Researchers from Monash University, with help from Monash Health and Austin Health, have developed a chair capable of reading your posture in real time and helping you improve it.
The chair contains 78 sensors, which work together with the help of a complex algorithm to measure the weight distribution and spinal position of someone sitting on it. When the chair senses that your position is less than ideal, it sends an email or text with instructions on what to do to fix it.
Although still in the prototype phase, Dr Stephen Wang of the Monash Institute for Medical Engineering, who is leading the project, says that the final design could easily be embedded in office chairs, airline seats and trucker’s seats in the future. They could even help with individual physiotherapy needs.
The key benefit of the chair is that feedback on posture is frequent and sustained, which is crucial to long term improvement. It also means that things like standing desks, which do nothing to improve posture outside of the office, could be a thing of the past.
Dr Wang has filed an international patent for the design and the chair could be in commercial production within 5 years.
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