Posture Protect aims to help the posture of people with Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis.
In a report this week here from Pittwire Health, part of the University of Pittsburgh, a pair of bio-engineering seniors have been building a posture device (Posture Protect). It aims to alert people with movement disorders like Parkinson’s Disease or Multiple Sclerosis (MS) when they’re holding poor posture.
The vest-like device vibrates and shows a red light on the shoulder when people are bending forwards.
The project is Posture Protect. Engineers Jacob Meadows and Tyler Bray hope to create a product that’s unobtrusive, preventing unwanted attention.
We think it’s a great idea. I’ve worked with people with Parkinson’s myself. Posture is definitely a big issue for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s leaves some people paused in movement. They need an impetus to get going. The alerts from Posture Protect might prove helpful there too.
Anything that helps Parkinson’s sufferers to manage their posture better is going to make a positive difference to their quality of life.
Other gadgets like the Upright Go 2 are becoming popular. They currently have some issues due to their need to be glued/attached to the body. Replacement stickers are proving to be a snag for some people, often because of sweat. Perhaps this move towards unobtrusive wearables will be positively received.
Certainly any moves forward to help Parkinson’s and MS sufferers should be popular amongst the community.
In short we wish well and all the best to Tyler and Jacob. We hope they get a good stable production version out some time in the near future.
Hopefully it will prove a valuable and easy to use addition to current care methods for people with motor control issues. We’ll be sure to let you know!