Posture-Fixing Robot Uses Tiny Helping Hand as a Reminder

For the legions of us who work at desks day in and day out posture problems can be a real pain in the derrière. Various gadgets out there address this issue by constantly reminding their users to sit up right, but they too can be a pain thanks to their tediousness. Now, addressing both problems, YouTuber and “special technologies” creator Norbert Zare has built a posture-fixing robot. And it finally looks like sitting correctly on your buns can be fun!

DesignTAXI picked up on Zare’s posture-correcting robot, which he recently posted to his eponymous YouTube channel. Zare is a YouTuber and creator very much in the same vein as say, a Simone Giertz or Michael Reeves. That is to say, Zare’s robots technically work, but in one of the least practical—and most hilarious—ways.

In the video above Zare demonstrates his posture-fixing machine. The inventor doesn’t have any kind of build video showing how he designed and constructed the bot, but it looks like it uses an accelerometer to gauge a person’s shoulders’ position in space. For anybody who’s used to retail posture correctors, this setup should look familiar.

A posture-correcting robot correcting its creator's posture by pushing a plastic hand against his chest.

Norbert Zare

What isn’t standard fare for retail posture correctors, however, is Zare’s machine’s plastic hand that serves as the perk-up reminder. As a user begins to slouch, the hand moves into place, lightly pushing against their chest. Once the user has corrected their posture, the miniature plastic hand returns to the standby position. (Again, we’re guessing that the accelerometer sensing the slouch sends a message to pair of motors that kick the hand up.)

Unfortunately, it’s obvious Zare has no plans for bringing this delightful posture bot to market. It will likely join the heap of other robots that work well enough in a goofy way. But maybe some real posture-correcting device makers should take some inspiration here. That corrector collecting dust in our desk drawer could see the light of day again with a little helping hand.

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