This AirPods app is valiantly trying to fix your terrible posture

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The latest futile attempt to fix your ailing lower back comes in the form of an app that uses AirPods to detect poor posture. the posture friend The app works by using motion sensors built into the AirPods to track neck tilt and ping us whenever we’re caught slipping.

For all of us stuck at a desk for most of the day, there’s no denying our lingering posture issues. It only takes one look at our hunched selves in Zoom to see how hampered we really are. To solve this problem, there has been no shortage of devices or contraptions designed to solve this problem, including full brace-style solutions and small tech devices that you strap to your back and sync with a application. Even Apple reportedly sought to make AirPods capable of posture warnings.

Developped by Jordi Bruin who said 9to5Mac that he was inspired by a posture tracker that attaches to your back, before finally abandoning it. Instead, for those of us who already have AirPods, Posture Pal presents a very low barrier to entry.

Greedy alert — The simple and clean interface lets you set up the app in less than a minute. Once paired with your AirPods, it offers visual, sound or vibration alerts during 10-minute sessions. If you start to slouch, Rafi, the affectionately named giraffe, will squeal at you to correct your posture. Posture Pal also works in the background and even with music or podcasts playing.

You can choose between three sensitivity levels that follow the tilt of the neck beyond 10 degrees, 20 degrees or 35 degrees. Currently, the app works with third-generation AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, and Beats Fit Pro, but any headphones that send motion data to your iPhone are compatible.

Professional posture — A one-time charge of $2 gets you the pro version which removes the session time limit and lets you adjust the sensitivity in five degree increments. The pro version offers a lot more customization, like setting custom colors permanently (the free version resets color changes on restart) or changing the app icon to a llama wearing sunglasses, a monkey with banana or dabbing astronaut.

The application is already available on the App store and is free to download. The free version is worth a shot, especially if you have AirPods. Who knows if this will end up correcting our postures in the long run, but I’m sure our backs will thank us for trying.

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