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The Comfy Chair


This essay does not describe an existing computer program, just one that should exist. This essay is about a suggested student project in Java programming. This essay gives a rough overview of how it might work. I have no source, object, specifications, file layouts or anything else useful to implementing this project. Everything I have prepared to help you is right here.

This project outline is not like the artificial, tidy little problems you are spoon-fed in school, when all the facts you need are included, nothing extraneous is mentioned, the answer is fully specified, along with hints to nudge you toward a single expected canonical solution. This project is much more like the real world of messy problems where it is up to you to fully the define the end point, or a series of ever more difficult versions of this project and research the information yourself to solve them.

Everything I have to say to help you with this project is written below. I am not prepared to help you implement it; or give you any additional materials. I have too many other projects of my own.

Though I am a programmer by profession, I don’t do people’s homework for them. That just robs them of an education.

You have my full permission to implement this project in any way you please and to keep all the profits from your endeavour.

Please do not email me about this project without reading the disclaimer above.

This is mostly a hardware project with some software. The idea is to create a very comfortable, ergonomic office chair that with computer controlled adjustments, something like a glorified car seat in a 1957 Cadillac, only that gives you much finer control.

Not only does the computer program help you home in on the most comfortable and ergonomic settings, it continuously and imperceptibly adjusts the settings over a small range as you work. This puts the strain on slightly different muscles and joint spots over time.

Things that adjust include:

The project name comfy chair is a Monty Python reference to a preposterous torture device called the comfy chair.

Your market is overpaid executives, so it does not have to be reasonably priced.

Comfy Chair Student Project
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