People who work at a desk, spend long hours driving, or perform repetitive motions that involve staying focused for long hours often experience neck pain. Computer users are especially susceptible – especially if the monitor placement requires the user to continually look up.
Veari is a start-up company makes designs for companies such as Panasonic or PO. The Veari team works long hours, using computers, Smart-phones and similar devices. They often noticed pain in their necks – so they decided to do something about it. They designed Fineck, a monitoring device that is worn around your neck, the first wearable of its type. A titanium steel monitoring device rests on the back of the wearer’s neck and a small pendant rests in the hollow of the throat. The device records the wearer’s movements.
Fineck can help wearer’s in several ways. It “learns” habitual movement patterns and can alert the wearer to problem posture or activities. In addition, it uses head movements to serve as a movement device for simple games. The games encourage healthy movement that can loosen up tight joints and encourage circulation. More than that, they are fun. In addition to the game, the program also models healthy mini-exercises to relieve neck pain.
Fineck is made of titanium – a material often used in fine jewelry. Titanium makes the Fineck durable, attractive, and minimizes the likelihood that the wearer will have an allergic reaction to the metal. It looks like an attractive necklace – and is sufficiently low-profile to be worn by women or men. It will be designed in three different sizes.
Currently, the device is compatible with iPhone 4 or later models, or for the iPad or iPad Mini. It is not yet available for Android devices. It is powered by a rechargeable Lithium polymer battery that will last up to seven days. It comes with a user manual and a USB cable.
Fineck is designed by an energetic team of specialists, including Mike Liu – an electronics and embedded systems engineer and Chiu Ching-Hua, a sport biomechanics doctor. The team designed the device in such a way that it is unobtrusive, but likely to be used – unlike treadmills or exercise bikes that tend to gather dust in the corner of a busy office.
If you are interested in owning one of these devices, you can pledge to make a contribution at the Fineck Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign created by River Liu. Although you can contribute less, you can secure your request for one starting at $69.00 for a basic unit. Added perks include a Golden Fineck, with a unique code. Contributors who pledge more than $5,000 will be invited to Beijing for a dinner with the designers.
As if attractive design that goes with you anywhere and encourages healthy activity isn’t enough, the Fineck app tracks a variety of health-related datum, such as balance, the number of times you used a particular motion, and the things that are most likely to cause pain. In short, it is a great way to take control of your personal health and your life.