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Iconic chair maker wants you to stand up with this new product



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The new product HERMAN MILLER, a business man that started investing heavily in office furniture century ago, which bears the name Live OS has taken a new dimension. The new product will re-strategize how employees interact with their office confinement and it suggests that maybe it’s time to stand up.

From its appearance and mechanism, Live OS is a cloud platform that keep tracks on how people make use of office space. Attach an infrared sensor to the underside of your desk and Live OS will log when you sit and stand, come and go, all the while pushing information to a beautifully designed dashboard.

 The sensors included added capabilities on Herman Miller brand pieces, like instructing the sit-stand desk to rise or lower at certain intervals throughout the workday.

The intended goal of Herman Miller is to help rid employees of their sedentary habits and also to give companies data on how their employees interact with the furniture. A big size table is no longer suitable to some employees as it confines them within that particular area where the table is situated.

Employees want collaborative, shared workspaces. But before you can design an office optimized for the future, you have to understand what employees need and how that space will be used. “We heard very clearly that it’s tough to know what the right formula is for creating an effective space,” says Ryan Anderson, the Director of Commercialization for Live OS. “There are very few ways of measuring."

Live OS uses tracking data to fill in those gaps, creating a holistic picture of how employees move throughout the space.
When employees first start using Live OS, they’ll be prompted to set goals around how often they’d like to sit or stand. Then, using data gathered from the sensors, the desk will track employees' movement and use that information to send a light haptic buzz and soft blinking light when it’s time to change positions.

The desk will notify employees three times before asking if they’d like to ignore the suggestions for the day. “We’re shooting for being subtle but useful,” Anderson says. “It’s at the service of the person rather than demanding compliance.”

Anderson further said that while companies can track how individual desks are used, the data will scrub names and identifiers. The point isn’t to follow individual employees, but to get a better understanding of big trends in the office. For the privilege, Herman Miller will charge $60 annually per sit-stand desk and $36 per fixed height desk.

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In January, Herman Miller will introduce a connected version of the Aeron chair, which will offer more fine-grained data on posture and ergonomics. If you perch on the tip of your chair, for example, Live OS will take note and, after a while, might send you an email offering tips to readjust your posture.

Eventually, Herman Miller plans to roll out an entire line of connected furniture with the goal of creating an office that can anticipate your needs before you do. To make that happen, it's going to need as much data as possible.

Anderson says the furniture company will still keep doing what it does best—working with woods, plastics, and glass to craft beautiful objects—but with something else added to the mix. The new material, he says, is data.

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