Many evidences show that sedentary behavior is adversely associated with health and wellbeing. One of the most common occurrences of such a behavior is sitting in workplaces. Office workers are highly at risk to organ damage, muscle degeneration, back pain ,etc.
SitSmart is a European funded project, that was proposed as part of the innovation associate program to tackle this issue and promotes a healthy lifestyle. It aims at breaking the sedentary sitting lifestyle at workplaces by providing a sensor equipped seat cushion that is able to:
- Recognize the sitting posture;
- Keep track of the time elapsed since last time the user has changed his posture;
- Compare this time to an unhealthy duration set by the user or suggested by the system; and if the elapsed time exceeds this duration,
- Intervene by encouraging the user to change to another posture.
SitSmart gives its users the ability to self-assess their sitting behavior and access both real time feedback and long term analysis (active sitting score).