If you’re unlucky enough to work in an office, you’ll full well know the issues sitting at a desk all day can cause. Back pains and dodgy necks are not only common, they can also be serious health risks. Well, furniture stalwart Herman Miller are looking to do their bit in the fight against office-caused bad posture by unveiling a new line of smart furniture called Live OS.
The Herman Miller Live OS smart furniture is designed to track your activity throughout the working day and send reminders to switch between sitting and standing. The cloud-connected furnishings will be in-built with a tracker that sends info to a paired app, giving you real-time alerts as to when you’ve been sitting or standing at your desk for too long.
Michigan-based Herman Miller have been synonymous with ‘modern’ furniture since 1923, and the new Live OS furniture is pushing the boundaries once again. The technology will come preinstalled on Herman Miller’s Sit-to-Stand tables but separate sensors will also be sold individually and can used with your existing furniture.
The sensors on all connected work surfaces capture what Herman Miller are calling ‘space utilisation data’. Height-adjustable desks recognise and respond to personal preferences set by the user with one tap of the desk control. The idea is fairly simple with the aim of getting people more active at work. This heightened level of activity encourages people to be more productive, efficient, and engaged.
Whether you want to tech for individual use or as a company-wide initiative, the Live OS Dashboard is where you’ll get some real insight. As well as seeing all the collected data, it also helps control operational costs a secure cloud gateway that works independently from your corporate network.
The Herman Miller Live OS add-on sensors will be available over at the Herman Miller Website for around £80 ($100) each with an additional $36 subscription fee per desk per year. The Herman Miller Sit-to-Stand desk with built-in Live OS, however, will cost you around £1,200 ($1,499) with an additional $60 subscription fee.
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