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Computers 2018, 7(1), 4;

NEAT-Lamp and Talking Tree: Beyond Personal Informatics towards Active Workplaces

Department of Informatics, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden
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Received: 31 October 2017 / Revised: 10 December 2017 / Accepted: 15 December 2017 / Published: 28 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Quantified Self and Personal Informatics)
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A growing number of personal informatics (PI) systems have been designed to break the habit of prolonged sitting and to encourage physical activity during workdays and leisure hours. Few studies, however, have investigated the nature of local movement and mobility in workspaces. Relatively little is known about how such movement patterns are shaped and in what ways micro-mobility in workplaces could be increased. By undertaking a concept-driven design approach, and on the basis of our ethnographic prestudy, we introduce a conceptual framework. In this conceptual framework, we indicate the five main agencies that shape local movement and mobility among office workers. On the basis of this empirical and conceptual work, two prototypes, the non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT)-Lamp and Talking Tree, have been designed, implemented and observed in an office environment. This paper describes this design project and articulates the role of discussions in socially established settings in work environments in order to increase daily movement. The paper concludes by highlighting not only technology, but also collective reflections to spark behavioral change in office environments as social settings. View Full-Text
Keywords: design; personal informatics; quantified self; workspace; ambient displays design; personal informatics; quantified self; workspace; ambient displays

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Moradi, F.; Wiberg, M. NEAT-Lamp and Talking Tree: Beyond Personal Informatics towards Active Workplaces. Computers 2018, 7, 4.

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