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Future of Health: Wearable Technology Improves Posture

Sensors embedded into the fabric of clothing can help wearers remain conscious of unhealthy habits.

Kyle Studstill
Kyle Studstill on June 8, 2010.
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Focused on addressing the posture concerns facing desk and office workers, wearable technology design ideas are emerging that make sitting straight a more natural task. One execution of this idea is the Posture Sensing Shirt, designed by manufacturer PostureTek. This garment contains an tension-sensitive device that monitors tension in the shirt’s interwoven micro-filaments; when this sensor detects a slouched position, a small vibration notifies the wearer.

A second manifestation of this concept comes from Lucy Dunne, a professor of wearable technology at the University of Minnesota. Her wearable Posture Monitoring Vest detects the curvature of the spine with fiber-optics integrated into the vest’s fabric. The vest transmits posture data to the user’s computer via Bluetooth, giving them a long-term picture of their habits.

Posture Sensing Shirt

Posture Monitoring Vest

[via Talk2MyShirt]

Over the next few weeks, PSFK is running a trends research and innovation project in association with UNICEF. We will be researching (with your help) the development of key trends that impact health and wellbeing and then using our findings to develop with partners concepts that UNICEF and likeminded organizations could consider deploying across the world.

Find out more here: PSFK presents the Future Of Health in association with UNICEF

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