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Brief Published: 20 Jun 2017

Live OS: Connected Office Furniture for the Future Workspace

Live OS

Live OS, a smart furniture system developed by global manufacturer Herman Miller, creates healthier workspaces by collecting real-time data, and making adjustments and recommendations based on employees’ needs.

‘Live desks’ are equipped with sensors, which are continuously connected to the cloud using a secure cellular network. The sensors collect anonymised data about which spaces are used the most. Accessed via a web-based dashboard, office managers can use these insights to help inform decisions about office use and design. 

A separate sit-to-stand version also keeps tabs on how often employees switch between standing and sitting. Workers can set personal activity goals on an accompanying smartphone app, and monitor their progress over time. To help them meet their goals, the desk control lights up and vibrates to prompt users into movement. The desk also remembers the user’s preferred posture: workers simply tap the desk control, and it adjusts to their chosen position.

“With the data insights captured through Live OS, organisations can better measure and manage workplace strategy,” said Ryan Anderson, director of commercialisation for Live OS. “Our initial testing indicates that employees using Live sit-to-stand desks have become more active, transitioning between sitting and standing six times as often as previously recorded.”

Sensors cost $100 each, while the corresponding software subscription runs at $36 a year per Live desk, and $60 a year for sit-to-stand desks with Live OS sensors. The system is currently available in North America.

For more on evolving workplace design see our coverage of NeoCon 2017, publishing Friday.