UpRight system UpRight system The UpRight system is especially beneficial for people who sit in front of a computer for long periods of time. (Photo: Courtesy of UpRight)

Sit up straight! New device helps improve your posture

The newest development in wearables is a posture trainer that keeps you from slouching.

Remember when your mom always nagged you about your posture? Sit up straight! Don't slouch! Look alive!

That last one still has you chuckling, if you consider the alternative – did I look dead before? – but we digress.

Without those well-intentioned nagging reminders from Mom every day, you're starting to see those long days of sitting in front of a computer take their toll. And that's where UpRight comes in; it's like your own personal check-and-balance system for your spine, promising to rid you of back pain and improve your posture in just weeks.

Here's how it works: A wearable device attaches to your lower back and vibrates every time you slouch, training you to maintain an straight posture. At the same time, its companion mobile app generates a training program that provides real-time feedback, including posture analytics and statistics, to motivate you toward achieving your goals. Eventually, maintaining correct posture will be an effortless task, even without using UpRight.

The UpRight wearable works in conjunction with an app that tracks posture and analyzes sensor data.The UpRight wearable works in conjunction with an app that tracks posture and analyzes sensor data. (Photo: Courtesy of UpRight)

UpRight, founded by Israeli engineer Oded Cohen, has just won a coveted prize at an international awards ceremony in Germany. Its developers took home first place in the annual MEDICA App Competition for Best Medical Mobile Solution. It was one of nine Israel-based startups that made it to the final round of the competition out of 15 total entries.

And here's the best part: the UpRight system is now available in the U.S., at select retail stores in San Francisco and New York City, as well as online.

It's got at least one chiropractor singing its praises, as evidenced by this video:

See, aren't you sitting up straighter already?

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