While the increased use of computers today might be improving the way we communicate, conduct business, and work, it’s also taking a toll on our health and in particular, our vision. Even though discomfort and symptoms like dry, itchy eyes, blurred vision and headaches will diminish once a user is away from the screen for a bit, there are ways to help combat this problem before it even occurs.
Tips like controlling the lighting in the room to reduce glare and adjusting your seat and monitor so your vision is in line with the screen, can help. soundscience, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Antec Inc., has gone a step beyond this and is now offering the Halo 6 LED bias lighting kit - available via their online store for $12.95.
The company, which designs and creates audio- and video-enabled lifestyle products and accessories for the PC and home entertainment markets, says subtle white backlight – or “Bias lighting” can not only help reduce motion of the iris muscles, but also optimize picture quality, for users sitting in front of a computer screen.
I recently caught up with Frank Lee, director of Business Unit III, soundscience Audio, to find out a little more about the company and how the solution is helping users stay in front of the screen without sacrificing their vision.
Our exchange follows:
As the use of computers increases from work to play and for all age groups, how important/critical has it become to improve the problem of eye strain?
In order to remain productive, reducing eye strain is vital to maintaining peak performance. Whether it is work or play, eye strain can cause serious discomfort which eventually leads to fatigue. Eliminating this can help increase viewing endurance and allows users to perform comfortably for extended periods.
What happens when users are staring at computer screens for long periods of time that causes the strain to occur, and how is your solution able to deter that from happening?
When viewing images in a dark environment, there is significant variation in image brightness. This is the leading cause of eye fatigue. The changes in image brightness levels force significant movement of the iris. Prolonged periods of this movement affect the user's eyes. Just like how our muscles become fatigued, the iris will eventually be affected in the same way. Bias lighting reduces the movement by pre-dilating the iris, thus reducing movement.
Can you talk a little about Antec the company, the market you serve and some of the other solutions you offer?
After a quarter century of experience, Antec still continues to be the leading computer case and power supply manufacturer in the DIY industry. From System Integrators, to Gamers and Enthusiasts, Antec's product portfolio aims to provide the best solutions in these market segments. We constantly aim to follow our philosophy of provide Antec VIP to our customers: Value, Innovation and Perfection. Antec’s products also include front line power supplies, such as its premium Signature Series, powerful TruePower Quattro Series and EarthWatts, one of the most environmentally friendly power supplies available.
In addition, Antec offers a line of accessories comprising many original products, including its patented LED fans, KUHLER air & liquid CPU coolers and notebook cooling solutions. Can you talk a little about the technology behind your LED lighting kit and how it works?
Bias lighting fixtures have been in the market for quite some time. However, professional installment was very expensive and difficult to implement. With advancements in LED technology, Antec soundscience took the opportunity to carefully calibrate the LEDs and create a product that was both easy to install and affordable. This method of ambient lighting is recognized by many imaging organizations and supported by many imaging science professionals. The simplicity in the design has allowed Antec soundscience to bring a simple solution for enhancing image quality along with many health benefits. Simply remove the adhesive on the product, place it on the back of your monitor and use your exiting wall to refract the light.
What market do you cater to and is there a lot of competition in the space?
This product benefits a wide range of computer users. From graphic designers, to gamers and customers who use their computers as the main source of entertainment. The product also benefits anyone who has experienced eye fatigue due to prolonged viewing in low light settings.
Anything new in the works for Antec that you can share with us?
Antec and Antec soundscience are constantly working on new product offerings for customers. Without going into great detail, Antec will be introducing a few new enthusiast computer cases and PSUs within a few months. As for Antec soundscience, we will be offering a more complete line of products designed and aimed for the home theater environment.
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