“MEME – Smart Glasses to Promote Healthy Habits for Knowledge Workers” by Kunze, Inoue, Masai, Uema, Tsai, et al. …

  • ©Kai Kunze, Kazutaka Inoue, Katsutoshi Masai, Yuji Uema, Sean Shao-An Tsai, Shoya Ishimaru, Katsuma Tanaka, Koichi Kise, and Masahiko Inami

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    MEME – Smart Glasses to Promote Healthy Habits for Knowledge Workers

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    As people use computing devices more and more -not only desktops and laptops but also smart phones and tablets- related health risks also increase. Two of the most common and severe issues related to computer work are (1) the computer vision syndrome (CVS), symptoms include eye fatigue, headaches, dry eyes, blurred vision and (2) a too steep head flexion angle often referred to as ”Text- Neck” leading to headaches and in extreme cases to spinal insures. According to medical research, users should blink often and in regular intervals (2-5 seconds) to prevent eye fatigue, dry eyes and ultimately the computer vision syndrome. To prevent ”Text Neck”, related work suggests that the user’s head should not have a flexion angle of larger than 60° for over a minute.

    We propose the use of our prototype smart glasses to monitor and prevent unhealthy working habits related to both issues. The glasses can detect eye movements and blinks both using a 3 point electrode setup as well as head motions using accelerometer and gyroscope. We also design interactions to prevent the knowledge worker from bad habits related to CVS and Text-Neck.

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    ISHIMARU, S., KUNZE, K., TANAKA, K., UEMA, Y., KISE, K., AND INAMI, M. 2015. Smart eyewear for interaction and activity recognition. In CHI Interacitity, ACM, 307–310.

    YAN, Z., HU, L., CHEN, H., AND LU, F. 2008. Computer vision syndrome: A widely spreading but largely unknown epidemic among computer users. Computers in Human Behavior 24, 5, 2026–2042.


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