HAWC Eye-desk

For the bachelor course Design of Persuasive Health Technology I worked together with Health Psychology students in a project in which we tried to find a solution for office workers with unhealthy sitting behavior. Because people that work in an office are sitting all day, it is bad for their health with consequences such as gain in weight. We designed a concept of a smart desk and chair with implemented persuasive elements. The requirements were based on interviews with the selected target group and the Persuasive System Design (PSD) theory by Oinas-Kukkonen and Harjumaa (2009).

The system would measure the duration of sitting and the posture. If the user was not sitting straight, the system would notify the user. When the user was sitting too long, the desk would rise such that the user did not have any other choice than to stand up. This duration also depended on the posture of the user. We called it the HAWC Eye Desk. Since I was the only engineer in the group, I created the entire prototype. It was only for demonstration purposes. I also did all the design work and of course my part of the report.

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