10 Things Wearables Have Taught Us About Ourselves

We Have Lousy Posture
A 'posture reminder' via a gadget would be a big help for those of us who slump at the computer. Steve Hix/Fuse/Thinkstock

Pop quiz, how many of you just sat up straighter when you read the words "lousy posture"? You're not alone! If you spend tons of time sitting in front of a computer screen, then your back probably looks like Quasimodo by the end of the day. Slouching not only looks bad, but poor posture can lead to a host of health problems including chronic neck and back pain [source: Gandhi].

Wearables to the rescue! The ingenious Lumo Lift clips to your clothing and uses biofeedback to gently buzz you when you begin to slouch. Named one of Time magazine's 25 best inventions of 2014, the device records your ideal posture and continuously coaches you to a taller, more confident you.

Conveniently, the Lumo Lift also doubles as a fitness tracker, clocking your steps, distance walked and calories burned, as well as your daily good posture hours. All of the data can be sent to your smartphone for easy access. Here's a tip, though: Hold the phone up to eye level to avoid slouching.