Herman Miller, original architect of the workplace cubicle, is expanding its product line to include smart office furniture.
During this week’s NeoCon 2017, the Michigan-based manufacturer announced Live OS—a sort of activity tracker for your desk.
The platform, part of a collaboration with designer Yves Béhar, collects data and lets folks set goals for their sit-to-stand work surfaces, like being on your feet for five minutes every hour.
Furniture is continuously connected to the cloud via a secure cellular network, enabling desks to “sense people,” share utilization data, and respond to employees as necessary.
A Herman Miller sit-to-stand desk, for instance, remembers preferred postures, and will adjust to a saved position with the touch of a button. The built-in desk control also lights up and vibrates to remind you to get off your butt every once in awhile.
And while you’re busy working, so is the high-tech table: The sensors send to the cloud anonymized real-time data, which is analyzed and delivered “in the form of evolving insights to enhance workplace performance,” according to the Herman Miller press release.
An accompanying mobile app and digital dashboard, meanwhile, make it easy to set personal preferences and follow data analysis.
“With the data insights captured through Live OS, organizations can better measure and manage workplace strategy to optimize real estate usage and improve employee experience,” Ryan Anderson, director of commercialization, said in a statement.
Initial testing suggests Live OS users are six times more active and productive. Though the jury is still out regarding the actual health benefits of standing desks.
Subscription-based Live OS will launch first in North America with limited availability as part of the Herman Miller Living Office suite.
The creator of the Aeron chair also introduced a handful of other products at NeoCon, including the ColourForm Sofa Group collection designed by Stefan Scholten, the Ollin Monitor Arm with fingertip screen control, and the Versus family of seating solutions.
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