Without a good posture, many of the daily tasks you perform during the course of the day can cause immediate or chronic health problems. Now, a new app, called the Posture.io hack, will keep office workers from slouching and will help them to improve their postures.
Posture.io hack has been developed by Joe Heenan. It combines a Texas Instruments Bluetooth Low Energy sensor (which costs $20-$30) attached to the back of an office chair with velcro, and an adhesive magnetic rubber strip that's stuck to the back of the wearer's belt. The TI sensor detects the distance and angle of the magnetic strip on the belt to determine if the wearer is sitting up straight or slouching. The application uses the data to keep a tab on the wearer's posture score throughout the day and encourages them to sit better or slouch less, without being too obtrusive.
AdvertisementA secondary component of Posture.io uses the Leap Motion gesture controller to direct the user to perform atypical hand exercises which are designed to relieve the damaging repetition of typing. It is capable of pushing reminder notifications to the Pebble smartwatch and also generating an Outlook calendar reminder for the user to perform micro exercises if a user's score looks bad enough.
Heenan said, "The goal should be to keep the posture score as close to 100 as possible. The idea struck me after I suffered some posture-related health troubles recently."