Kinetic Concept Is Lexus’ Idea Of A Comfortable And Supportive Seat

If you believe car seats couldn’t get any better, this revolutionary concept from Lexus might have you thinking twice.

Set to be unveiled during this year’s Paris Auto Show, the so-called Kinetic Seat concept features a revolutionary fiber net construction, rotational movements for the seat cushion and back rest, plus a flexible spider web-pattern for optimal support.

Why a movable seat cushion and back rest you may ask? Well, it’s all about the spine. How the spine works is that it allows the pelvis and chest to rotate in opposite directions, stabilizing the head even when a person is engaged in physical exercise such as walking, running or jumping.

Lexus wanted to recreate this movement in a car seat, and so they designed the seat cushion and back rest to move kinetically with the occupant’s weight and external forces. In short, it helps stabilize head movement caused by vehicle motion, helping you keep your field of vision steady.

The previously mentioned spider web-pattern spreads out radially from the center of the back rest and is sufficiently flexible to fit one’s body shape while dispersing the load and allowing for more comfort over prolonged periods. Look closer and you’ll see that the center of the back rest is located at around shoulder blade height, which in turn “induces rotational movement of the chest around the seat’s pivotal axis.” This helps stabilize the head and of course, increases overall support.

The spider web-pattern threads themselves are made from environmentally-friendly synthetic spider silk materials and not petroleum-derived materials. In fact, the main component for this material is protein, created through microbial fermentation – a process which ultimately leads to superior shock absorbance properties.

Oh and naturally, the seat is sufficiently slim so as to help make the car lighter in weight as well.

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  • kachuks

    Hiding my farts while someone is in the car with me is no longer and option.

  • Craig

    This might be wonderful…. while actually sitting in it. But I imaging getting in [and out of] it …. not so much.

    • Kannag Don Amenra

      Maybe so but the Japanese and Germans always over engineer their products. I’m guessing in this case, they thought of ingress and egress as well.

    • Six Thousand Times

      I’m able to get in and out of my office chair easily enough and this thing looks similar to that.

      • Craig

        Getting on and off an office chair and into our out a car seat are not exactly the same.

        • KareKakk

          …and the lower the car, the more “fun” it gets… 😛

        • Six Thousand Times

          Right, so this will be the same as a car seat constructed like an office chair. Cars are definitely built lower so ingress and egress are always going to require more contortions but I’m not sure what you’re concerned about as far as the construction of this seat is concerned.

          • Craig

            When a person gets into their car – their ass slides along the side of the seat cushion. This is why the left side of the seat bottom always shows more signs of wear than any other part of any other seat in a car. [Because there is always a driver – but not always anyone else in the car] Take another look at this new Lexus seat and tell me how your ‘seat’ would feel sliding across that seat.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Wow. Er…well, since I’ll be wearing trousers in your scenario, I think I’ll be fine.

          • Craig

            Let’s me guess. You’re about 140 lbs?

          • Six Thousand Times

            It’s been a number of years since I tipped the scales at 140. 😉

  • Akira

    An exposed structure like this would look very cool but it’d still prefer foam and leather over it.

  • NICE.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I hate how bulky car seats have become so if this works, I’m all for it.

  • Ary Wisesa

    Nice… At the moment I can’t fully understand it, but maybe when they launch the video explaining what it can do, I’ll understand it better. But anyway, I always like new inventions and innovations. For the start: it looks like a sculpture, which is good. Good job Lexus! 🙂

  • น้องชูก้า เยสพรีส

    would it be great, if they use hammock instead

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