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following one link to the next to the next had me ending up at this new york times article: 32 innovations that will change tomorrow. there are some interesting items on the list, and some i sincerely hope never happen, but this one stood out for its instant annoyance factor:

If you slump down when you’re typing on an ErgoSensor monitor by Philips, it’ll suggest that you sit up straighter. To help office workers avoid achy backs and tired eyes, the device’s built-in camera follows the position of your pupils to determine how you are sitting. Are you too close? Is your neck tilted too much? Algorithms crunch the raw data from the sensor and tell you how to adjust your body to achieve ergonomic correctness. The monitor can also inform you that it’s time to stand up and take a break

me, i'm waiting for the ergosensor that can adjust my desk and the monitor to be more ergonomically sound, instead of just pestering ME to change according to a one-size-fits-all template, i accept that us adapting to machines is necessary as a temporary measure until we've figured out machinery that adjusts to us, but some people seem to not even be aware that this is a worthwhile goal.

when it comes to computers and software in that regard, bret victor has some excellent ideas, and i hope i'll live to see them be implemented. this (long; set aside an hour) video was my introduction to some of his ideas.

on 2012-06-03 06:52 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] sara
How does the ErgoSensor respond when you flip it off?

on 2012-06-03 09:46 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] azurelunatic
My workplace's ergonomist introduced me to WorkRave, which basically reminds me to move if I've been working uninterrupted for too long. I have it on a fairly intrusive setting that prevents me from typing on the breaks, but I can override it if I choose to.

I have an actually split keyboard at work, which is kind of amazing. I want the cord to be longer, or it to be wireless, and two little pads that sort of float and I can place anywhere my fingers want to be...

I think my actual ideal work position would be a face-down "swimming" sort of position, sort of like you get on a massage chair.

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