How to design Internet of Things to encourage office workers to take more regular micro-breaks

Huang, Yitong (2016) How to design Internet of Things to encourage office workers to take more regular micro-breaks. In: ECCE '16: The European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics, 5-8 Sep 2016, Nottingham, UK.

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Prolonged sitting at work has become a new health hazard for office workers. The current PhD is thus dedicated to exploring the potential of Internet of Things (IoT) for supporting healthier office work and break routines. An "enchanted object" approach that utilizes the "glanceability" and "gesturability" of everyday artefacts is proposed as a potential solution to tackle the challenge of user disturbance and scarcity of cognitive resources in this persuasion context. The vision is to eventually have a collection of digitally "enchanted" office objects that harness ubiquitous sensing and context-aware algorithms to subtly prompt different types of breaks at opportune moments throughout workdays, as a mechanism to break up prolonged sitting; in addition, behavioural data captured from embedded and wearable sensors will be visualized to facilitate self-reflection and habit development. An initial qualitative study is being conducted to unpack challenges and opportunities in reducing prolonged sitting in office work through the lens of both behaviour change and Human Computer Interaction, which has led to preliminary insights to share and discuss with the audience.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published in: Proceeding ECCE '16 Proceedings of the European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics, Article No. 32. New York : ACM, c2016. ISBN: 9781450342445. doi 10.1145/2970930.2970963
Keywords: Persuasive technology; work health and wellbeing; sedentary behaviours; Internet of Things; environmental persuasion
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
Depositing User: Huang, Yitong
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2017 11:56
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 18:13

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