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Image of the Day: “Don’t Be A Spock” Monitor Adjustment Infographic August 5, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Great Links , trackback

We all love Spock’s viewer on the bridge of the USS Enterprise. The mysterious viewer would give Spock all sorts of info to help Kirk and crew. However, was Spock’s viewer also an ergonomic danger? Well some Trekkie at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab created a handy infographic using lessons from Spock and Uhura to help with your monitor position.


Serenity Trek

A reader from the XADAMDX sent in this helpful infographic that was posted at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


1. Matt Wiley - August 5, 2010

Best Placard EVER.

2. trekreturns - August 5, 2010

Spock seems to be ok today…but lol…

3. Red Dead Ryan - August 5, 2010

Slow news day…….

4. Driver - August 5, 2010

Crouching can be murder on your back.

5. Lore - August 5, 2010

I think the positioning of Spock’s moniter was somewhat for dramatic affect. It must be really important info if you have to squat like that to get it.

6. Hat Rick - August 5, 2010

“Don’t Be a Spock”? Incorrect. Logically, Spock needs to be on his feet at all times in order to be prepared to defend the Captain from possible alien attack with his Vulcan Death Grip.

(Yes, I know there isn’t a VDG. But the aliens don’t.)

So the correct caption should be, “Don’t Be A Spock (Unless You ARE Spock).”

7. I'm Dead Jim! - August 5, 2010

I guess I need to lower my monitor (or raise my chair).

Thanks Spock & Uhura!

8. rogue_alice - August 5, 2010

In the future, we will be able to get new neck vertabrae (sp?). Here in the present, I had to learn the hard way. 20 something years of staring at a monitor takes its toll.

Heed the signs ye computer users!!!

9. Holger - August 5, 2010


10. Areli - August 5, 2010

Oh, I need to stop being a Spock then. I stand over my computer everyday.

11. Magic_Al - August 5, 2010

I don’t know if bending over was for dramatic effect but the hooded viewer looked higher-tech than reading exposition from print-outs (as in “The Cage”) and it had the production advantage of making whatever Spock was looking at imaginary so graphics didn’t have to be made for the camera.

12. The First Son of Krypton - August 5, 2010

#6 – Vulcan NERVE pinch!

Its a pet hate of mine lol

13. Hat Rick - August 5, 2010

^^ I know. But remember, Spock bluffed about the VDG in an episode. :-)

14. Martman - August 5, 2010

15. Clinton - August 5, 2010

Never thought Spock would be “Goofus” to Uhura’s “Gallant.”

16. Dave - August 5, 2010

Uhura = comfort

Spock = PAAAAIN!!!!

Who is surprised by this?

17. Locutus - August 6, 2010

I want a softcopy of this to keep on my desk all times!!

18. frederick - August 6, 2010

I always thought how uncomfortable it would be to have to use that viewer very long, bent over while standing like that.

19. Some Dude on the Internet - August 6, 2010

Hee hee – great job whoever produced this!

20. rogue_alice - August 6, 2010

#12 – Oh yes. Exactly, ‘cept I don’t get the pleasure of being knocked out. Just the pain. grin.

21. CmdrR - August 6, 2010

Vulcans have permanent hernias from bending at the waist all the time. That’s why they only have nookie once every seven years.

22. Sebastian - August 6, 2010

Maybe the original science officer assigned to the USS Enterprise was really short and Spock was his last-minute (taller) replacement! ; )

Funny how the (‘retro-modern’) TV series ENT even paid homage to this weird, eccentric design flaw as well (with T’Pol’s hooded viewer).

It is ‘illogical’, but it’s part of Star Trek’s kitschy charm!

23. Red Dead Ryan - August 6, 2010


Perhaps Keenser spent some time on the bridge before TOS started?

24. Boris - August 7, 2010

Since TOS isn’t set in our timeline, but rather in one which diverged from our own after the 1960s, TOS technology isn’t as advanced as present-day technology in certain respects, hence the inability to present sensor data on the science station in a user-friendly form. It’s the apparent equivalent of looking through a microscope. There are many other examples, such as computers which need to rattle out answers in a robotic voice with unnecessary noise, typewritten text on monitors, etc.

25. Hat Rick - August 10, 2010

24 — “typewritten text on monitors” — love it! :-) Also, that noise you heard was probably from a teletype. An oldie but goodie.

“Teletype” — Google it, kids. ;-) I remember seeing teletypes in action as a youngster. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.