Lumo Lift is a devices which allows you to improve your posture without any posture support device and it gives you alert when you slouched.
A few years ago, I recalled seeing a Kickstarter campaign for a new wearable electronic gadget that could sync to your smartphone and show you how well you’re standing and exercising. The LUMOback was a device invented by three Stanford University graduates: a doctor, an engineer, and an entrepreneur.
The three creators had doubled their original Kickstarter goal of $100,000 in only five months, and they were about to dispatch their first shipment of LUMObacks.
The firm launched a more compact version of the LUMOback known as the LumoLift, which quickly became their primary initiative and appeared to take the place of the LUMOback.
It appears as if refurbished LumoBacks are still available, at least according to the firm’s website, although they are no longer manufacturing new devices.
How is it used?
If you’ve been keeping up with me over the last year, you’ll have noticed that I’ve previously reviewed numerous posture supports and trainers before getting to the Lumo Lift. All the others I’ve used thus far have been far less high-tech than this gadget.
The Lumo Lift does not employ force to push your shoulders back to achieve proper posture, as do braces or trainers. Instead, it monitors your posture using a tiny inconspicuous sensor clipped to your shirt just below your collar bone. The sensor is set to an ideal position by double-clicking it while sitting straight and with good posture. Establishing a baseline after calibration adjusts the sensor, which is then used by the equipment to assess your posture. The sensor registers forward, backward, and side-to-side movement before applying an algorithm to determine if poor posture is used.
The Lumo Lift may be used in three distinct ways to assist in retraining your posture. The ultimate objective is to become more conscious of your posture and improve the strength of the muscles that support it regularly. After all, good posture is a learned behavior that may be improved by changing our actions.
- Coaching (most aggressive)- Once you begin using poor posture, the sensor will generate a rapid vibration as soon as you start. You may switch this mode on or off by holding the sensor for three seconds.
- Posture Alert (less aggressive)- The Posture Alert mode is another alternative to therapy. The main difference between the two modes is the sensor’s response time. Unlike the coaching mode, which sends an immediate warning when improper posture is employed, you may set the time between one and thirty minutes before the alert becomes active. A session can also begin and conclude at specific times. This is a beautiful alternative if you want a delayed rather than an immediate notification.
- Monitoring (least aggressive)- As a third alternative, wear the sensor all day while being conscious of your posture. Check the app and review your data to see how well you performed at the end of each day. Use the program to view an hourly analysis of your posture, which may be compared from one day to the next. The data from your posture monitor can be used to identify periods of poor posture and to measure your overall progress.
You may use any combination of the abovementioned modes to meet your demands. A fantastic approach may be to start with the posture alert setting at 1-2 minutes or more and then decrease it as your posture improves. Remember that you may use the device in coaching mode without syncing it with a smartphone.
UPDATE: Lumo has just announced that they’ve combined the coaching and alert function, allowing you to choose the time delay before being alerted. Set the delay to 3 seconds to mimic coaching mode. Set delay to 1 minute or more to simulate posture warning mode. This functionality is only accessible to iOS users right now.
Pricing and Guarantee
The Lumo Lift is now available for $79.95 with free delivery. These sell for an additional $19.99 if you need a dongle for your PC or can be purchased as a pair for $94.99, saving $5.00 over buying them separately. The firm does provide a two-day or overnight delivery option for an additional fee.
It comes with a 31-day money-back promise and a one-year warranty.
The manufacturer’s website says that they will accept your return within 30 days of the ship date for any reason after that. The seller will refund the total cost of the purchase less any fees for shipping and delivery, which is ridiculous because they’re currently offering free delivery.
When comparing the cost of the Lumo Lift to comparable items, it’s tough to do so because it’s such a one-of-a-kind item. The Lumo Lift costs $79, and posture supports typically cost between $50 and $70. While somewhat more pricey, this product has several features that a regular posture brace does not.
Where’s the Android App?
At its debut, Android-operated systems were used by 80% of smartphone users, whereas iOS was utilized by just 15%. Perhaps the firm thought that most techies would be the first to use its device owned an iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Indeed this isn’t the case, and naturally, I had to satisfy my desire to figure out what was going on, which prompted me to do some research.
Why is the Android App not available for the Lumo Lift? This question was recently answered in this blog post from Lumo BodyTech, published on June 9, 2014.
