Standout Product Keeps Employees from Sitting Too Much

Display portlet menu

Standout Product Keeps Employees from Sitting Too Much

Display portlet menu

Standout Product Keeps Employees from Sitting Too Much

man standing and stretching while looking at his tablet on the desk

You’ve probably heard in the news lately how unhealthy sitting can be. According to WebMD, sitting for long hours has been linked to mental health problems, obesity, death from heart disease and cancer, and other conditions. Frequent standing, on the other hand, has been shown to reduce fatigue, minimize injury, and improve long-term health—all benefits for the average American employee who spends about 95% of the workday sitting down. As I write this post, I’m thinking I should get up and walk around!

The most interesting thing about all the research is that even people who exercise may not be immune to the adverse affects of sitting. WebMD declares that experts “say we may need to think about sitting and exercise as two separate behaviors, each contributing on its own to our health. So while that 1-hour jog is great for you, it may not undo the 8 hours sitting at your desk.”

Office furniture designer Humanscale has found a niche market in adjustable desks that allow employees to easily shift from sitting to standing. And now the company has added a software component to its furniture. In partnership with Tome, Inc., the company has developed a product called OfficeIQ.

The goal of the connected device, a weight-sensitive caster that can be affixed to any standard office chair, is to help employees balance standing and sitting for better health. Not only does the device alert you when you’ve been sitting too much, it aggregates data that companies can use to gauge the general health of their employees and gamify wellness programs for opt-in users.

Fox 5 New York quotes Humanscale founder and CEO Robert King as saying, “OfficeIQ … can generate cost savings and help employers see real returns on their investments in developing healthier and happier places to work.”

The partnership has been one of several recent successes for Tome, whose tagline is “Innovation for the Internet of Things”. The 2014 startup became profitable in less than a year, according to Crain’s Detroit Business Tome CEO Jake Sigal and his co-founder, company President Massimo Baldini, started Tome after selling Livio Radio (a company Sigal started with a $10,000 loan from his parents) to Ford Motor Co. for nearly $10 million in 2013.

