PosturAroma necklace is a wearable device designed to help women feel safer by enhancing their posture. It uses the powerful relationships between scent, emotion and confidence through embodiment. The necklace intends to change body posture to make women feel safer by using a combination of sensors and scents. By sensing the angle of the back and using scent as a trigger, the user is reminded to keep her head up and straighten her back when stepping into the world.
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Feeling safe in public spaces is often seen as a result of a combination of the design of the environment and the social control that is present in the space. But it is necessary to look beyond the space itself as to how the individual can or does influence his or her own feelings of safety. More specifically, the body, its movements and posture as the central focal point. Experiments have shown that body posture can show a person’s vulnerability. When a woman travels in public space, this vulnerability can be noted by possible attackers. In general, this is the one with the most insecure, vulnerable body posture. Studies have shown how emotions are shown during certain postures. Certain postures are connected to fear, which is depicted by a slightly slouching person.