If doctors and scientists are to be believed, prolonged sitting increases our risk of multiple health problems, including obesity, diabetes, heart-related issues as well as cancer. Add to that bad posture, and you get to experience the joys of back, shoulder and neck pain. Although ergonomic, posture-correcting chairs have been around for quite some time, most of them are too bulky to be used in the already-crammed modern workspace.
The designers at Perfectore Corp have come up with an innovative wearable contraption that they claim helps fix improper posture. Dubbed ERGO Posture Transformer, this miniature device does the job of a posture-enhancing chair or desk, without taking up a lot of space. According to the developers, it facilitates proper spinal alignment, and can reduce pressure on one’s neck and back by up to 31.7 kg (or 70 lbs).
As explained by the team, ERGO works in three different ways: posture pivot, shoulder abductor and chest expansion. Through posture pivoting, the highly-inventive, one-size-fits-all device realigns the wearer’s mid-back vertebrae to correctly support the head. As its name suggests, the shoulder abductor aspect of the contraption ensures that the person’s shoulders are held backwards in a comfortable position. The final feature allows the chest to be expanded in a relaxed, tension-free manner.
The posture-improving resistance bands can also be used to work out the back, shoulder as well as chest muscles, right there at the office. To reap the amazing health benefits, one has to wear the ERGO Posture Transformer for one to six hours every day. The product is currently undergoing a remarkably successful Kickstarter campaign, and has acquired over $627,000 in funding with 7 more days to go until its completion.