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Japanese Computer Mouse Monitors Stress

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  • 05
  • 2016

Stress levels are often high when trying to juggle work, family, social life, health, and fun, especially when you chuck in immense society pressures and high expectations.

Many Asians have had to deal with extreme competitiveness, long work or study hours, and an overwhelming pressure to succeed. In Japan, these factors often make it difficult for workers to come forward when they are experiencing high levels of stress because they believe people will portray them differently.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) found that 32.4 percent of Japanese workers were suffering from strong anxiety, worry, and stress within the workplace.

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Japan’s working culture is so severe that to take time off work and leave after the 8-hour workday is considered disloyal, and while most Japanese have access to 18 days of paid leave a year, the average days claimed for holiday are only 9 a year. In Japan, the term karoshi, death through overwork, is all too familiar.

A company in Tokyo has found a solution and devised a computer mouse which can help companies monitor stress levels in the workplace. It will be used to ensure help and advice is given to those experiencing high levels of stress.

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The computer mouse, is equipped with a “wearable near-infrared spectroscopic sensor” that is able to measure pulse and the degree of oxygen saturation. It will also come with an environmental sensor which measures temperature, humidity, and other related factors.

The main benefit of the computer mouse is that measurement occurs continuously, and the user’s stress levels are measured during the course of normal computer mouse use.

Alps Electric, the company in charge of the stress-checking computer mouse, plans to begin shipping samples around the beginning of 2017.

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