Brilliant Idea #364. Alexa stretch skill

If you sit down all day, bad news, it’s slowly killing your.

Doctors call it the sitting disease. More worrying, the latest research suggests that you can’t undo the 8-10 hours a day you’re sitting down working by then going to the gym in the evening.

You can, according to the science, undo the harm by simply moving regularly during the day – small, regular, un-obtrusive exercises are all you need.

Brilliant idea #364 is a game for desk workers that uses the Amazon Alexa and their Echo buttons. You probably know that an Alexa is, but possibly not the buttons. They’re exactly that, programable buttons.

The game forces you to stretch your body into a stretch. It gives you the instructions of where to put the buttons – for example in the two far corners of your desk, just out of reach whilst sitting up straight. 

The skill (a skill is what Amazon call an app) then talks you through the exercise. Each stretch asks you to press and hold the button to turn the light from green to red for a little longer each time and in doing so extends the stretch. 

There’ll be a range of stretches – each with the instructions of where to place the buttons followed by the stretching game. It could then gamify the stretches to encourage the user.

Brilliant.