Last week, while traveling around Washington DC, someone asked me how I could possibly read the screen on the mobile device I was using. It never really seemed that difficult, but apparently I (and many others) are doing quite a bit of damage to our eyes. At least that's what a new article is claiming, saying that the nation's obsession with reading things on mobile devices is generating new levels of eye strain, going beyond the typical eye strain found by people who are simply staring at a computer screen all day. To blame, of course, is the tiny text combined with the quality of the screens. Apparently, doctors are finding that people are coming in and asking for prescription glasses just for the sake of reading email on their Blackberry devices. This isn't the first time, of course, that mobile devices have been called out for creating potential health problems. We've already heard too many stories about texter's thumb, for instance. However, the "good" news is that companies are working on ways to deal with this, by making the text more readable -- though, it still seems like we're far away from a real shift in how people view content on a small screen. A few years ago at the DEMO conference, there was a great demo from the company F-Origin showing a system that used motion sensors to let you view content on a mobile device screen as if it were simply a lens on a full-sized screen. It looked like a really powerful solution, that could help address this issue, but it's not clear that it's gone anywhere since then.
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