Dr. Vahid Sahiholnasab has created a pair of electronic glasses to help prevent children from developing bad posture when playing video games or on mobile devices like tablets and smartphones.
The glasses, called the EyeForcer, connect to an Android companion app. As soon as the child starts to slouch or hunch over, he or she receives a warning on their screen. If your child hunches over more than 5 times, the game or video being played or watched will automatically shut down. The device looks like a pair of glasses without lenses and can be used by children as young as age 3.
As explained on Dr. Sahiholnasab’s website, Medical Wearable Solutions, Game Boy Disease (also known as Game Boy Back and Tech Neck) is a newly defined condition that was named by Dutch spinal surgeons who noticed an increase in children ages 8 to 18 with back problems. It’s caused by the constant use of technical devices like video game systems, tablets, and smartphones. While it can affect adults, it’s dangerous for children because it can affect the development of their spine and cause further health problems like obesity, depression, spinal disc herniation, and high blood pressure down the road. Some of the symptoms of Game Boy Disease include poor posture, neck pain, back pain, headaches, and vision problems.
In a recent article published by CBC News, Dr. Sahiholnasab stated that integrating new devices like the EyeForcer into healthcare can be an uphill battle saying “it’s strange territory. You’re going to find a lot of resistance.” He and other inventors in British Columbia are developing other wearable technologies that can help people with health issues like Game Boy Disease, autism, and even sleep problems. Take a look at this article from CBC News to learn more about these new devices.
The EyeForcer isn’t available for purchase yet, but if you register on the Medical Wearable Solutions website you can be notified when they are. To learn more about the EyeForcer and Game Boy Disease, click here.
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Story source: CBC News