Chair that sounds alarm

London, Dec 5 (IANS) Researchers have developed a "sitting pad" that sets off a loud beeping if employees don't move for long periods of time, the Daily Mail reported.

And those who try to trick the system by briefly standing up before plonking themselves back down will simply set the siren off again.

Some may find the notion of being forced to walk around intrusive. However, the team from Queensland University said the device could prevent serious health problems.

There is a wealth of evidence that sitting down all day can shorten your life. Recently published research from the University of Loughborough found a sedentary lifestyle can double the risk of diabetes and heart attacks, the newspaper added.