Pablo Corral Vila
Bad posture is a serious issue that is prevalent in society. It feels natural to hunch over when doing work, studying, or even playing games. Along with this, bad posture is exhibited while sitting. Since these bad poses may happen subconsciously, it may be helpful to know when bad posture is being used.
Our project idea is to build a couch/chair that provides orthopedic feedback to the user. We spend a great portion of our day sitting down whether it be for work or leisure time. We figured that we might as well create some sort of system that informs the user of posture habits and potential orthopedic hazards. Our idea is in its preliminary stages, so we are open to further developing our scope for the project. The chair will be embedded with pressure sensors on its seat and its back. The pressure readings from the glutes, lumbar and upper back will be used to evaluate the posture of the user. Along with this, we can mount a range sensor on the back of the chair to measure the distance between the user and the back since slouching tends to increase that distance. Our project is an innovation, and the most similar thing we could find is a product called Axia Smart Chair. It is a chair that provides the user “direct feedback by means of a vibration signal in the seat cushion and a personal App”.