Standout Product Keeps Employees from Sitting Too Much

Display portlet menu

Standout Product Keeps Employees from Sitting Too Much

Display portlet menu
Related Articles
Business people around a table in a meeting about IoT security
Customization comes with a competitive edge—and security challenge
By Guillaume Crinon   -   September 6, 2018
Whether you have an in-house team or are exporting the building of infrastructure to a trusted partner, make sure the team is asking the right questions when it comes to implementing and deploying IoT solutions.
lab tech in cleanroom gear holding up micrchip
Zynq SoMs Decrease Customer Development Times and Costs
November 11, 2019
Xilinx’s Zynq®-7000 All Programmable (AP) System-on-Chip (SoC) provides a new paradigm for embedded system design ...
business man standing on small rowboat in the ocean
What To Do With All That Data
October 29, 2019
Just as important as the hardware and the data it collects in an Intelligent System are the tools we need to process and analyze information. Otherwise, an Intelligent System does nothing to serve our purposes.
yellow map with orange navigation icon
Setting a Course For A Golf Course With Bing Maps
October 29, 2019
With more than 25 million regular players worldwide, there’s no doubt that golf is one of the most popular past times on the planet. And it’s a sport that’s growing every year.
hand holding the Breeze breathalyzer and with results on iphone
Shark Tank Big Winner Saves Lives
October 29, 2019
Smart mobility changed everything, but it was advancements in wireless connectivity such as Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® Smart that truly freed...
Graphic depicting the world globe with a transparent computer screenshot of the world map overlaid to the right of it
Fueling Up On Smart Maps – Mapping Technology In Oil And Gas
March 22, 2019
It’s a political hot topic, a major export and even the reason wars have been fought. It touches almost every aspect of our lives.
man in red flannel shirt at workstation
In their words: Benefits of the world’s biggest engineering community
September 5, 2018
In the summer of 2018, Avnet celebrated a major milestone: 1 million community members across Hackster.io and element14. As a project-based site, Hackster enables anyone to jump feet first into hardware through knowledge sharing, as well as contests
Three people sitting around a coffee table playing a game with Spatial Gaming
Hardware Studio Helped Spatial Gaming Get Funding
August 15, 2018
If gaming 1.0 is analog board games and gaming 2.0 is video games, then Spatial Gaming is solidly 3.0—merging face-to-face interaction with high quality graphics using augmented reality.
Alex Glow
From hacker spaces to Hackster.io: Alex Glow owes her career in hardware to communities
July 17, 2018
Exposure to engineering as a kid helped Alex Glow fall in love with hardware. But it was communities that gave her confidence to turn her hobby into a career.
Kitty Yeung, maker, kittyyeung.com
Model behavior with microcontrollers: Kitty Yeung’s intersectional engineering spans art, science
July 6, 2018
“Current established industries don't often leverage people's multiple talents and passions. But the forthcoming generations of the workforce are getting more interdisciplinary and they need opportunities to develop and grow.”
Young woman wearing safety gear standing in tunnel
Element14 allows Sneha Nidhi to continue a lifetime of learning
June 22, 2018
Sneha Nidhi always comes from a community of engineers. Her first was her family.
Young man standing in front of monitors
How one engineer found both confidence and community in element14
June 22, 2018
Tracking Santa Claus changed the track of Frederick Vandenbosch’s life.
senior couple having tea with green IoT icons overlay
Worried about your elderly parent living alone at home?
September 10, 2017
New technologies can help the elderly to continue leading independent lives. Sensor-based systems using complex analytical methods are able to detect emergencies and call for help when necessary.
2D image of blue and orange city buildings with hovering IoT icons
Looking to develop NB-IoT technology?
August 28, 2017
Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) is a technology standard developed by 3GPP to work in licensed bands. It holds a key position in the evolution of cellular mobile communication technologies (between LTE and 5G), and has therefore been gaining followers among
conceptual image of tablet with connected IoT icons on top
The Spring for the Industrial Internet of Things
August 28, 2017
If we combine traditional industries (including manufacture, exploitation of natural resources, construction, public utilities, etc.) with the transportation and health service sectors, about 46 percent of the global economy, or US$32.3 trillion in g
man pointing to bing map on smart phone
Redefining HMI in the intelligent age
August 28, 2017
Looking at how common smart technologies have become, it is hard to imagine that they have only came into existence in recent times. Impressive as it may seem, what we are witnessing is only the tip of the iceberg. Technology giants around the world
IoT concept icons over building
Red Hat and Eurotech Partnership: Paving Way for End-to-End Architecture for IoT
April 26, 2017
Red Hat Inc., in its March 2016 press release, announced its collaboration with Eurotech, a leading M2M and IoT solution provider based out of Italy.
snowboarder in yelow jacket and blue pants sits on snow overlooking the mountains
Monitoring Impact Levels in Sports
April 20, 2017
Concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), is a very serious topic in the world of sports today.
timelapse image of sunset with vehicle lights
Mobile Asset Tracking With Bing Maps: Keeping Your Fleet Fleet
April 4, 2017
You can have a fleet of things, like vehicles. Or you can be fleet, as in fast. OR, in the case of transportation logistics, it could mean both.
dollar bill folded into an arrwo and placed upon a world map
Maps For Your Business: It's More Than You Think
April 2, 2017
If you run a business, then you want to be found. It seems like a no-brainer right? Customers have to be able to find your store to be able to make a purchase. So you put your address and a map of your locations on your website.
pills in the shape of a map
Mapping For Senior Care: The Potential of Bing Maps In A Growing Industry
April 1, 2017
It’s hard to admit it, but we’re all getting old. With the huge population of Baby Boomers all entering their senior years, the number of senior Americans is higher than it’s ever been.
A billboard with the graphic of a cloud connected city on it
Not Your Father’s Billboards – Bing Maps Brings The Out-Of-Home Industry Into the Digital Age
March 31, 2017
When you hear the words “Outdoor Advertising” you might think of dusty highway billboards and smiling realtors on bus stop benches. 20 years ago, that was probably pretty close to accurate. Today, it’s a different story.
Graphic of a person using IoT for several applications
Going Up? Elevators, Windows 10 And The Internet Of Things
March 30, 2017
People are excited about the Internet of Things for a variety of reasons. It’s already made us more connected. And as more and more things are connected, a number of industries are poised to become faster, more efficient and more reliable.
2D image of a brown cat holding a Microsoft flag and riding a flame breathing white horse
One Windows to Rule Them All
March 20, 2017
Unless you’ve been on an extended vacation on a remote tropical island you know Windows 10 was released on July 29. And the hype is huge.
Woman clicking on a map on a large touch screen
Bing maps V8 control brings exciting upgrades for developers
March 2, 2017
For developers, being able to pack more features into apps is definitely a plus. And that’s exactly what Microsoft is trying to help you with.
5 kids looking at a laptop
Bing Maps Is Bringing The World To The Classroom
March 2, 2017
You’ve heard about Bing Maps for business, right? Companies in a wide variety of industries are using Bing Maps to drive sales, increase efficiency and save money.

Standout Product Keeps Employees from Sitting Too Much

Display portlet menu
Related Events

No related Events found