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ExerSeat - Sensor-Supported Exercise System for Ergonomic Microbreaks

Braun, Andreas and Schembri, Ingrid and Frank, Sebastian (2015):
ExerSeat - Sensor-Supported Exercise System for Ergonomic Microbreaks.
Springer, In: Ambient Intelligence, 12th European Conference, AmI 2015, In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS); 9425, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-26005-1₁₆,
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Abstract

The percentage of older adult workers in Europe has been increasing in the last decades. They are an important part of the work force, highly experienced and often hard to replace. However, their productivity can be affected by health problems, such as lower back pain. This increases the cost for employers and reduces the quality of life of the office workers. Knowledge workers that spend a large part of their day in front of a screen are particularly affected by pack pain. Regular exercise can help to mitigate some of these issues. This training can be performed in microbreaks that are taken at regular intervals during the work day. In this work we present ExerSeat, a combination of a smart sensing chair that uses eight capacitive proximity sensors to precisely track the posture of persons on or near an office chair. It is augmented by a desktop training software that is able to track exercises and training units during microbreaks, by analyzing frequency and form. We have performed a pilot over eight weeks with ten office workers. They performed training units at regular intervals during their work day. We report on the findings.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2015
Creators: Braun, Andreas and Schembri, Ingrid and Frank, Sebastian
Title: ExerSeat - Sensor-Supported Exercise System for Ergonomic Microbreaks
Language: English
Abstract:

The percentage of older adult workers in Europe has been increasing in the last decades. They are an important part of the work force, highly experienced and often hard to replace. However, their productivity can be affected by health problems, such as lower back pain. This increases the cost for employers and reduces the quality of life of the office workers. Knowledge workers that spend a large part of their day in front of a screen are particularly affected by pack pain. Regular exercise can help to mitigate some of these issues. This training can be performed in microbreaks that are taken at regular intervals during the work day. In this work we present ExerSeat, a combination of a smart sensing chair that uses eight capacitive proximity sensors to precisely track the posture of persons on or near an office chair. It is augmented by a desktop training software that is able to track exercises and training units during microbreaks, by analyzing frequency and form. We have performed a pilot over eight weeks with ten office workers. They performed training units at regular intervals during their work day. We report on the findings.

Series Name: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS); 9425
Publisher: Springer
Uncontrolled Keywords: Business Field: Digital society, Research Area: Human computer interaction (HCI), Smart environments, Capacitive sensors, Posture recognition, Ergonomics, Machine learning, Evaluation
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > Interactive Graphics Systems
Event Title: Ambient Intelligence, 12th European Conference, AmI 2015
Date Deposited: 08 May 2019 08:01
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-26005-1₁₆
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