Technologies such as smart phones and home computers have entirely changed the way humanity interacts and the work environment in which we live out our daily lives. But it is often with a fleeting chuckle or jokes do people concern themselves with the damage that poor posture and a sedentary lifestyle are causing. The very devices that we may used to ease our lives are becoming the things that harm us most.
Human physiology is a bustling metropolis of activity where it is important all components; muscles, organs, bones and nerves are working in unison in order for a person to efficiently function. One of the most components of this system is the spinal cord, an “information superhighway” (Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, The UT Medical School at Houston) extending from the brain to the base of our back. It not only supports our head and central nervous system but conduits information throughout the body. When a curve or slump is introduced to this network, the electrical signals responsible for bodily function can be ‘backed up’ resulting in pain and discomfort.
When we consider sitting in front of a computer or phone for an extended period of time, whilst our muscles and ligaments struggle to pull our spine straight creating points of extreme pressure this is often exacerbated by the use of multiple devices. Even not long ago this issue was isolated to a workstation and a small amount of computer users but as the uptake on mobile devices increases this problem now extends from the desk, to the couch, to public transport and even walking or spending time with friends. For every 2cm forward your head leans, you’re putting an extra 5kg of strain on the joins of your spine, over time this can cause permanent damage. (Nursing Times, 2009)
As this trend is expected to continue into the foreseeable future, our group scenario envisions a time when the population has reached such a point that damage from the effects of poor posture that it cannot be treated without design intervention. In a stationary location such as an automobile interior or visual workstation, ergonomics are often predisposed to a variety of external factors such as safety regulations and material choices, modern day layout designers and ergonomics engineers have been able to counter the negative effects of bad posture through clever innovations such as the kneeling chair (Vincent G. Duffy, 2008) but the space is often very well defined as as consumers are looking more and more to a mobile experience our brand ‘Revolver3015’ aims to outline to the consumer the measured benefits that improved posture and reduced strain can have on personal wellbeing by proposing a series of external, light weight and fashion conscious braces which by utilising laser acupuncture technology to apply pressure to predetermined points on the lumbar spine and neck region counter when it is detected a user is slouching or hunching. Not only is this item intended as a supportive back brace but also appeals to consumers as a fashionable item integrated with a line of stylish accessories. It is our vision to correct negative postural habits, allowing future generations to use technology, strain-free.
Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, The UT Medical School at Houston. (n.d.). Anatomy of the Spinal Cord. Anatomy of the Spinal Cord .
Nursing Times. (2009, March). Retrieved from Nursing times: http://www.nursingtimes.net/clinical-subjects/pain-management/back-pain/1984671.fullarticle#comments
Vincent G. Duffy, G. S. (2008). Handbook of Digital Human Modeling. CRC Press.