If, like many many (many!) people, you have bad posture for large chunks of the day, the Upright Go could provide a ton of lasting benefit at a fairly reasonable cost. Plus it’s tiny, so if you don’t like it, returning it should be a piece of cake. But there’s a catch: the patches and app can be unreliable for some people, and the annoyance could make you stop using the device. Is it worth the price of a somewhat fancy meal to maybe help your posture? That’s up to you to figure out.
What does the Upright Go do?
Posture can be a huge part of chronic pain, yet there are very few devices aimed at posture correction that work. Lumo Lift used to be the most popular out of the few wearable gadgets in this market, but the company went kaput in 2018, and they no longer support the device. (even though it was named one of Time Magazine’s 25 Best Inventions of 2014! shame shame.)
Enter the Upright Go. It attaches to your upper back, and continuously measures your posture, buzzing when you’re slouching for too long. You can technically use it without the app, but it’s more useful to use the app to see overall tracking stats.
Is there any drawback to using the Upright Go?
This depends on your, eh, personality. Are you persnickity? Then you might find the your-posture-is-off buzz to be a bit annoying, or even a dealbreaker. (I’m persnickity by the way!).
A decent number of people have issues with the adhesive that’s meant to keep it on your skin.
A lot of people seem to use devices like these for a few weeks and then never again. Why is that? Well, it could be due to technical issues, but it could just be due to getting tired of the device reprimanding you every day. At the beginning, posture correction can seem like fun, but eventually it can be like a consistent scolding from a schoolmarm. Again, this depends on your personal preferences.
Note that these devices highly depend on calibration, and the technical aspects working out consistently. Some people report that the device worked for a while then stopped for various reasons (like faulty charging, or become over or under sensitive). This happens with many electronic devices other than posture devices, but may be more common in this area.