perFrames: Persuasive Picture Frames for Proper Posture

  • Christoph Obermair
  • Wolfgang Reitberger
  • Alexander Meschtscherjakov
  • Michael Lankes
  • Manfred Tscheligi
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5033)


Poor sitting habits and bad sitting posture are often the cause for musculoskeletal disorders like back pain. Also office employees are affected, because they carry out the majority of their work sitting in front of computers. Therefore we aim at sensitizing and motivating office employees regarding preventive healthcare. We have developed a persuasive interface in form of an interactive picture frame which integrates unobtrusively into the working environment – the perFrame. This frame contains a moving portrait of a person the employee loves or likes. It provides affective feedback in order to persuade employees for better sitting habits while working with a computer. We conducted a preliminary in-situ study, deploying these picture frames on the desktops of eight office employees. The results highlight the employees’ acceptance of our application as well as its potential to foster awareness and achieve persuasion regarding healthy behavior in the office.


Facial Expression Video Sequence Proper Posture Conversational Agent Picture Frame 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christoph Obermair
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Reitberger
    • 1
  • Alexander Meschtscherjakov
    • 1
  • Michael Lankes
    • 1
  • Manfred Tscheligi
    • 1
  1. 1.ICT&S CenterUniversity of SalzburgSalzburgAustria

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