UpCore: a posture corrector that stimulates your muscles into perfect form

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UpCore is a posture corrector and trainer that helps you strengthen your core muscles and relieve back pain.

In our crowdfunding series we cover from time to time projects which have gained traction amongst the masses. This one has smashed through its funding goal many times over. So far more than $170,000 has been raised, much above the initial $10,000 target.

Most of the posture wearables we’ve written about in the past use smart tech to warn you when you are slouching. Then it is down to you to take action and correct your bad form.

The UpCore posture corrector goes a step further. It actually supports your posture by pulling your muscles into their proper position.

The gizmo comes from Palm NRG – a startup that has developed a number of products that utilize two technologies to stimulate muscles and relieve pain. These include something called transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and electrical muscle stimulation (EMS).

Essential reading: Wearables that monitor your posture

The latest product is in developement and available on Indiegogo now for delivery in December. You could actually call UpCore a one-click posture corrector.

Created by a team of physical therapists, it works by utilizing a slip-on vest-like system. You can activate it at the push of a button and the thing will apply a precise amount of weight pressure to your muscles as per your body’s specific posture-realted needs.

This is partly based on measuring how much your head passes the front of your body. The muscle stimulation tech pulls your shoulders back, realigns your spine and activates your core muscles.

According to the sales pitch, UpCore can help users remove up to 40 pressure pounds from their shoulders. Which is quite a sizeable amount.

“If you move your head 4 inches (10.16 cm) in front of your body while looking at your phone/screen/book, it’s like holding a 40 pounds (18 kg) child on your shoulders the entire time!”, the campaign reads.

To achieve the best results, Palm NRG suggets you use UpCore for 23 minutes per day. Which, lets face it, is not a big sacrifice if the end result is a perfect posture. Do this every day for a few weeks and bad posture will be a thing of the past – at least that’s the promise. The secondary effects of improving your posture are pain relief, better breathing, more energy, improved circulation and more.

This has some real-world proof and UpCore has the stamp of approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Clinical trials conducted with the device show a 96% reduction amongst participants in tight or achy back muscles. Also reported was an 83% fall in stress levels.

Optionally, you can fire up an accompanying UpCore smartphone app. This gives you more control over the process, allows for customization options and lets you track sessions and progress.

Let’s face it. Many of us spend significant parts of our lives hunched in front of the computers and long commutes to work. Statistics show that about 1 in every 4 adults in the US has at least one bout of back pain during a typical 3 month period. And 3 out of 4 of us will experience back pain at some point in our lives. This is partly due to bad posture and untonned muscles.

The team has a working model of UpCore and is now putting the finishing touches on the retail product. You can choose between two models. The first is called Seamless and it consists of a shoulder brace you can wear under a shirt. As its name implies, the Total version is an all-incompassing solution. It corrects both your abs and back muscles. Prices start at $139, which is 28% the final retail price.

Price:$139 and up

Funding open:
$172,143 out of $10,000 goal
16 days left

Estimated delivery: December 2021

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Marko Maslakovic

Marko founded Gadgets & Wearables in 2014, having worked for more than 15 years in the City of London’s financial district. Since then, he has led the company’s charge to become a leading information source on health and fitness gadgets and wearables.

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