Take your butt-pulse through this Bluetooth-enabled cushion

Darma Smart Cushion
By Simon Sage on 13 May 2014 08:48 am
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A new Bluetooth-enabled cushion has recently been announced called Darma, which sits on your chair and monitors your posture, pulse, and how long it's been since your last stretch. The connected mobile app extrapolates interesting data like respiration and stress level, and tracks long-term data to help you clean up your habits. Darma even suggests periods of meditation if it detects you're getting particularly stressed out.

Though it might seem goofy to shove Bluetooth 4.0 into just about everything and have it track fitness, considering how much time a lot of us spend sat in front of computers, keeping an eye on posture and making sure we get up and move around regularly is probably a good thing. My only real concern is how comfortable something like this is, but the sensor layer is only 1 mm thin, so it shouldn't be too noticeable.

Darma will be on Kickstarter soon, offering an early bird backer price of $149 and eventually retailing for $249. In the meantime, you can get more information at Darma's website. Anybody interested?

Via: Engadget

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10 comments

ThaMunsta

I don't know about in personal life but in a hospital rather than have something stuck to your fingers patients might feel a lot more comfortable with just sitting on something. Cool!

Haytham Hamad

+1

That sounds more useful and it'll make this thing make more sense.

cloud12077

Yes that makes much more sense. I can't see this being something I want to sit on directly. Hey guys, check this out. My butt is putting out *blank*...

MazoMark

Seems like a solution in search of a problem to me.

Simon Sage

Sitting too much isn't a problem?

feldmen01

I don't see this being used in the long-term. I personally don't want what looks like an uncomfortable cushion telling me that I need to meditate.

pkcable

what will they think of next!

Sonicaholic

I can see this being useful for heart rate exs in a doctors surgery or hospital. But as for prompting me at my own desk I can seriously see it ending up as a car park frisbie! Unless it broadcasts excessive flatulence levels then its going on my bosses chair!

Drew Oswalt

Version 2.0 will detect diseases by scanning your flatulence.

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