Step-by-Step is a social exergaming system designed to increase physical activities and social dynamics in the office work routine.
This design is developed by Lotte Hollander, Rylana van der Marel, Lieke Molenaar under the supervision of Xipei Ren, within the educational context of industrial design at TU/e.

One of our early studies found that the adoption of social support for improving physical activity can be influenced by the interpersonal distance between coworkers in the office environment.

To mitigate this negative effect, we came up with the new technology-facilitated office vitality mechanism, called Step-by-Step, which promotes the relay of fitness tasks among co-worker for improving office vitality.

Firstly, Step-by-Step is interfaced as a cubic desk widget that monitors sedentary duration and in turn to prompt a break with a fitness task with walking.

Secondly, during the break, the device tracks steps of the worker and provides feedback in real time to support accomplishing the fitness task.

Thirdly, after reaching the exersice goal, the device suggests the worker relay the device to another colleague, who is going to take over the fitness task.

For more information of the Step-by-Step project:

Ren, X., Yu, B., Lu, Y., and Brombacher, A. Exploring cooperative fitness tracking to encourage physical activity among office workers. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 2018. [ pdf ]

Ren, X., Hollander, L., Marel, R., Molenaar, L., and Lu, Y. Step-by-Step: Exploring a Social Exergame to Encourage Physical Activity and Social Dynamics among Office Workers. In Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM, 2019. [ pdf ]