First, what is slouching? It has a few meanings, but we are concerned about how it applies to posture. We'll mainly focus on sitting posture, so let's introduce a reference standard sitting Stick Figure of Engineering (SFoE), as shown below.

The SFoE is sitting nice and straight with good posture. If we imagine a line going up through the body of the SFoE, then we can think of slouch as an angle between this line and the vertical as shown in the figure below.

The basic idea is to monitor this angle. We will constantly compare it to a preset value. If the angle exceeds this value, then we'll say the SFoE is slouching. Let's see how we can measure this angle with the Circuit Playground.

We'll show how to do this using both Arduino and CircuitPython.

This guide was first published on Dec 21, 2016. It was last updated on Dec 21, 2016.

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