Poor posture is all too common in a world where we now sit (and slouch) for hours on end. Over time it can lead to back pain, which affects around 80% of the world’s population. Usually poor posture goes unnoticed until our back starts aching, however UpRight looks to put an end to this.
UpRight is a discreet wearable device designed to improve posture and prevent back pain. Once the wearer attaches it to their lower back UpRight monitors their posture and trains them to stand and sit upright by vibrating to alert them to correct their posture. This helps to strengthen the back muscles and prevent slouching in a matter of weeks.
Although we might not realise it, body language is a major part of communication and good posture can help to improve body language as well as reducing back pain. UpRight helps to improve appearance, changing the way others perceive us as well as making us feel and look more confident.
The UpRight device uses sensors and algorhythms to collect user data. It connects via bluetooth to an app which also provides a special training program to improve posture, starting with using UpRight for just 15 minutes per day. The only issue here is that the device is attached with a hypoallergenic adhesive and wearers may find themselves losing the device if the adhesive wears off.
Whilst it has a clear competitor of the LumoBack and LumoLift (which also tracks activity) UpRight states that it provides more accurate, real time feedback. UpRight could certainly help many people to improve their posture and reduce back pain. It has already exceeded its crowdfunding campaign and hopes to ship early next year. But for now, why not take a more conscious approach to your posture?
Adie Blanchard – Researcher