Last month Sandra reviewed the LUMOback – a wearable sensor device designed to improve your posture and general wellbeing. Sandra really liked the LUMOback, but some might not want to wear a strap and sensor around the base of their spine all day. To address the issues of comfort and convenience, Lumo BodyTech has announced the Lumo Lift.
The Lumo Lift was unveiled at CES in Las Vegas and I managed to catch up with the Lumo BodyTech team and get a demonstration of the new device. The first thing that struck me about the Lumo Lift is just how unobtrusive it is. The sensor itself mounts to your shirt using a strong magnet. The sensor is placed on the inside of your shirt so all you can see from the outside is a small metal square. The fashion conscious will be happy to know that those metal squares will be available in a variety of colours too.
Once the Lift is in place it will track your every movement. In essence, the lift will act like pretty much every other fitness tracker on the market – counting and logging every step you take, estimating calories burned etc. – but it will also constantly assess your posture.
No matter how fit you are, there’s a good chance that your posture isn’t as good as it should be. If you sit at a desk all day, or perhaps drive a vehicle for a living, you probably end up slouching, dropping your shoulders and compressing your spine. The Lumo Lift will keep an eye on your upper body and will send a vibrating alert whenever you start to exhibit poor posture.
The companion app, which runs on both Android and iOS, gives you a real-time graphic representation of your position. The demonstration I saw showed how the app can track someone switching between yoga positions while they train. This feature opens the door to all kinds of exercise routines that could be delivered directly through the Lumo app, and having chatted to the folks at Lumo BodyTech about the future of the system, they’re already working on it.
The Lumo Lift will launch in the spring with a special pre-order price of $69. Head over to the Lumo BodyTech site if you want to be one of the first to get your paws on the Lift. We’ll be bringing you a full review soon.