In an interview on "The Future of Work," Alan Hedge, director of the human factors and ergonomics laboratory at Cornell University, points out that this type of technology is just the start. "We are at the very beginning of a revolution in ‘active’ objects and products that have sensors built into them.”
Professor Hedge terms this interaction between people and design technology "everywhere ergonomics." While smart chairs and surfaces may not have made their way to all workplaces just yet, many people will already be using everywhere ergonomics at home. "It’s only a matter of time before the boom in wearable devices begins to have a transformative effect on the workplace. Think back to how the widespread adoption of smartphones kick-started the shift to mobile working promised by portable computers years earlier. I believe this boom could be bigger."
Convenience and ready access to information will be the impetus behind everywhere ergonomics in the workplace, with healthier working habits not far behind. For wearables, employee well-being is already a significant driver. A PwC report called ‘The Wearable Future’ released in 20141 revealed that more than 80 percent of consumers listed eating healthier, exercising smarter and accessing more convenient medical care as important benefits of wearable technology.