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87 EyerCise (commercial software)




Description

This article is from the Ergonomics and Typing Injury FAQ, by Dan Wallach dwallach@cs.princeton.edu with numerous contributions by others.

87 EyerCise (commercial software)

Available from
RAN Enterprises
One Woodland Park Dr.
Haverhill, MA 01830, US
Phone
800-451-4487 or 508-521-4487
Platforms
Windows (3.0/3.1), OS/2 PM (1.3/2.0) [Not DOS]
Cost
$69.95 including shipping and handling, quantity discounts for
resellers. Free demo ($5 outside US).

Aimed at preventing RSI and eye strain, this program warns you to take
breaks after a configurable interval (or at fixed times). Optionally
displays descriptions and pictures of exercises - pictures are animated
and program beeps you to help you do exercises at the correct rate.
Includes 19 stretches and 4 visual training exercises, can configure which
are included and how many repetitions you do - breaks last from 3 to 7
minutes. Also includes online help on workplace ergonomics.

Quote from their literature
EyerCise is a Windows program that breaks up your day with periodic
sets of stretches and visual training exercises. The stretches work
all parts of your body, relieving tension and helping to prevent
Repetitive Strain Injury. The visual training exercises will improve
your peripheral vision and help to relieve eye strain. Together these
help you to become more relaxed and productive.

"The package includes the book Computers & Visual Stress by Edward C.
Godnig, O.D. and John S. Hacunda, which describes the ergonomic setup
for a computer workstation and provides procedures and exercises to
promote healthy and efficient computer use.

Comments
I have a copy of this, and it works as advertised: I would say it is
better for RSI prevention than RSI management, because it does not
allow breaks at periods less than 30 minutes. Also, it interrupts you
based on clock time rather than typing time, which is not so helpful
unless you use the keyboard all day. Worked OK on Windows 3.0 though
it did occasionally crash with a UAE - not sure why. Also refused to
work with the space bar on one PC, and has one window without window
controls. Very useable though, and does not require any sound
hardware.

 

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