If you pretty much live on a laptop or a phone (or both), then there's the good chance you do a fair bit of slouching or leaning forward to read the screen without realising it. That's not a good thing for your body and could lead to chronic back and neck problems in the future.
That's why the company behind Alex, a posture tracking wearable, believes it has a solution to stop your bad form now and in the long term.
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Weighing in at 25g, Alex looks a bit like a pair of neckband-style sports headphones, with the two squeezable and stretchable legs siting on the outside of the ear. Around the back where the sensor case lives, and gives Alex the smarts to accurately detect the position of the head and neck to identify bad posture. You should then feel a gentle vibrating alert to remind you to stop the slouching.
The Alex companion coaching app, which will be available for iOS and Android phones, will let you set time windows when you'd like posture to be good. You can also customise the frequency and intensity of alerts as well to give you a more purposeful nudge to sit up straight on more regular basis. You can store up to 4 weeks of posture data on the device with all of your posture progress stored in the cloud so you have a record of everything right from the start.
Battery life on the Alex should give you posture tracking for up to 7 days based on using it for 10 hours per day from a single charge. When the battery is done, it'll take 2 hours to get back up to 100% from flat.
Alex will be launching on Kickstarter next week, and it certainly won't be the first wearable that's tried to rid the world of bad posture. Lumo Lift, a small, elegant metal clasp you wear on your clothes is perhaps the most notable examples. We also recently covered Nadi and its posture-correcting smart clothing. If Alex manages to raise the cash, we'd be intrigued to give it a try.