Let's face facts, more and more people are spending more and more time in front of their computers. Sitting there at your desk, staring at that screen, typing or gaming away on your computer for hours on end takes its toll on your body. However, Phillips has created a new computer monitor designed to help you be a little healthier while using your computer.
The company recently announced that they have developed a new 24" computer monitor specifically designed to offer feedback related to ergonomics. The device itself is known as the Ergosensor and is an LCD monitor that uses a built-in CMOS sensor to measure your distance from the screen as well as the angle of your neck. So if you slouch, the software developed by DigitalOptics Corporation will let you know to sit up properly or move to an appropriate distance from the monitor. If that's not enough for you, the software also gives advice on the best times to take a break from whatever you're doing.
If you prefer slouching on your home computer, especially after working all day in a stiff, boring job, then that's fine. The monitor's base allows you to adjust the height, tilt, swivel and rotation angle of the screen. In addition to that, the software can be adjusted to lower the amount of warnings that pop up whenever you change your posture. There is even a unique power-saving feature that all the bosses out there may take a liking to. Whenever you stand up and walk away from your monitor, the integrated CMOS sensor detects the movement and powers down. Then, whenever you return, it powers back on and resumes whatever you were working on.
A 0-watt power supply is also included from Phillips, located on the back of the monitor. This cuts any and all power to the monitor, further reducing power consumption wherever you use it. Officials from Phillips state that all Ergosensor models have been developed out of "a minimum of 65% post-consumer recycled plastics" and that the device itself can be recycled whenever you decide to upgrade. Unfortunately, Phillips has yet to announce an official release date for U.S. availability for the Ergosensor, though the device is currently available in Europe for around $375.
Source: Digital Trends - Phillips creates computer monitor that corrects posture, encourages breaks