[en] While working on a computer typically involves sitting for prolonged periods of time, sedentary work routines are associated with numerous health issues. To address this societal concern, existing solutions trigger physical activity as a break from work, rather than a part of it. In this research, we explore a vision for physically active ways of working, by transforming mundane digital tasks into physically active ones. As a research artifact and design exemplar, we present A2-I2, an innovative tangible system for sending emails. After loading their email onto a physical “letter” token, office workers must walk to a physical mailbox located in the office space. Understanding what design qualities influence the experience and acceptability of such systems is a necessary step toward the design of acceptably active interface interactions. We report on a preliminary user test with 8 participants. With this project, we aim to inspire future tangible and embodied systems addressing the timely issue of sedentary behavior at work.
Main work title :
Proceedings of the Seventeenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction TEI'23