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New Gadget Tells You When To Take a Break

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the step-away-from-the-keyboard dept.

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Kilrah_il writes "An Israeli company developed a gadget that measures your blood pressure and tells you when you are stressed and need to take a break from your computer. 'The user grasps two sensors shaped like computer mouses to measure the electric activity of the heart in minute detail. Software then combines the measurements with prerecorded personal details such as age and sex to calculate various indicators for stress and mood.' Looks like a must-have accessory for Slashdotters everywhere."

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Mouses? (0)

Scutter (18425) | more than 4 years ago | (#32457588)

Editor needs to take a break.

Re:Mouses? (2, Informative)

raving griff (1157645) | more than 4 years ago | (#32457636)

Actually, apparently he doesn't. [wikipedia.org]

Re:Mouses? (2, Funny)

Scutter (18425) | more than 4 years ago | (#32457720)

Actually, apparently he doesn't. [wikipedia.org]

Pffft! "Oxford English Dictionary", indeed!

I'm with the parent (1)

sean.peters (568334) | more than 4 years ago | (#32458170)

Regardless of what Wikipedia may say, using "mouses" instead of "mice" is really jarring and weird.

Re:I'm with the parent (2, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 4 years ago | (#32458324)

True. The correct term is "meeces".

Re:I'm with the parent (2, Funny)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 4 years ago | (#32458636)

True. The correct term is "meeces".

Which I, personally, hate to pieces.

Re:I'm with the parent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32464460)

mouxen!

Re:Mouses? (1)

bcmm (768152) | more than 4 years ago | (#32457830)

Yeah, everybody knows that if it is more than one computer mouse being discussed, its "mices".

Must Have? (1)

tattood (855883) | more than 4 years ago | (#32458682)

Looks like a must-have accessory for Slashdotters everywhere

Since when does reading Slashdot cause stress?

Re:Must Have? (1)

Majik Sheff (930627) | more than 4 years ago | (#32458792)

When you forget to uncheck the politics category?

At last... (1)

Errol backfiring (1280012) | more than 4 years ago | (#32457626)

I'd forget my own IPhone next!

It would be a lot more valuable (4, Insightful)

edremy (36408) | more than 4 years ago | (#32457632)

if it told you when to work. I rarely have problems taking a break.

Re:It would be a lot more valuable (1)

war4peace (1628283) | more than 4 years ago | (#32458082)

...but then again, I'm on the other extreme. When I work, I'm all but relaxed, so this contraption would get me fired.
"But it wasn't me, the bloody machine doesn't let me work at all, always kicking me out!"

Re:It would be a lot more valuable (1)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 4 years ago | (#32458520)

Based on my stress levels and mood, the machine just told me to go to the bar for a while.

Re:It would be a lot more valuable (1)

sorak (246725) | more than 4 years ago | (#32458870)

The problem seems to be that you have to grasp this item with both hands. So, if you're too busy to take a break, then who is going to tell you when it's time to see if it's time for a break?

Re:It would be a lot more valuable (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#32470986)

I'm sorry Dave. I'm afraid I can't let you continue your work. And I had the greatest enthusiasm for the mission.

What about productivity? (2, Insightful)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 4 years ago | (#32457662)

How do momentary stress and momentary productivity correlate in software developers?

That last thing I need is something beeping at me whenever I get in the zone.

If you care, you already take regular breaks (1)

amazeofdeath (1102843) | more than 4 years ago | (#32457696)

I don't see any requirement for an app to tell me when to take breaks. If I'd care, I'd read what's written on the keyboard, telling me to take regular breaks every two hours; I don't care, and I take breaks when I'm done with whatever was at hand.

sarcasm detector (1)

InsertWittyNameHere (1438813) | more than 4 years ago | (#32457772)

This will go great next to my sarcasm detector!

Re:sarcasm detector (1)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 4 years ago | (#32458146)

Yeah, I put mine right next to my Jump to Conclusions mat.

One of these has been around for a LONG time... (3, Funny)

TheLevelHeadedOne (700023) | more than 4 years ago | (#32457776)

...it's called A CLOCK!

Re:One of these has been around for a LONG time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32458090)

"prerecorded personal details such as [...] sex"... does this means if I am not getting any my blood pressure should be higher from frustration?

Re:One of these has been around for a LONG time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32458786)

If you're like any other geek, you take care of that on your own.

Re:One of these has been around for a LONG time... (1)

Ukab the Great (87152) | more than 4 years ago | (#32459638)

Eventually they should make their way from tge early adopters [pollsb.com] to the mainstream.

This usually... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32457802)

This usually happens when my head hits the keyboard, just like in the picture above!

New patent troll looming? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32457818)

For some reason, I can see the Co$ coming out of the woodwork, claiming a patent on this...

Probably not a good idea (1)

singingjim1 (1070652) | more than 4 years ago | (#32457904)

to use this when cybersexing.

How long before this tied to a drug pump that will (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 4 years ago | (#32457944)

How long before this tied to a drug pump that will hit with stuff to keep you working and perk you up?

