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A swinging computer monitor to get your eye muscles exercise

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Jul 27, 2021
To prevent your eyes muscles from going lazy and thereby progressively worsening your eyesight I propose a computer monitor stand that utilizes a chain or a hinge from which the monitor swings freely.

This idea was inspired by Juran's eye gym idea. Always looking at a static monitor from the same sitting position does for our eyes (depth at least) what a sedentary lifestyle does for the rest of our muscles.

People spending a lot of time on the computer could periodically swing the monitor. That way their eyes get to work out while tracking/zooming on the details. Of course, it would be annoying if the monitor moved all the time, so it's up to each individual's preferences to determine how much workout their eyes need.

Optionally there could be a small motor added to the top of the swing. It would periodically get the monitor moving without asking for the user's permission. The rationale being - sometimes we are our own worst enemies and can't rely on discipline alone.

I'm building this and will update the header image when done.
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Replacing the chain with two hinges or a block bearings

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Jul 27, 2021
The chain might not be ideal because it allows the monitors to pivot away from view. Instead, I will use a thin rod, welded to a bearing. Something like this

To also get some horizontal motion there could be a 2nd elbow added with a hinge moving horizontally. On the image below, red dots represent hinges/bearings. The upper one moves from front to back, the bottom one moves from side to side.


Car parts could be used. I will try to find something like this but maybe one that looks more elegant:


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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 months ago
There's a simpler way.. Hanging all the monitors on 2 chains. That way they remain maximally flexible while not turning away from the viewer

Looking outside

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Spook Louw
Spook Louw Jul 27, 2021
I remember hearing, on a recent episode of the Joe Rogan podcast, that someone mentioned one of the best things you can do for your eyes is simply spending some time outdoors. It had something to do with only looking at objects nearby causing nearsightedness. I couldn't find the original episode, but Google is full of similar statements. This is one article explaining the need to look at things at a greater distance to prevent nearsightedness.

Perhaps a nice addition to this idea would be to have your desk facing a large window, allowing you to sporadically look into the distance for added benefit.

What about the neck!

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Nitish
Nitish Jul 27, 2021
This is a good idea for eyes, of course, or as it seems to be for now, but what about the neck? Being continuously in motion, the neck will not last too long with this idea. In some cases, using such monitors for a long time could lead to medical conditions related to muscles and bones. So there should be some optimization in this idea to maximize benefactions rather than mechanical sprain in ligaments :)
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic3 months ago
With multi-monitor desktops, the neck already works all the time when people slightly turn to look at different screens. I think the swinging motion won't add much to this. The depth perception can be stabilized with eyes alone. You don't have to swing it hard. Just slightly to get a comfortable motion going.

I'm considering using a rod on a hinge instead of a chain. That way I can prevent the monitors from pivoting out of view.
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Nitish
Nitish3 months ago
Darko Savic, sir, yes, I understand this. The motion would be slow. But still, it will add stress on the neck because it is almost impossible for us to get trained to move only eyes. And of course with such continuous motion, one can feel nauseous also. That is my concern otherwise it is a great idea to overcome no only the eyes problem but also the boredom and sleepiness while working on PCs.

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Spook Louw
Spook Louw Sep 02, 2021
Perhaps, in order to have less extreme movement and for aesthetic purposes, the monitor or laptop can be placed on something that resembles the turntable in a microwave or even a small conveyer belt, instead of doing full rotations though, it would only slightly move to the one side, then to the other.
Or a platform, that slightly raises and lowers at different angles.
This should provide enough movement for the eyes, while not straining the neck or requiring a large unsightly structure.

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