Master Your Body Language

Body language is powerful. It is the most impactful part of interpersonal communications and can be the ultimate way to make or break a situation. The impact of good versus bad body language can be the difference between getting the job or date (or not getting them) or even as extreme as impacting our self-confidence. Mirroring the posture of those we interact with becomes the best method for success in any situation. Stop and look at people you interact with. Does the closed posture of a colleague in a meeting get you excited to work with them? Or guys, how about the gal you buy a drink for who proceeds to cross her legs and arms. Probably not getting those digits, hu? And of course we rarely realize the negative vibes we give off. Our bodies are not trained to overcome negative body language without consciously realizing the error.
A project at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland is looking to transform our body’s ability to realize and adjust body language while interacting with others. RISR is a set of wearable sensors that gives the user feedback on their body language via vibration. The unit consists of an IR camera on the front that captures body language of those you interact with. A ‘brain’ or central control point analyzes the motion of those you are with. Then the vibrations of the network of sensors give feedback on how to position yourself. When activated, RISR constantly evaluates posture of whoever you are with, and adjusts you accordingly. The harness is worn under clothing. To calibrate it you spend time ‘teaching’ it your typical body language. Then when ready to use the unit, engage it by activating the RISR app from a smartphone. Get a behind the scenes look at RISR via the video above.
So is RISR just a fancy way to get a date or a job? To some extent yes, but enhanced body language inevitably leads to an increase in self-confidence. Other possible applications for RISR could involve people with conditions that impact their social skills. RISR could work with them to improve their reactions to different situations. Sure the concept is still just that, but who knows. If technology can help improve interpersonal communications I am sure there will be some takers.
Thanks: Fast Company