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Sitting is taking a beating these days, and for good reason: It puts a lot of strain on the neck and back, and sitting more than 23 hours per week could increase the risk of heart disease by over 60 percent. But help is on the way in the form of Rise, the first device that’s designed only to detect how long you spend sitting down. At customizable intervals, Rise sends alerts to its user’s smartphone to let them know when it’s time to stand up and move around, and they can track their progress as they become more active.
The device also compiles information about your sitting trends and helps you compete with other people who have one. Pre-orders are $39 on the crowdfunding site IndieGoGo, and the company is hoping to raise $80,000 by December 18 to scale up production. Good luck, guys!