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System throws slouched musicians "off the track"

Feb 13, 2017, 6:24 AM EST
(Source: Kevin Ohlin/flickr)
(Source: Kevin Ohlin/flickr)

London-based designer Arthur Carabott has developed a software, called the Musician’s Mirror, which identifies a musician’s bad posture and warns them with a jarring, audible notification. Carabott says the system is beneficial for musicians, particularly guitarists, who struggle with their head and shoulder positioning, eventually building up injuries over months or years.

The software is fed with the photographs of good and bad postures, which it uses to analyze the different positions that a musician adopts while practicing in front of a depth camera, writes New Scientist. Whenever the system detects a hunch, it throws the performer’s music out of tune to channelize attention towards their poor posture.

The musicians can program the system to focus on specific body parts, notes RocknRollAsylum. The software also generates a “heat map,” which is a single image representing the participant’s commonest postures. 

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