Spine Align is a simple menu bar app that uses your webcam to help prevent hunching over at your computer. It estimates the distance from your face to the screen. When you get too close to the screen, Spine Align will alert you to move back again.
All MacBooks and iMacs come with a built in iSight/FaceTime camera which is ideal for monitoring your posture.
Adjust monitor and webcam
Sit up straight
Spine Align is here to help! It does the monitoring for you, so you can concentrate on everything else. By monitoring the distance of your face to the screen, it can limit the effects of extending your neck and help to prevent bad posture.
More tips on how to sit correctly can be found here.
Spine Align uses face recognition to determine your distance to the screen. For best results ensure that the webcam/screen is pointing directly at your face and the room is well lit. You can check this is correct using Photo Booth or another program that uses the webcam.
If you wear glasses, the reflection in the lens can sometimes cause issues. If you try without glasses it may be more successful.
Tilting your face can cause make it more difficult to detect your face correctly. Ideally your face should always be up right when working at the computer. Hopefully in a future release Spine Align will be able to sense your distance regardless of your head orientation, and also let you know when you may be tilting your head.
There is a small chance that the technology will not work well in your situation. If none of the above works for you, then please request a refund (see below). Also I would love to hear from you so that I can improve the technology for future versions.
If the monitors are stacked one above the other then it should still work fine. If the monitors are side by side, Spine Align may not work as intended, depending on where the camera is pointing.
~ is your user home folder. Then restart Spine Align.
If the problems persist please contact me!
At present Spine Align only works with the default camera, which is usually the built in iSight camera. The ability to switch which camera to uses will be launched in a future release.
I’m sorry that Spine Align hasn’t worked in your situation. To get a refund this page from Apple has instructions:
What is the Mac App Store refund policy?
If you experience a technical issue with an app, first contact the developer of the app for assistance. Their support contact information can be found on the app’s page in the Mac App Store. If that does not resolve the issue, contact Mac App Store Customer Support.
Refunds are available up to 90 days after purchase.
Apple’s process isn’t entirely clear, but there is a better guide available on the process here.
If your question isn’t answered by any of the above, please use the comments below or please contact me.