Upright Go: posture training on the move

Upright is returning to Kickstarter in a few weeks time to raise funds for its second generation posture trainer. As the name implies, this one is designed for those on the go.

Most of the world’s population experience back pain at some point during their lives. In fact, this is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.

Essential reading: Wearables that monitor your posture

The original Upright posture trainer sits on your back and vibrates to make you aware when you slouch. It is fast, it’s habit-building and it works as advertised, as detailed in our review. Upright prevents backache and muscular pain, strengthens back muscles, trains your muscles to work efficiently and prevents fatigue.

The second generation tracker is set to drop on Kickstarter in a few weeks time. Like the original device, Upright Go attaches to your back, and gently vibrates when you slouch reminding you to correct your posture. By nagging you to sit up straight, Upright hopes to be a daily reminder of the importance of a straight spine.

We don’t have all the details yet, but it seems Upright Go is intended for upper back training. The original wearable was primarily intended to correct your lower-back posture while sitting down. Sporting a more minimal design Upright Go is easier to wear no matter whether you are sitting, standing, walking or driving. This edition also does away with disposable adhesive pads and replaces them with a one time reusable sticker.

Correct posture is important. It results in physical health benefits and helps you feel more confident. Research shows that good posture releases hormones that positively influence your overall wellbeing in a similar manner to smiling and laughing. By training your core muscles to sit upright, and longer each day, you will be working on creating a new lifelong habit that will not only have your friends say you look taller, but you will simply feel better.

Upright Go is launching on Kickstarter in March for $59 (40% off retail). You can sign up for updates here.

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