Snap out of it

Illustration: Kevin Wong

Technology: can’t live without it, can’t quite live pain-free with it. In this modern age, this seems to be the norm.

Tuesday, 29 January, 2013, 4:23pm

App of the week: Now sit up straight and pay attention


According to Dr Jason Queiros, a chiropractor at Stamford Sports and Spine in Connecticut, you add 9kg on your back and spinal column for every 2.5cm your head tilts towards your monitor. 

8 Jan 2013 - 3:05pm

Want to live longer? Sit up straight and pay attention

Computer Ergonomics 99 US cents (for iPhone and iPad) Rating 8/10

27 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Eric Chan

Who is he? Hong Kong-raised Eric Chan founded ECCO Design ( in New York 10 years ago.

7 Feb 2010 - 12:00am


Do not stifle your relationships

Maintaining good relationships with friends, family, partners and even classmates can be difficult and annoying. What is the key to building good relationships? I think it's all about balance.

Care about your relationships more, but don't overdo it. Help the people you love more, but don't let them rely on you completely.

31 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Resident fights for disabled access

Wheelchair-bound man seeks equality

A wheelchair-bound man is trying to force the owners of a Kennedy Town residential block to provide an access ramp, claiming he is being discriminated against.

17 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Quality of life matters - across the office

LOOK UP AT any Hong Kong office building after 8pm and you are sure to see the lights still blazing on almost every floor. Inside, workers will be hunched over their computers, suffering sore backs, stiff necks and eye strain as they try to meet the deadline or simply get the day's work done.

9 Sep 2006 - 12:00am


The Machinery and Equipment Design awards, organised by the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong (CMA), aim to upgrade the design and production of machinery and equipment to boost the competitiveness of Hong Kong manufacturers. Entries are judged on their innovation, application of technology, functionality, ergonomics, cost performance, safety and environmental impact.

28 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

ESC sequences

Books into furniture

7 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Take a back seat

Who says a home office can't be as classy as the rest of the house? Office furniture manufacturer Steelcase (1/F, Tai Yip Building, 141 Thomson Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2866 9220) has joined forces with top-end handbag designer Coach and created a chair that is good for posture and image.

2 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Hazard alert for desk slobs

Feeling edgy? Got a neck ache or back pain? You could be suffering from irritable desk syndrome, writes David Watkins

12 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

PCs demand pound of flesh as they cut burden

Computers have helped make many office tasks easier, but at a physical cost to workers.

Monitor glare can lead to tired eyes while wrist pain or repetitive stress injury may result from hours spent typing on a PC keyboard.

Eliminating computers is not a viable answer, but changing the design of your equipment and workspace can prevent or ease the physical strain.

29 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Furniture gets plugged in at last

Computer technology is something that we normally associate with just about anything that runs on some form of electricity and has a CPU inside it. One does not usually think of furniture as being a part of the hi-tech industry.

The word we all avoid, of course, is ergonomics, another one of those constructions that people think they understand but in fact do not.

8 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Prevention always the best practice

Remember the good old days when all monitors were that funky-green monochrome and drawing a pie chart took an advanced knowledge of mathematics - not to mention computer manuals that were incomprehensible at best? Now monitors have millions of colours, rotatable 3-D graphics and manuals that you can pretty much understand, if you try.

26 May 1996 - 12:00am

CMA boosts machinery and equipment sector

HONG KONG'S machinery and equipment sector has established itself as a significant part of the territory's industry, with gross output increasing by more than 600 per cent during the decade between 1981 and 1991. Annual exports in recent years have reached $95 billion.

9 Jan 1995 - 12:00am