How is your posture? Do you slouch? Do you have back aches after long hours slaving over a hot keyboard? Of course you do. It’s your posture. It’s horrible. Says who? Says your Mac. This unique and inexpensive little Mac app actually watches you while you sit in front of your Mac and monitors your posture.
Come on. That’s creepy. It’s cool that my Mac wants to get all touchy feely with me, but now there’s an app that nags me just like my mom.
Sit Up Straight! Don’t Slouch!
The app in question is called PostureTrack. What it does is quite remarkable (other than the nagging part). Using your Mac’s built-in camera, it watches you.
See? I said it was creepy. But PostureTrack has good intentions.
Think facial recognition for your back. It watches how you sit, how you move, and monitors your basic posture in real time.
Think visual bio feedback. A little window sits in the corner of your Mac’s screen and actually displays your current sitting posture and graphs how you’re doing.
Plus, it will graph how you’re doing over a period of time so you can see if your newfound attention to posture also makes you feel better.
Getting started is like a training lesson. You train PostureTrack on what is your better posture, and, just like mom, it watches to make sure you sit up correctly.
After that all you need to do is sit at your Mac and work like normal. Except PostureTrack is watching you.
It’s almost like having a stop sign on your Mac’s screen.
The PostureTrack box is unobtrusive so it’s easy to ignore, but not completely. It’s there. And it changes as you change your posture.
Green is good. The green person and green bar means you’re sitting better. Yellow is cautionary. Either you’re getting worse or slowly improving from bad posture.
And, last but not least, red is bad. Red on the PostureTrack bar means you need to focus a little more on sitting upright.
Overall, PostureTrack works, but with a caveat or two. Or, three. It doesn’t nag as much as mom, but maybe it should. Some kind of audio beep beep beep would be nice if I slouch (to prevent me from looking at the window). I noticed that what I was wearing at the time also affected the recognition capability. Sloppy and baggy looks like worse posture (or, better, depending on how you train PostureTrack).
If this is the future of Mac apps– those apps that tell me what to do– I might as well have mom on Skype talking to me all the time.