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Designer necklace monitors health and posture

Steve Rogerson
October 25, 2017

A smart pendant that warns wearers if they are slouching launched on Indiegogo this month. Called Opter Pose, it is a designer unisex necklace and clip that vibrates gently if the wearer is slouching.
Unlike other posture-correcting devices, Pose has a more than seven day battery life and other features that can be accessed through its companion smartphone app. UV sensing allows it to monitor time spent in the sun and blue light sensing allows it to recommend different light levels for optimal productivity and sleep.
In addition to basic fitness tracking with steps, exercise and sleep, Pose helps reduce sedentary time by intelligently reminding users to move if they've been still for too long.
Opter Pose is as thin as the latest iPhone and smaller than a thumb, and the pendant can be worn with any chain. This limited-edition design is made from bamboo, making it sturdy and lightweight.
After being developed for 1.5 years, Pose is ready for manufacture. It is available through Indiegogo for $99, more than a fifth off retail price.
"As a company, we believe technology is capable of so much more than what is available now," said CEO Chalisa Prarasri, pictured wearing the necklace. “Steps and heart rate are a great start, but health is the sum of hundreds of everyday actions. How do we optimise these everyday actions to live our dream lives? That's the problem Opter is working to solve. Right now we're small and don't have the funds to manufacture Pose on our own, so we're turning to our customers to help us fund our first production run."
Prarasri helped found Opter in 2015 immediately after graduating from UCLA with a degree in neuroscience. In college, personal health issues led her to reassess her lifestyle and delve into health science. She quickly learned that health is extremely holistic; every action we take each day makes a difference. As she turned her life around, she bought fitness trackers and wearables but found them extremely limited. She started Opter with the goal of building holistic and empathetic technology that seamlessly integrates with people’s lives and solves the health problems they face every day.
"I was trying to optimise my health to prevent myself from going into remission, and after learning about all the different things that affect health – things as simple as what time you turn off the lights – I was overwhelmed,” she said. “I found that I had to choose between obsessing about health or living my life; there wasn't enough time for both. Opter is designed to give you a hand with that."
Pose is the first product of what Opter hopes will be an ecosystem of health tracking devices that each target a different aspect of health; for example, hydration and nutrition. For now, the team is focusing on Pose and its upcoming launch. Once it raises enough funds, Opter plans to roll out additional styles of the device as well.