Omron Healthcare Co Ltd released a device that enables the user to evaluate his/her walking posture just by walking 10 steps Sept 20, 2013.
When the user attaches the device, "Omron Walking Posture Meter HJA-600T Walk Scan," to the waist and walks 10 steps, it automatically evaluates the walking posture.
This time, Omron Healthcare newly developed a "walking posture evaluation algorithm" based on video of walking people and their acceleration waveforms and used it for the HJA-600T. The device evaluates a walking posture by using three parameters. They are (1) the position of the waist, (2) the movement of the legs (whether the load on the knees is low) and (3) the balance.
The measured data can be transmitted to the iPhone via Bluetooth and can be checked with an iPhone application called Beautiful Walking. The application categorizes measurement results into six characters: "twinkling flamingo," "flamingo," "duck," "staggering duck," "penguin" and "staggering penguin" and displays a score of up to 100.
Moreover, Omron Healthcare offers movies that explain how to improve walking postures based on the measurement results and each user's problems.
The HJA-600T is capable of counting the number of steps and measuring calorie consumption. Therefore, when it is stored in a pocket or bag, it can be used as an activity meter.
The weight of the device is about 17g (including the battery). There is no manufacturer's suggested retail price, but its expected retail price is ¥9,980 (approx US$100.5). Omron Healthcare aims to sell 40,000 units within a year after the release.