anonymous , February 5, 2009 3:36 AM
    Why are people whinging about the "19 inch displays"? Putting 3 42" plasma TVs in there would be moronic, since its what, a meter away from your face, and thus you wont be able to see most of your screens. 3x19inch is probably perfect for the distance the screens are located away from you. Whats the point of a set of massive screens if you cant see >50% of it anyway without having to crane your neck.
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