When you are sat over your desk working away for hours at a time are you ever aware of your posture? Well now I’ve drawn your attention to your desk-time posture, you are likely to be conscious that you are slouching and are now guiltily sitting up straight, right?
According to a registered osteopath talking to Serious Law LLP, people who slouch at their desk could be putting themselves at risk of a spinal injury. With as many as 8 in 10 people in the UK having bouts of back pain, putting strain on their physical and mental wellbeing, not to mention the NHS’s budget, I was surprised when writing a feature on gadgets to stop slouching, that I could only find a measly three – two gadgets and one app – in existence. Nonetheless they do exist and to help lessen your chances of joining the millions of back pain sufferers in the UK, if you do slouch at your desk then it may be a wise precaution to take advantage of the following three anti-slouching gadgets.
The Phillips ErgoSensor Desktop Display
The Phillips ErgoSensor is a desktop display with a difference. Literally watching you whilst you work, the 24-inch, 250-nit, 1920 x 1080 display possesses a sensor which warns you if your posture has become too ‘slouched’ or you have been staring at the screen for too long. Not only does the Phillips ErgoSensor have the potential to save you from a retirement laden with back pain misery, but it can also help reduce the cost of your energy bills by shutting the screen off when you’re away from your desk to conserve power!
On the same trail as the ErgoSensor, for about £50 the iPosture will force you to ‘think’ about your posture. This tiny gadget, when stuck to a user’s skin or pinned to their clothing, monitors your posture and vibrates whenever it doesn’t meet its posture ‘standards’.
Don’t worry, you want be walking around resembling an adult toy, as the iPosture’s vibrations are silent – now there’s a relief!
Upright Posture Alert app
If you’re not willing to fork out 50 quid on the iPosture for a mere $2.99 you can download the Upright Posture Alert app, the very first posture alert system for the iPhone and iPod touch.
In featuring a simple and intuitive interface, Upright lets you focus on achieving a good posture, alerting you when your posture is off track.
Users have the choice of being alerted to slouching through vibration, sound or visual alerts – Although it could cause some confusion on whether your iPhone is on vibrate only and you have an incoming call or your posture isn’t up to scratch!