Move freely around the office with your digital desktop in your pocket
Our challenge was to invite movement back into the office space. In a world where desk work is becoming more and more common, how can we encourage people to periodically get up and move?
- The market is saturated with devices that remind them to get up and move
- Despite wanting to move, people do not want to have to think about getting up
- Work is prioritized over occasional physical movement
We aimed to create a solution that was:
- A system-wide solution
- Made movement inherent in the work day
Uko is an office system that allows employees to take their digital workspace (ex. files, programs, open windows) from workstation to workstation according to their work needs. Imagine being able to finish off your photoshop file by moving from a desktop to a large display or continuing editing that report from your tablet to a group work space.
Uko incorporates movement into the day, gives employees flexibility in workstation and environment adjustments, and increases serendipitous interaction within the company.
An office-wide SYSTEM THAT FOSTERS A CULTURE OF MOVEMENT
Uko facilitates employee movement around the office by freeing them from a singular desk to being able to adjust their work environment according to the task they need to get done. Uko increases serendipitous face-to-face interaction, which leads to better work performance and improves the health of employees.
How it works
1. Check in
Employees sign in via fingerprint and take a tag to use for the day.
Each tag is equipped with a magnetic clip that allows employees to carry their tag whichever way is most convenient.
2. Claim a space
Employees can check into any workspace by placing their tag on a dock. Their environment will adjust to their latest settings, such as changing the desk height and loading a digital picture frame with your photo album.
The workspace will load up your latest saved digital workspace.
3. Move throughout the day
Throughout the workday, employees are free to move around to various workstations as best fits both their physical and mental work needs, whether they need a quiet space, a larger screen, or a space better suited for group work.
4. Check out
When an employee leaves the office, they just need to leave their tag back on the check station. The display will show the employee's activity for the day.