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Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) are a host of debilitating conditions affecting the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, caused largely by repetitive tasks or maintaining awkward body positions for extended periods. Knowledge workers are prone to such injuries due to prolonged sitting and the physical nature of their work tasks (e.g. repetitive typing). However, RSI can be prevented through strengthening exercises and good posture [1]. The main goals of the Limber project are to produce wearable, sensor-enabled enclosures that monitor body parts susceptible to RSI in knowledge workers, and feed this data into a game-like experience residing on work computers, to incentivize regular bodily activity and proper posture. An emphasis was also placed on the DIY nature of the design, employing simple construction with off-the shelf materials and components together with open-source code, so that the system could be reproduced and tailored by an individual, thereby ‘helping himself or herself’.

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