Canadian start-up Medical Wearable Solutions has developed special eyewear to prevent children from poor posture that can damage their spines while using devices such as smartphones.
EyeForcer is a lightweight pair of sensor-packed glasses that monitor the wearer's posture – warning them when they need to correct it, and shutting down their activity if they fail to straighten up. The device connects to an accompanying Android app via Bluetooth, and a warning pops up on-screen as soon as the inbuilt accelerometers detect the user slouching. After five warnings, the companion app closes whatever the wearer is watching or playing on their phone.
It aims to tackle so-called 'Gameboy Back' – a term coined by Dutch spinal surgeons who noticed the increasing prevalence of back and neck problems in children due to their use of technology. While the device is aimed at children aged three and up, similar devices could be useful for office workers and other screen users. The technology could also be embedded in other smartglasses, such as the tiredness-monitoring eyewear by Japanese brand, Jins.
The company says it's seeking to improve societal health problems by changing behaviours – focusing on prevention rather than cure. See our blog post IoFit: Smart Coaching Footwear for another example of a wearable tackling posture issues.
EyeForcer was unveiled during International CES 2016 – see our full coverage of the event for more wearable and technology launches. For a more in-depth look at the eyewear market and the brands capitalising on both wellness and style, see Elevating Eyewear: Exploiting the Optical Boom.