Reading on an e-reader is more comfortable than reading a print book, as you don’t need to make an extra effort to hold a heavy object and keep pages in place. But using an e-reader can be even more convenient and healthier than that.
Meet WingoCase, a first Kindle case focused on enhancing reading comfort by reducing hand, wrist, and forearm pain. The case was created by a team from Ambulant, a company led by Cole McGowan and Brian Schwab, in cooperation with designers, engineers, and ergonomic experts.
The benefits of this special case are listed in detail later in a post, but here’s the short description: the case reduces grip tension and correctly aligns your wrists while reading. Thanks to that you can enjoy reading for a much longer time.
Dr Anthony D. Andre from San Jose State University says:
The Wingo is a simple but elegant solution to the growing dilemma of how to hold tablet devices without undue effort, strain or fatigue, especially when using only one hand. Its “wings” virtually hold onto the user’s hand, negating the need for the user to pinch the device and carry the burden of the weight with the finger tips. I think that it represents a valuable ergonomic option for frequent users of such devices.
As you’ve seen in a video above, the prototype of WingoCase is designed for Kindle 4, but Ambulant plans to make versions for several models of e-readers and – what’s more important – also tablets. This can happen if we’ll all support the project on Kickstarter. It will be funded if at least $55,000 is pledged by June 13, 2013. It seems like a lot of time to go, but some $35,000 are still missing, so don’t hesitate and check out the details of WingoCase on Kickstarter.
For those who are not familiar with the Kickstarter. It’s a site that helps fund creative projects. Every project creator sets their project’s funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. Backers’ credit cards are charged only when the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal.
Benefits of using WingoCase
1. Significantly reduces grip tension.
2. Could potentially prevent Repetitive Stress Injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
3. A breeze to change pages – your thumb rests gently over the page forward button.
4. Ergonomically advanced contour and functionality molded for your fingers.
5. Option to use one wing for relaxed one-handed reading.
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