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! This wearable will improve your posture and reduce back pain

A posture corrector that detects when you're slouching is the newest must-have high-tech health gadget.

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

Without those well-intentioned nagging reminders every day, you might start to see those long days of sitting in front of a computer, or staring down at your smartphone, take their toll. And that's where UpRight comes in; it's a posture corrector that acts 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.

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The wearable device, now sold at Amazon, Best Buy and the Apple Store, was founded by Oded Cohen, an Israeli engineer. There are two versions of the product: the original UpRight Go, which features 10 hours of battery life and is about 2.2 inches wide; and UpRight Go 2, which has an extended (40-hour) battery life and is a little thinner (1.9 inches). There's also a necklace you can use instead of the adhesive.

After attaching it to your upper back using included adhesives, the device recognizes when you're sitting up and when you're slumping. It vibrates when it detects the latter, forcing you to straighten up. 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)

In 2016, UpRight 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.

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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