In Brief

Herman Miller's Live OS tracks how office workers sit in the Aeron chair to help them adjust their routines for a healthier balance

Herman Miller launched Live OS, a cloud-connected app to gather furniture use data in 2017. It debuted on several of their sit-to-stand and fixed height desk models. For 2018, the service is extending to the popular Aeron chair.

Live OS is essentially an IoT feature that can track how a person interacts with a desk or chair. Once a person sets their comfort preferences for, say, the height of a desk, these can be seamlessly loaded to any other Live OS-equipped desk in an office. The system can also automatically adjust furniture to changes in a person’s posture. A sit-to-stand desk can raise automatically when a person stands up.

An accompanying app allows individuals to review their data and set activity goals, such as periodic position changes and seating breaks to stretch and relax muscles. The primary goal of Live OS is to improve user comfort and reduce health issues from prolonged sitting.

Companies can use the aggregated data, in which personal employee profiles remain anonymous, to optimize their office size and layout by seeing which desks are the most active. Herman Miller says it will also use the data to identify trends to guide the development of new products.

In an open office or coworking space, Live OS could eliminate fidgeting with adjustments every time a chair or desk change is made. However, all this data collecting and sharing comes with privacy issues and Herman Miller’s press release doesn’t mention anything about personal protections.

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Herman Miller launched Live OS, a cloud-connected app to gather furniture use data in 2017. It debuted on several of their sit-to-stand and fixed height desk models. For 2018, the service is extending to the popular Aeron chair.

Live OS is essentially an IoT feature that can track how a person interacts with a desk or chair. Once a person sets their comfort preferences for, say, the height of a desk, these can be seamlessly loaded to any other Live OS-equipped desk in an office. The system can also automatically adjust furniture to changes in a person’s posture. A sit-to-stand desk can raise automatically when a person stands up.