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This AiraWear hoodie gives you backrubs on the go

If you're suffering from chronic backpain or have bad posture, this compressed-air massage jacket could be just the thing to fix that.

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You might soon notice people making weird faces and realise their jacket is vibrating.

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Singapore-based startup Tware thinks it has the solution for chronic back pain: the AiraWear, a wearable massage device that uses inflatable compressed air modules to give you back rubs on the go.

Available as either as a vest to be worn under your jacket or built into a hoodie, the AiraWear aims to discreetly pound away the pain with six inflatable modules aimed at key pressure points.

When I popped by the company's booth here at CES Asia in Shanghai, the men's version unfortunately wasn't available. I had to make do with checking out the smaller-sized women's hoodie, which obviously didn't fit me.

As I understand it, using inflatable compressed air modules helps cut down on the weight as well as the size, and the AiraWear has a battery charge of around 3 to 6 hours depending on your usage. It's controlled by a smartphone app.

Desk-bound folks with bad posture will also appreciate a posture-correction feature, which tracks how you're sitting in real time. If you start slouching, it will activate the lower back modules to shove you back to sitting straight, and the app records your posture changing over time.

Given the slim fit of the AiraWear, it should be hard to spot that you're wearing one. You might give it away if you start making weird grunting noises while your muscle knots are thumped away, though that's probably the least of your problems.

The AiraWear is currently looking for funding on Kickstarter, and is close to hitting its target with more than 30 days to go.