[CEATEC 2013] Being graceful is one thing, but going to finishing school can cause quite a hit on your parents’ bank account. Why, there is an app for that, thanks to the folks over at Omron who have introduced their “Omron Walking Posture Meter HJA-600T Walk Scan” sometime in September, although it has been demonstrated on the CEATEC showfloor this time around. Basically, this device will require just 10 steps before it makes an evaluation of one’s walking posture.
Just how does it get the job done? Well, Omron’s “walking posture evaluation algorithm” was developed after viewing videos of walking people as well as their acceleration waveforms into consideration before being “translated” into a mathematical equation, hence making the HJA-600T very possible. The three parameters which this device uses are the position of one’s waist, your leg movement as well as balance. All the collected data will be transmitted to a compatible smartphone using Bluetooth connectivity, where it will then perform the necessary analysis before coming up with an end result – “twinkling flamingo,” “flamingo,” “duck,” “staggering duck,” “penguin” and “staggering penguin”, where your scores are based on a scale of 0 to 100.
Other than looking good while walking, there is another more practical reason that Omron has come up with this particular device, that is, to help you improve your walking posture so that you can reduce the risk of back injuries in the long run. Not only that, the HJA-600T also functions as a calorie counter, and when stashed in a pocket or bag, it doubles up as an activity measuring device. The entire shebang would tip the scales at approximately 17 grams, battery included, where it is tipped to cost around $100 after conversion. See? Told you it is going to be cheaper than the finishing school module that involves floating down the aisle, or walking with class. I am not sure if the software will require you to fill in parameters such as your gender, since men and women do have a slightly different gait because of their different centers of gravity.