A new Israeli device, Upright Go, helps those with office jobs to sit up straighter to avoid back pain or injury. Simply place the device on your upper spine, and it will buzz when you slouch.
Roughly 50 percent of the labor force in the US suffers from head, back or neck pains, which negatively impact their ability to work, costing American employers about $7 billion annually. With so many of us sitting at our desks for hours every day, poor posture has become an epidemic, leading to widespread backache and other ailments.
According to Israeli startup Upright Technologies, back pain relief starts with good posture. And that’s why its wearable posture “trainers,” which discreetly attach to your back, train you to stand and sit upright. Every time you slouch, they gently vibrate, reminding you to correct your posture.
The company’s newest gadget, “Upright GO,” comes with a mobile app that tracks your progress and offers customizable training programs. Contrary to the startup’s first product (Upright PRO), Upright GO is much cheaper ($59 versus $130); it is lighter and more discreet; and it’s designed to reduce neck and upper back pain, as opposed to the PRO, which focuses on the lower back.