Wearable Tech Belt Tells You Off For Bad Posture
Stop slouching and sit up straight! Hold your shoulders back! You damn slob! Far be it from me to tell you how to hold your posture, but these could be the words of the Bad Posture belt from creative technologist Ellen Sundh. Using an Arduino board, a bend sensor, a Wave Shield, and a push button, this belt can nag you just like your parents did, letting you know when you’re not holding the correct posture while slumped in your chair. You slouch.
The bend sensor is located at the back of the belt and it detects when your back is too arched and you’re not obeying the rules. The appropriate arch of the back is set with the push button, and when the back is not complying, the Wave Shield lets you know. Perhaps it should be a voice saying, “Young man/lady, for the last time sit up straight!” But instead it says, “Bad posture,” in a disappointed way.
Is this the future we’ve got to look forward to with wearable tech? Our own clothes telling us off? Tough times.