Andrew Chang, the company’s co-founder, discusses in a blog post that Google’s native BLE technology is still in its early stages and difficult to work with. This has resulted in a delay in the Android App’s release. BLE stands for ” Bluetooth Low Energy for those who aren’t familiar with it, BLE stands for “Bluetooth Low Energy.” It’s just a newer version of short-wavelength data transmission that works over a shorter distance to save energy and minimize battery usage.
The million-dollar question is, when will the Android app be available?
When will it become available?
When it comes to giving a release date, Lumo BodyTech is relatively quiet. Perhaps they’re afraid of disappointing their date if they don’t make it?
While the actual release date has yet to be determined, the firm is beta testing an app for Samsung GALAXY S4/S5 and Note 4/5. In another way, there is an Android App available, but it is being tested by a select few to identify any flaws before being made available to the general public.
It would, of course, be in the business’s best interest to release the Android app ahead of schedule to capture holiday sales from Android consumers. Given that beta testing is happening now (June 2015), I’m predicting that the release will occur in the fall of 2015 or before. This blog post will be updated with release information and read my updated review, which will provide comprehensive coverage of the Droid app as soon as it is published.
The good news is that the Lumo Lift can be used on a Droid without the software, and you may wait for the new app to come out. Using the device in a coaching session will buzz whenever your posture starts to fail. There are no apps to download. The sensor is activated by pushing and holding it for 3 seconds.
Meanwhile, Android users may keep track of their posture using Lumo’s newest product, the Windows PC dongle, which costs $20 and connects into an open USB port to provide desktop monitoring of their posture.
UPDATE: On June 4, 2015, Lumo Body Tech announced the Android app release to the public. The Android app will be reviewed soon after. Stay connected.
According to a blog entry on the firm’s website, the following devices are supported. Remember that you’ll need Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Kitkat, or Lollipop to use this app.
- Nexus 6
- Moto X (2nd Gen)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3 / Note 4
- Samsung Galaxy S4 / S5
Desktop App & Windows BLE Dongle for Lumo Lift
The Windows Dongle for PCs, released in the Fall of 2014, allows individuals without access to an Apple product or those who want to use a desktop version of the program to participate.
The Dongle is available separately or at a discount when paired with the gadget.
There are, however, two limitations to consider. It is compatible with Windows 7 or higher, and it must be utilized with a USB port that is accessible.
It’s compatible with Bluetooth LE, which lets you use it up to 30 feet away from your computer.
Personally, I spend most of my working day at a computer when I feel the most uncomfortable posture. In my situation, utilizing the Dongle appeared to be a superior choice.
Setting up the Windows Dongle
I had to set up and begin using the Lumo Lift app since I established objectives and kept track of my progress.
I’m a big Android user, and the Droid app has yet to be released. (EDIT: Android App is now available) Fortunately, I have Windows 7 on my PC and used the Lumo Bluetooth dongle.
It was simple to install. All I did was download the file from their website, insert the Dongle, and run the program. I was then asked for my name, email address, age, sex, height, and weight.
I was told to press the sensor once after entering this data for the device to be linked to my computer. It was straightforward.
Features accessible with the windows app
The windows application adds several more capabilities that aren’t available without it. Here’s a quick review of what you can do with the app.
- Steps, Distance, & Calories – While this device’s primary goal is to educate and monitor posture, steps, distance, and calorie counters are an excellent addition. I walked for two minutes while counting my steps to assess the accuracy. I then returned to my desk and waited for the Lumo Lift to sync with my computer to compare my tally to what the gadget recorded. The Lumo Lift was incredibly accurate! The next day, I walked a known 3-mile route, and once again, it proved to be very precise. The calorie count is determined based on the weight and age you provided when you first installed the program. I was not able to test the validity of this function.
- Real-time coaching – Use the coaching screen view to observe real-time feedback during a coaching session. When you use excellent posture, you’ll see either a green screen with a positive message like “Looks like someone is an expert,” or if your posture begins to slip, you’ll notice a red screen displaying the words “Just straighten up a little, and you’ll be great.” I discovered that the red alert screen usually appears a fraction of a second before being buzzed, allowing you to make quick changes before you get a buzz alarm. You can choose the app to be “always on top,” allowing you to view a red or green screen in your peripheral vision while working at your computer.
- Track progress- Examine the overall hours of “good posture” each day. It also enables you to keep tracking of your activity throughout the day.
- Posture alert mode – We recommend utilizing the posture alert feature, which activates a more sedentary alert system in the case of the wrong posture. You may program the Timer for anywhere from 1 to 30 minutes instead of an immediate alert. If you stay in poor posture for the stated amount of time, you will be disturbed with an alert.
