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Tangibly Reducing Sedentariness in Office Workers

Renfree, IM; Cox, A; (2016) Tangibly Reducing Sedentariness in Office Workers. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2016. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

It is claimed sedentariness is as much a threat to long- term health as smoking or unhealthy eating, and is not mitigated by bursts of physical activity. Desk bound office workers are particularly vulnerable to this risk, given the inherently sedentary nature of their roles. To tackle this problem in HCI, we have focused largely on smartphones apps whilst embracing a general trend towards automating data collection of behavior. We argue that placing technologies in the environment, leveraging ambient displays and Tangible User Interfaces (TUIs), can offer a more effective approach for tackling sedentary behaviors in an office environment. We include a brief design of a device we intend to use to evaluate these ideas.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Tangibly Reducing Sedentariness in Office Workers
Event: CHI '16 workshop: Tangibles 4 Health
Location: San Jose, CA, USA
Dates: 07 May 2016 - 12 May 2016
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://tangibles4health.files.wordpress.com/2016/...
Language: English
Keywords: Tangible User Interfaces, ambient feedback, behavior change, sedentary behavior, office workers
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1477628
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