Smart office chair cushion tells you when to get up and stretch
Hebo Technology has developed a smart cushion for office chairs and armchairs that tracks a person’s vital signs and tells when to warm up..
Built-in sensors track your heart rate, respiration, general fatigue and posture. System the device uses this data to determine when a person takes too long sat in place and invites him to get up to walk or warm up a little.
However, during the prototype tests, there was some disagreement about the possibility of monitoring employees and using the collected information to improve labor efficiency..
For testing, the company donated the first samples of the new product to 10 employees. At the same time, data on their activity in the workplace came to the management. After colleagues in the HR department began to casually wonder about the reasons for their absence from the workplace at a certain time, some employees accused the company of espionage..
Despite the fact that management publicly reported that the HR manager violated the rules of confidentiality and received disciplinary punishment for this, the possibility of such observation drew a wave of criticism.. Although the rest of the test participants were satisfied, saying that others simply do not need to be lazy at work.
This is far from the first example of how a company can use advanced technology to improve work efficiency. Since last year, Chinese construction companies have begun to implement artificial intelligence systems to monitor security at the site and identify idlers..
text: Ivan Malichenko, photo: SCMP