LEIF Exchange: Projects

Markus Trapp

  • involved student Markus Trapp  →
  • type of project Student Exchange Project
  • period of time 2012/09–2013/01
  • exchange from University of Waterloo (Collaborative Systems Laboratory) to Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences (Media Interaction Lab)
  • supervisors

Using an Interactive Chair to Promote Activity in Office Environments

The increase in people working in office environments, and with this change there has been an increase in sedentary behaviour. By encouraging workers to move while seated can help prevent many of the negative effects of a sedentary work environment while not effecting work. By implementing a sensor into an office chair it can be possible to monitor rotating, tilting and bouncing of the chair user. The monitored data can then be used to provide positive feedback to the user. The data can also be used to perform computer functions such as going back/forward on a webpage by tilting the chair in a certain direction.

The goals of this project are:

  • Use tilting, rotating or bouncing of the office chair as inputs to control worskplace
  • Provide feedback to the user to encourage activity
  • Track user activity so they can view their progress