Sensor overload? Rise is a wearable that tracks how much you sit

Sitting WILL kill you!!


Christopher Fryer and Morgan Redfield met this July at a startup event, and to hear Fryer tell it, the meeting was Kismet. Fryer has recently converted to the church of Sitting Will Kill You and Redfield was an engineering graduate who wrote his masters thesis on algorithms to adapt fitness trackers for amputees. And both wanted to build a device that would help others try to change their sitting habits.

So the two worked for the last four months on building a prototype device, called Rise, that is the size of a quarter and measures how much time you spend sitting. You wear the device in your pants pocket (it has to stay in the range of your thigh/quadriceps for now) and when you sit, it tracks that, and when you stand, it notes that. The two are using Indiegogo to raise money to fund the build out of the…

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