EA may want something like that to keep there coders working all night!

E]4? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32457976)

eff0rt to address GNAA (GAY NiGGER sure that by the

So.. (1)

malkavian (9512) | more than 4 years ago | (#32458004)

An aspect of my job is disaster recovery (IT).. Does this mean that as soon as something breaks, I can say it's time for my break (as I'm pretty sure the machine will register me as highly stressed)?

The gadget is quite old actually (1)

stokessd (89903) | more than 4 years ago | (#32458048)

At least my model is getting old...

It's called a bladder: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urinary_bladder

It's pretty good about letting me know to take a break and deal with something else.

Sheldon

Soon in an office near you.... (1)

muckracer (1204794) | more than 4 years ago | (#32458106)

"Mr. Smith...our records indicate you've been taking breaks despite your BioDynamic Signature not indicating a specific need for such. Our Productivity Fingerprint computer has analyzed your Bio-Data and determined, that in our competitive environment we can not afford unproductive people like yourself. We wish you the best of luck in your next place of employment. Please remember to smile brightly on your way out as otherwise the door-face-scanners will not allow you to depart the premises. Goodbye, Mr. Smith!"

gym machine heart rate diastolic through resist? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32458512)

what does this have that the gym machine heart rate monitors dont have?? apart from pulse .. is it going to actually measure blood pressure / systolic and diastolic through resistivity?

Will EA games start useing this to find the people (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 4 years ago | (#32458582)

Will EA games start using this to find the people who can go the longest before setting this off?

Alternative... (1)

imakemusic (1164993) | more than 4 years ago | (#32458958)

I had something like this - it was a piece of paper that just said "now" on it. Unfortunately, for some reason I found I wasn't getting much work done so I have had to update it.

Now it just says "soon".

Been there, done that. (1)

Eevee (535658) | more than 4 years ago | (#32459014)

On my corporate workstation, there's a small app called ErgoSuite running in the background to monitor activity. If you've been typing or mousing constantly for a while, it will notify you to take a break and suggest exercises. Since most of my work is done on my development workstation, I can't really evaluate how effective (or annoying) it ends up being during the workday.

Workrave (1)

frankie_guasch (164676) | more than 4 years ago | (#32459038)

apt-get install workrave [workrave.org]

Re:Workrave (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32462590)

I use Arch, you insensitive clod!

Not going to work (1)

1s44c (552956) | more than 4 years ago | (#32459068)

Let me get this right.. I'm sitting at my desk trying to do 3 things at once all to a deadline, my phone keeps ringing, and I also have a backlog of emails I really need to answer right now. And you expect me to drop all that and use some weird gadget that will most likely tell me to take a walk. Sorry, but that gadget it getting 'accidentally' broken very soon.

An Isreali company, huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32459110)

How does it alert you that you need to take a break? By shooting you three times in the face and once in the chest?

Re:An Isreali company, huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32459964)

this is funny and troll all at the same time.

Path to Profit! (1)

Rogue974 (657982) | more than 4 years ago | (#32459142)

Step 1: Convince company that these are vital to increased work productivity and they become the new standard and you take a break when it says you do Step 2: Hack the software so it will increase the frequency with which you are told to take a break Step 3: Sell the hack to your co-workers Step 4: Profit These sound like the best devices ever. I am off to the safety department to let them know of the need for these!

The Lord might object... (1)

Hylandr (813770) | more than 4 years ago | (#32459194)

I wonder what the infamous Lord Xenu might think of this new device...

- Dan.

I for one welcome our...ah screw it. (1)

masterwit (1800118) | more than 4 years ago | (#32460878)

This device should be called a robot that is serving the function of "overlord" ability processing. You see, as a human we are very creative, but at times easily distracted by LOLCAT's and other things that seem to make up what the computers dub "our internetz"; therefore this new ability processing feature should drastically improve our creativity throughput by scheduling when we have lapses in concentration. Just think of the reliability!

Personally I'll just get the device, hack it, and use it as an excuse to take a break whenever I deem necessary.

Re:I for one welcome our...ah screw it. (1)

Renraku (518261) | more than 4 years ago | (#32462500)

It wouldn't be a bad idea really. I'm sure with enough studies we can see how often the average person must be 'distracted' before productivity takes a nosedive.

Re:I for one welcome our...ah screw it. (1)

Renraku (518261) | more than 4 years ago | (#32462742)

I take that back, it would be a terrible idea. Employers would mess with the devices until they said 'work' all the time and then fire people they caught doing anything else. Employers today think they know better than doctors and psychologists anyway..and that everyone should be 100% capable of working for 8 hours straight without going to the bathroom or spending a single second stretching or blinking.

Re:I for one welcome our...ah screw it. (1)

masterwit (1800118) | more than 4 years ago | (#32464256)

Satire.

jg005 (1)

jg005 (1824768) | more than 4 years ago | (#32462756)

you know what they say if it doesnt come out of israel its not worth using!
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