Since people are spending more hours in front of computer monitors each year, Philips has developed a new technology designed to encourage healthy behavior while staring at the screen.
Announced by Philips recently, the consumer electronics company has developed a new 24-inch computer monitor that’s designed to offer feedback related to ergonomics. Called the Ergosensor, the desktop LCD monitor uses a built-in CMOS sensor to measure user distance from the screen in addition to the angle of the user’s neck. When the user slouches, software developed by DigitalOptics Corporation will remind the user to sit up straight or move an appropriate distance away from the screen. In addition, the software also offers advice on the best times to take breaks from staring at the monitor and move away from the screen for a while to take a walk.
For users that prefer to slouch a bit after a long workday, the monitor’s base allows the user to adjust the height, tilt, swivel and rotation angle of the screen. The software can also be adjusted to lower the amount of warnings that appear when posture changes throughout the day.
Beyond the information on ergonomics, the Philips Ergosensor also has an interesting power-saving feature that employers may appreciate. When the user stands up and walks away from the monitor, the CMOS sensor detects this action and powers down. The opposite action occurs when the user returns to the desk and sits down.
Philips has also included a 0-watt power switch on the back of the monitor that cuts all power from the monitor in order to further reduce power consumption in the home or office. According to company officials, all Ergosensor models have been developed out of “a minimum of 65% post-consumer recycled plastics” and the monitor can be recycled when it’s time to replace the model. Philips hasn’t set a date when the Ergosensor will be available in the United States. However, it’s currently available in Europe and costs approximately $375 for the 24-inch model.