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Website aims to fix computer user’s posture 

If this image is blurry, you need to sit up! New technology aims to fix your posture by blurring the screen every time you slouch

  • A website is helping computer users to improve their posture by showing a blurred screen when the user isn’t sitting correctly
  • Fix Posture uses a machine learning program to create a baseline of where a user’s body parts are when assuming a good posture
  • Users look into a camera and the screen goes blurry when their posture is bad  
  • The service is offered on a website which users can return to to check they are seated correctly at their work space 

A website is helping computer users to improve their posture by showing a blurred screen when the user isn’t sitting correctly. 

Fix Posture uses a machine learning program to create a baseline of where a user’s body parts are when assuming a good posture.

The user begins by correcting their posture which includes keeping the screen at eye level, relaxing shoulders and putting their feet flat on the ground. 

A website is helping computer users to improve their posture by showing a blurred screen when the user isn’t sitting correctly. Text on a screen will appear normal when the user has normal posture, (pictured)

The user's screen will go blurry when they are slouched over and their back is strained

The user’s screen will go blurry when they are slouched over and their back is strained 

The technology requires a camera and the screen will go blurry when the user isn’t sitting correctly. The camera will constantly check the user’s position through their use of a webcam.

Taking these measures creates will lead to the creation of reference points for the program to use when checking your posture.  

If a person slouches, the users eyes or shoulders drop from their previous position, and the screen blurs. 

If thighs are not parallel with their body or feet do not remain flat, the user’s eyes and shoulders change position and the screen will then go blurry.   

The experiment only works on the Fix Posture site, however it gives advice to workers on how to maintain their posture at a computer screen while in work. 

The user can also set a reminder to return to the website every hour to ensure they are sitting correctly, according to Motherboard. 

In a tweet, Olesya Chernyavskaya, the designer of the software, said: ‘Are you sitting with correct posture right now? My new experiment detects your posture and blurs a screen if it’s poor. Made with @TensorFlow.js, #PoseNet Model.’ 

Fix Posture uses a machine learning program to create a baseline of where a user's body parts are when assuming a good posture

Fix Posture uses a machine learning program to create a baseline of where a user’s body parts are when assuming a good posture

Around 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time, according to experts

Around 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time, according to experts 

Around 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time, according to the American Chiropractic Association.  

Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.

It accounts for more than 264 million lost work days in one year, which is two work days for every full-time worker in the country. 

Low-back pain costs Americans at least $50 billion in health care costs each year. When lost wages and decreased productivity are added in, the figure easily rises to more than $100 billion

 



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