I created a free app to help people who have neck pain caused by poor phone-usage posture!
[App Store Link](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/proneckt/id1435390909?mt=8)
I’m just a regular guy who often finds himself dealing with neck and upper back pain. It turns out, this is mostly caused by the poor posture I have while using my phone. Like most people, by default, I hold my phone around waist height and bend my neck down to look at my screen. Turns out, that does some pretty serious damage to your neck and upper back over time (yikes!).
Despite being told by my chiropractor about how to correct my posture, I found it super difficult to break my bad habits. So I developed Proneckt (think “protect” + “neck” ), an app that sends you notifications when it detects that you’re using your phone with poor posture!
**How it works:**
The first time you open the app, you will be prompted to do calibrate Proneckt to recognize the bad posture that you wish to correct.
After you’re done with the initial tutorial, all you have to do is close the app and leave it running in the background. Proneckt will then periodically check your posture (you can customize the interval) and every time you start holding your phone with “bad posture”, Proneckt will send you a reminder!
I hope that some of you find Proneckt to be useful! Please leave any feedback in the comments or PM me; I plan to continue updating it with better UI and new features regularly. Also, please PM me if you love the app and would like a promo code to get the premium feature for free!
**Q:** Proneckt asks for permission to have “always” access to my location data! Why?
**A:** First of all, to ease any fears you may have, your data is stored only locally on your phone and never leaves your phone. **No one but you will ever get to see your data.** Your privacy is of utmost importance to me. I’m just a guy who wants to help out others who suffer from neck pain. I don’t work for a company that seeks to profit from your data (the entire app was built solely by me during my own free time a super busy student).
The location data is used purely for the map data visualization feature in the app. In the app, you can tap on the map tab and view all of the locations you had bad posture throughout the day. The location might be slightly off due to the accuracy being at the lowest setting (to minimize Proneckt’s battery footprint).
**Q:** Other apps that use location services drain my battery like crazy when they run in the background! (Think any navigation app) Will Proneckt be just like those?
**A:** Fortunately, no! Proneckt doesn’t use super-precise location tracking like any navigation/GPS apps. In fact, I specifically designed the app with battery usage in mind. The required location accuracy is set to the minimum so that it uses as little battery as possible. From my personal testing on several different iPhones, it only uses an additional ~1% of my battery per hour! (YMMV depending on how old your battery is. The devices I tested all supported peak battery performance).