Meet Live OS, a Desk Sensor That Tracks Your Activity

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In an effort to increase productivity in workspaces, Herman Miller, the furniture company behind the Aeron chair and the cubicle, has launched a desk sensor that collects data on how and when office spaces are being used.

The data Live OS collects is shown on a dashboard that companies can access. Live OS also includes an app extension that lets individual employees set goals for sitting and standing. In other words, it’s a Fitbit for your desk.

Live OS was launched today at NeoCon in Chicago as part of a collaboration with designer Yves Béhar for smarter office furniture. It pairs with Herman Miller sit-to-stand desks and lets users control the height of their desks and set activity goals, like standing up for five minutes every hour. For non-Herman Miller desks, though, it only collects data on when people are at their desks.

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The sensor was designed to help companies “lower operational costs, improve space utilization, and enhance employee well-being.”

Live OS claims that initial testing showed users were six times more active using it, and, by being more active, people are “more productive, efficient, and engaged.” However, the health benefits of standing desks have been hotly debated.

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Sensors are being sold individually for $100 and the software that comes with it costs $36 per desk per year. The app that pairs with Herman Miller desks costs $60 per desk per year. However, Quartz notes that prices drop as companies buy more sensors and subscribe to the service for longer periods of time.

Live OS isn’t the first software that uses data to increase workplace productivity, though. Humanyze tracks employee interactions online and in-person, and GE’s Current uses light sensors to track movement.


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