If you’re always working in front of the computer all day, you should know how important it is to have a good posture when you’re seated. But how do you remind yourself to sit up properly all the time? Well, a group of high school kids who call themselves the Back Straight Boys seem to have a solution called The Posture Pad.
The Posture Pad is basically a device that makes use of embedded sensors and microcomputers in an ergonomically designed seat pad to gauge a computer user’s seating position and transmits the data to his/her computer to provide feedback about how they’re sitting. When a user isn’t seated correctly, the Posture Pad will vibrate or emit a tone to let the user know so they can make the necessary corrections to their posture.
Right now it’s still a prototype, however the Boys plan to hone and refine the device with the aid of a professor and occupational therapist in time for a presentation at the upcoming Human Factors and Ergonomics Society this year. It’s good to see our future generation putting their minds to good use. Who knows what they’ll come up with next?