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German scientists are developing a smartwatch to correct bad posture.
Engineers at TU Kaiserslautern and the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence are building a prototype of their vision, which would alert wearers to slouching.
Sensors - Clothes - Inside - Shoes - Velocity
Using sensors worn under clothes and inside shoes, it would monitor angular velocity, which is the rate of change of angular position of a rotating body.
It would then process this data against motion parameters, such as how much the spine moves and at what angle, then issue an alert if the posture was insufficiently upright.
Stage - Development - Model - IFA - International
Although still in an embryonic stage of development, a rudimentary model is expected to be presented at the IFA International Consumer Electronics Fair in Berlin, next month.
The ambition is that the device would train people into better aspect while working at their desks or watching TV, for example.
Officially - Part - EU - BIONIC - Project
Officially part of the EU BIONIC project, which 'adapts gamification strategies to the needs and wishes of the elderly workers, ensuring optimal engagement for prevention and self-management of musculoskeletal health in any working/living environment.'
The German project, which is still unnamed, will be co-developed by experts in Spain, the Netherlands and Greece.
Millions - People - Pain
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