What is FitStrap?
FitStrap is a next-generation posture monitor that not only prevents slouching and tells you to sit upright, but it measures your spinal curvature in the area you attached it. This key-difference to the current state of the art sensors that are currently on the market provides the user with not only quantitative feedback about the posture and upright position but also with qualitative feedback about the spinal curvature and neutral spine alignment.
FitStrap is a small 10-15 cm long silicon strip with replaceable adhesive tape, similar to that used for adhesive bras or Kinesio tapes. The replaceable adhesive tape makes FitStrap the first reusable and consumer-friendly spine monitor on the market. Attach the sensor to your lower or upper spine (dependent on where you would like to monitor your spine curvature) and calibrate to your neutral posture.
Before we get into the details, you are probably asking yourself, “What is it exactly this sensor does?”. Let me show you a short example:
The user in the picture above is wearing FitStrap on his lower back and he is kneeling downward to, for example, pick up a box. FitStrap monitors his spinal curvature, as seen on the app on the right, and would start vibrating to alert the user that his spine deviates from his neutral posture. This means even if the user is not looking on his phone, he will feel the vibration of the sensor that tells him that something is off.
FitStrap does much more than just monitor the spinal curvature. It also detects if the user’s balance and how much the user is bending forward or backward. On the app, you can see in real-time how your spinal curvature looks like and even how it moves. Below the spine, in the app, you see the balance ring that shows you how much the user tilts to the left/right.
The user can store exercised in the app and use them as reference for future use. For example, the user will do a deadlift exercise together with a very experienced trainer. FitStrap monitors the exercise execution and will store the movement patterns in its database. When the user does the same exercise without the trainer, FitStrap can show how much the user’s current execution deviates from the execution with the trainer. This helps to learn movement patterns with continuous feedback loops even when the trainer is not present.