Sit up straight! Smartwatch that sounds an alarm every time you drop behind your desk is being developed by scientists to combat poor posture
- Engineers from the Research Center for Artificial Intelligence are building a prototype
- With sensors that are worn under clothing and in shoes, it would monitor the angular speed
- After processing it would give a warning if the posture was not upright enough
German scientists are developing a smart watch to correct a bad posture.
Engineers from the TU Kaiserslautern and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence are building a prototype of their vision that would warn wearers about lankiness.
With the help of sensors worn under clothing and in shoes, it would monitor the angular velocity, which is the speed of changing the angular position of a rotating body.
It would then process this data against movement parameters, such as how much the spine is moving and from what angle, and then issue a warning if the posture is not upright enough.
Engineers from the TU Kaiserslautern and the German research center for artificial intelligence are building a prototype of their vision that would warn wearers of lanky (supply)
HOW DOES IT WORK?
With sensors that are worn under clothing and in shoes, the angular speed would be monitored.
It would then process this against movement parameters, such as how much the spine moves, to what extent it moves and at what angle.
After this data was calculated, it would give a warning if the position was not sufficiently upright.
Ideally, the recipient would respond by sitting up straight.
Although it is still at an embryonic stage of development, a rudimentary model is expected to be presented next month at the IFA International Consumer Electronics Fair in Berlin.
The ambition is that the device would train people to a better aspect while they are working at their desk or watching TV.
Official part of the EU BIONIC project, which adapts & # 39; gamification strategies to the needs and wishes of older workers, ensuring optimum involvement in prevention and self-management of musculoskeletal health in every work / living environment & # 39 ;.
The German project, which is still not mentioned, will be co-developed by experts in Spain, the Netherlands and Greece.
If it is successful, it can benefit millions of people. Lower back pain is now the leading cause of disability in the UK, responsible for more than one in 10 of all serious health problems.
It costs the NHS £ 2.1 billion a year and costs the UK economy around £ 10 billion in lost working days and informal care.
Time will tell: smart watches already offer users a health focus, such as following their heart rate or registering the number of steps taken per day, but they lack posture control
Not that it is of course a completely new concept. News about the idea comes shortly after details of high-tech & # 39; smart & # 39; pajamas that would monitor heart rate and breathing.
The cotton nightwear is equipped with sensors that can detect the sleep quality of the wearer, but costs between £ 75 and £ 150 ($ 100 to $ 200).
Five self-powered sensors sewn into the shirt lining ensure continuous monitoring of breathing patterns and the amount of REM sleep the person receives.
The sensors are connected by wires made of wire thinly covered with silver, so that they are completely invisible to the wearer. Signals collected from the five patches are sent to a tiny printed circuit board that looks and works like a normal button.
The button has a built-in Bluetooth transmitter that wirelessly transmits the data to a computer for analysis.
Still at an early stage, scientists from the University of Massachusetts are working to ensure that the sensors are accurate for different body sizes.
& # 39; IPAD NECK & # 39; APPEARANCE
A pad neck occurs when users fall over a tablet while it rests in their laps without any back support, such as sitting on a couch or on the floor.
Professor Szu-Ping Lee, of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said: “The use of these electronic devices becomes part of our modern life.
& # 39; To reduce the risk of developing neck and shoulder problems in the long term, we need to think about the impact of technology such as tablet computers on human ergonomics and posture. & # 39;
To prevent the neck of the iPad, Professor Lee recommends the following:
- Sit in a chair with backrest
- Use an attitude reminder – these small, portable devices stick to the skin or cling to clothing and beep when the user is lanky
- Attach iPads to a keyboard and place them on a stand – this allows users to sit upright
- Exercise to strengthen neck and shoulder muscles
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