If you think you need to improve your neck and shoulder posture, there’s an iPhone app that uses AirPods to help you improve that. Developed by Jordi Bruin, Posture Pal is an interesting idea that will help you through long hours of work, playing a video game or even watching a movie without destroying your back.
Bruin has developed some great apps over the past few months. One of the latest is Navi, which is a FaceTime client that adds live subtitles and translations via SharePlay. Now, with Posture Pal, the developer wants to help people improve their neck and shoulder posture using the AirPods motion sensor.
A few years ago, I bought a hardware tracker to improve my posture, which required me to stick it on the back of my neck. After a few days of feeling like a cyborg, I stopped using it. When I came across the motion detection API, I realized that I would be able to create the same posture tracking experience, but in a much less obtrusive format. Many people have their AirPods in their ears all day, so they won’t have to adjust their lifestyle as much.
With Posture Pal, you just need to start a session, and it will keep track of your neck tilt and alert you when poor posture is detected, even if the app is in the background. It also includes:
- Visual, vibration and sound alerts when poor posture is detected
- Runs in the background with low battery usage
- Works while other sounds or music is playing
- Three different sensitivity levels
- Full support for dynamic text, voiceover and voice control
Posture Pal requires AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, or Beats Fit Pro. Bruin says other headphones that can send motion data to your iPhone will also work.
Although the app is simple to use, it is also very colorful and features a giraffe. The developer explained why he created the app this way:
My little cousins always ask me if I can do video games as a developer too. I wanted to do something fun with them, that’s why I came up with the concept of Posture Pal where there are animated characters that inform the user about their posture. The first Posture Pal is Rafi the Giraffe! Users can interact with Rafi and hopefully they will make the experience a bit more fun for people.
Posture Pal uses an API introduced with iOS 14 to work, which is the same motion data used for the Spatial Audio feature on the iPhone. The app is available in 18 languages (English, Dutch, German, Danish, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Bulgarian, Turkish, Croatian, Portuguese, Korean, Hungarian, Polish, Vietnamese, Norwegian and Afrikaans) , and it is free to download.
Users can track their posture for up to ten minutes at a time and can adjust colors in the app until they relaunch the app. With a one-time payment of $2, users can remove the time limit, customize sensitivity angles, colors, themes, and choose up to 12 different app icons.
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