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A wearable intervention for posture correction

Pfab, Isabel (2016) A wearable intervention for posture correction.

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Abstract:Incorrect posture is a problem that becomes increasingly wide-spread in today's world. It can lead to short and long term pain in the back and neck areas, and has further been linked to depression. Modern lifestyle facilitates poor posture, especially because of the increasing amount of time people spend sitting. Seated posture is therefore critically important and deserves more attention. Typically, people reside in unhealthy hunched-over or slouching positions, especially when interacting with screens. Muscle memory plays an important role in this, as the body gets used to being incorrectly positioned. Therefore, a correct posture has to be established and trained. Wearable technology can be a means to achieve this aim by constantly measuring the wearer's body posture and giving feedback on correct or incorrect posture. In the course of this project, a concept for such a device is developed. The resulting prototype was designed in an iterative process, and a final version was evaluated in terms of its effect on posture. Four participants wore the prototype over a time span of three weeks. It was found that the design clearly has a subjective effect on posture, and an expert also confirmed an objective improvement.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Human Media Interaction MSc (60030)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/69090
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