As soon as users start to slouch, a warning message pops up on their screens telling them to sit up straight. If a child receives more than five warnings, his or her program shuts down.
The gadget, known as EyeForcer, has been developed by Medical Wearable Solutions – a company that develops wearable technology to solve healthcare problems. It looks like a pair of glasses and connects to tablets or smartphones using an Android app.
Children spend more time with digital media than with any other single influence, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, and doctors are noticing the effect on kids’ health.
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Dutch spinal surgeon, Dr. Piet van Loon, coined the term “Gameboy Disease” after noticing an increase in the number of children (aged eight to 18) with back problems.
Symptoms of Gameboy Disease include neck and back pain, headaches, vision problems, and mood issues. If left untreated, it can lead to obesity, depression and spinal disc herniation.
“Technology is part of education, entertainment, and daily life, so preventing this condition is not as simple as taking away or limiting time on devices,” said Dr. Vahid Sahiholnasab, one of Medical Wearable Solutions’ founders.
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“The EyeForcer is a way to allow children to continue to use tablets and smartphones for learning and entertainment without harming their health.”
Medical Wearable Solutions is hoping to raise 200,000 Canadian dollars to fund development and manufacture of the EyeForcer. Anyone who pledges $120 or more will receive an EyeForcer before it hits the market.
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