The life and times of the Technology Editor of Dental Products Report magazine and dentistry's "Technology Evangelist". Follow my thoughts and travels as I practice, write, lecture, tinker, and experiment with technology and technology in dentistry.
How cool is this? The Philips ErgoSensor 24 inch monitor has a CMOS (complimentary metal oxide semiconductor - for those of you scoring at home) that can help determine how close you are to the screen and also what your neck angle is while viewing.
Why is this important? Because many of us are looking at our monitors while slouching, twisting, or otherwise being unaware of a way we are sitting/viewing that is putting serious strain on our bodies. I happen to know for a fact that 60-70% of dentists that file for disability do so because of injury to the neck & spine. Now, I haven't seen the numbers for cubicle dwellers that spend lots of time in front of monitors, but I'd be willing to wager that they also tend to have a similar injury pattern.
And… when you combine the fact that dentists like me are in the "heavy duty" area of clinical treatment and then we move over to high monitor usage to review 3D scans, treatment plans, radiographs etc, you are just spelling out a recipe for disaster.
So, I like the idea of a monitor that will keep an eye on my posture an help keep me positioned properly so as to help prevent or slow down the incidence of injury.
Practicing General Dentistry, Technology Editor Dental Products Report, author, lecturer, consultant to high tech and clinical manufacturers, Past President Greater Kansas City Dental Society, Peer Review Chairman - State of Missouri, I love getting my hands on and trying to break the latest gear!