Wearable Tech World Feature Article
September 30, 2015

Smart Shirt Plans to Minimize Back Pain, Improve Posture

A California health company’s Indiegogo campaign is promising the world’s first workplace smart shirt.

Adela Health’s TruPosture, “a safe and natural way to improve your posture,” wants to eliminate office back pain. TruPosture is a slim, high tech vest that aims to fix a user’s spine and improve their back strength in just a few weeks.

Laced with nanosensors, lycra, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts a week, TruPosture measures the curve of the wearer’s spine and gives detailed instructions on how to adjust to a healthy, maintainable posture. It can detect ½ a degree of misalignment and vibrates on the exact vertebra that needs straightening, from the tailbone to the neck. TruPosture will buzz once if the spine is too far forward, twice if the spine is bent too far back, and record just how much of a user’s day is spent slumping or slouching.

It’s not just for the office, either. TruPosture recognizes when a user is standing, sitting, or stretching. It adjusts its ideal posture for each activity, and can also be programmed to a user’s individual preferences. That means it has the potential to help yogis, lifters, or any other athlete that needs a detailed visual of their body’s form.

Image via Indiegogo

TruPosture’s best asset is its software. The shirt pairs with an app to show users actual diagrams of their spine. The app, compatible with Windows and iOS, delivers a precise picture of the user’s spine in real-time. That picture is layered on a picture of the “perfect spine,” which allows users to see just how well their vertebrae stack up. 

The project is in its infancy, but Adela hopes to ship a completed product in just 24 weeks. A detailed timeline of production goals is available on the shirt’s Indiegogo page, where TruPosture can be pre-purchased for a $150 donation (75 percent of the retail value). 




Edited by Maurice Nagle




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