Publicspace.net has released version 2.6 of MacBreakZ.
MacBreakZ monitors keyboard and mouse activity, and helps prevent computer-related injuries.
The latest release introduces a new "microbreaks" feature. These short breaks, lasting just a few seconds, have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of developing repetitive strain injuries (RSI) linked to mouse and keyboard use.
MacBreakZ also helps RSI sufferers recover from the problem. It suggests appropriate times to take breaks – current UK health and safety legislation recommends computer users leave their machine for ten minutes in every hour – and provides a range of stretching exercises to relieve muscular tension.
More information about the program is available from publicspace, where full background information about the nature and effects of RSI is also available.
The program is shareware, a single-user license costs $24.95.