EyeForcer wants to force your kids to sit up straight

Another glasses related post from CES via Engadget which makes a lot of sense!

Being 6ft 4ins and short sighted I have spent the majority of my life stooping: driving, football, cricket, PC, writing are all activities that result in the body bending forward. Result is a bad posture and a chronic back, neck and shoulder condition (although that is no small part is due to numerous sporting injuries along the way).

Todays youth I suspect don’t play as much sport but they spend more time hunched over their mobile devices than I ever spent on the sports fields and this apparently is resulting in something called “tech neck” as all of that time hunched over our devices, shoulders forward, has caused people to develop serious spinal issues.

Dr. Vahid Sahiholnasab is hoping to prevent a whole generation of tweens becoming incapable of looking upwards by developing EyeForcer, a wearable gadget that forces kids to maintain good posture. How can a gadget force good behavior in children? By threatening their play time if they don’t behave.

EyeForcer looks like a dummy version of Google Glass, with a Bluetooth radio, accelerometer and battery tucked inside. Connect it to the companion app for Android devices and it’ll begin detecting when the user begins to slouch. The first five times this happens, a small warning will pop up over the mobile app or video that they’re watching. If the issue persists, and the app has to tell you a sixth time, then whatever you’re doing will shut down and playtime is officially over. Canny children can’t simply balance the device on a shelf, either — since Sahiholnasab claims that the built-in algorithms can tell the difference between being worn and not.

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