This Box Will Let You Use Your Laptop Outside In The Sun
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If there's one major positive to working from home, it's being able to get some sunshine when the sun comes out.
Those lucky enough to have a garden are able to soak up some rays while tapping away at their keyboard - a far cry from sitting vitamin D deficient in the office. Well, that's the dream, at least.
In reality, taking your laptop outside tends to lead to squinty eyes, migraines and screen glare so bright you have to skulk back off inside within 20 minutes.
To tackle this very 2020 problem, shelving supplier BiGDUG has launched its very own Garden Laptop Shelter which claims to "help Brits work from home without missing out on the opportunity to catch some sun."
The shelter - said to be perfect for shielding laptop from the sun's glare - is made from wood and comes equipped with a sun cream shelf and space for a power cable, so you can keep charged all day.
What's more, the shelter comes with a fan holder, head height mirror (for those pre-Zoom check ups), mini clock and a rather comical hydration hat. Maybe take that one off before your video chat with the CEO, though...
"This fabulous hot weather friend comes with a built in hydration station, including a mouth-height straw and space for two thirst quenching bottles or cans," says BiGDUG.
"Inside you will find a rechargeable fan, shelf for your sunscreen (we don't want anybody to get burnt), a mirror to check your face before a zoom call, digital clock, beer hat and space for a power cable so you can keep powered all day!"
The quirky shelter costs just £20.82 - a worthy investment for the tanning potential, we think.
However, if you'd prefer to DIY your own, there's a way to easily do that too.
Taking any old cardboard box you have in your home, simply tilt it on it's side and place your laptop within to create a box cover for your computer.
The cardboard box laptop hack was shared by LinkedIn user Tom Wood, and it's as simple as it sounds.
While we love the idea of a laptop shelter for the garden, it's worth noting that forgoing a proper desk can cause problems from your neck and back.
Award-winning Osteopath Anisha Joshi gave her views on the outdoor laptop shelters, telling Tyla: "This idea could potentially help someone with neck or back pain if they are already committed to working outside, as they won't need to move around in an attempt to block the sun's glare to see their screen.
"It can however also take the laptop screen further away from you and encourage a person to slouch into the screen more than usual when working from home/in the garden. This can lead to muscle tightness in the neck and shoulders and possibly predispose to headaches and neck pain."
Anisha says that preventing neck and back pain is all about reducing the gradient of your head looking down.
"Getting a decent laptop stand and Bluetooth keyboard is always a good idea! You could possibly raise the shelter underneath with a box or books so it's not forcing your head down," she suggests.
"Lifting up the screen will prevent poor posture and this can help with neck and back pain when working from home. And lastly, sit on a proper chair (as opposed to garden furniture) that has decent back support."
Handy to know. Now, get us out in that sun!