Yesterday I traveled halfway across the country for the holidays. During the trip, I noticed widespread behavior among many others (and myself) that is bound to have long-term health consequences. At three airports I saw adults and children all looking down at their smartphones; that is, I saw them when I looked up from my own screen. Last evening, watching our two Michigan granddaughters during hockey practice, I noticed that most of the adults at the rink were fully immersed in their phones, just as I was. We will all pay for our poor posture some time in the future if we aren’t already.
In 2015 we wrote about Upright, a posture management wearable worn on the lower back that vibrates when you slouch. The idea behind the Upright was that just by wearing the device, the gentle vibes would passively train your body to assume better posture even if your mind was otherwise engaged. An optional add-on app generated a customized training program with real-time feedback, analytics, statistics, tips, and posture improvement techniques. In the past two years, we’ve written about a slew of other posture apps and devices including a hard hat-mounted device, a posture shirt, and a neck wearable.
Upright Go, an updated version of the original Upright wearable, is lighter and smaller than the original and the formerly optional software is included with the device. Upright Go weighs less than 12 grams (4.2 ounces) and measures approximately 2.2×1.3x.5-inches.A rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts for ten plus hours per charge, according to the developer. The training app is available for both iOS and Android mobile devices. The original sold at $129 on a pre-order basis. Upright Go is available for $79 with free U.S. shipping, a 30-day money back guarantee, and a 2-year warranty. Couples, families, and groups of friends can save with quantity discounts.