Statistics show that we spend over half of our waking hours sitting – mostly hunched over in front of a computer for prolonged periods of time, or slouching on the couch watching television. It is no wonder that countless people experience back or neck pain, the results of sloppy posture.

Here’s where Giraffe-Friend comes in. Giraffe-Friend is a tiny, circular wearable device that aims to correct bad sitting posture, as well as help its user to prevent posture-related aches and pain.

The device is approximately 2.6cm in diameter, with a 9mm thickness, and comes with a clip that allows it to be worn on the collar or lapel. The device aims to remind its users to maintain correct posture. Data from the device is sent via Bluetooth to the smartphone app (currently iOS only), where data based on the user’s habits is analyzed. If its motion sensor detects that the user is slouching too far forward or hunching over, Giraffe-Friend will vibrate to remind him/her to sit up straight. Users can also set fixed timings for the device to vibrate and remind them to watch their posture.

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Zen Soo

Zen is a tech journalist with a fondness for tech gadgets and pandas. She is also a full-time grad student studying business journalism at Tsinghua University, and often spends much time dreaming about...