- Change coaching duration- By Default, each training session was set to 1 hour. The app lets you customize the length of each training session to 5, 15, 1 hour, or 4 hours.
- Syncing to My Fitness Pal – While I have not used this capability, the software lets you link your Lumo lift to your my fitness pal account. It will also automatically add the calories you’ve burned and the steps you’ve taken to your MyFitnessPal exercise diary if you use it this way.
How the Dongle works with Lumo Lift
The Lumo Lift has 32MB of internal flash storage, which will keep approximately four weeks of data on the sensor. Once you leave the Bluetooth range, the device holds a record of your information. When your system is within range of the sensor, it will detect the sensor, and all of the collected data will be transmitted to your computer via Bluetooth. The app will then provide you with this information, which you may access using the program.
The manufacturer claims that the gadget can find the sensor when it is 30 feet away when it comes to range. I found the distance about 30 feet, maybe a few centimeters less.
Putting the Lumo Lift to the Test
Arrival and Unpacking
The Lumo Lift arrived in a small retail box with the sensor revealed and a tiny gray magnetic clasp attached to the center.
There was also a black clasp, bra strap clasp, tiny instruction booklet, USB charging dock, and what appeared to be three more square super magnets that were roughly the same size as the included clasps. Although these additional magnets were stated on the package and were not mentioned on the label, they might be used to make a customized clothing clasp.
The sensor was considerably smaller than I had imagined, measuring 1 7/8′′ long, 1″ broad, and 1/2′′ thick and weighing 12.8 grams (including the gray magnetic clasp), or about the same as two quarters. That’s incredible.
I read the 7-page instruction booklet, with only four sentences per page and a few pictures. While the brochure covered the basics, questions remained unanswered, including button functions, buzz patterns, light status, charging, how to align, how to wear, and how to enter “Coaching Mode.” After reading their support material on their website, I answered these issues.
After my clothes were changed into my favorite tight-fitting Alignmed shirt, I inserted the sensor inside it below my collarbone and fastened it with the supplied clasp. Putting on the Lumo Lift was a no-brainer because the magnetic clasp practically leaped out of my hand and onto my shirt.
The clasp was supposed to be calibrated using a simple double-click before each use, as you would with a mouse. NOTHING HAPPENED when I clicked the button a few seconds before, so I repeated it. Nothing was happening still.
After removing it, I pressed the sensor to check for the light indication, which indicates battery condition. I couldn’t even find the indicator light.
The charging pad was inserted into my computer, and the charging terminals on the sensor were aligned with those on the dock. The sensor jumped out of my hands and instantly lined up on the dock, accompanied by a red light hidden beneath the sensor’s face. That is clever. It appears that my device did not arrive charged entirely, which would explain why it was unresponsive.
I received the go-ahead after two hours, and I was all set to depart.
I want to make a few comments before we continue. The instructions state that when calibrating the device, you should assume a good posture, with your “Shoulders back and head raised.” Others may not be familiar with what excellent posture should look like, whereas you are. Regardless, I’d advise reading the American Physical Therapy Associations Secret of Good Posture booklet to ensure that you have a clear picture of what good posture entails.
I re-installed the Lumo Lift and double-clicked to set it to calibration, standing tall with my shoulders back, head lifted. I got three confirmations within a couple of seconds, indicating that it had been adjusted. The buzzing sensation was comparable to a cell phone on vibrate mode, which I found ticklish.
I decided to try the Lumo in coaching mode, which gives a strong buzz when lousy posture is employed. The buzz fades every few seconds until the proper posture is reestablished.
It was simple to enter coaching mode: press and hold for a few seconds until it beeps once. It’s that simple to turn it off. Press and hold until you hear two consecutive buzzes.
My workday had begun when I switched on my coaching mode. I used to sit at a desk throughout the day, but my posture took a beating as some of you read this.
With the gadget on, I made an effort to maintain a good posture while working, but sure enough, after 10 minutes into my job day, I received my first caution. I sat back to resume proper posture, and the sensor quit buzzing after I bent forward and was clearly in the incorrect.
The prospect of acquiring “buzzed,” which I must confess kept me sitting upright for most of my training session, intrigued me. I had become more conscious of my posture after learning that the senior was keeping track of me. I felt like I was participating in a Pavlov experiment for a while.
I deserve a buzz every time I lean forward or recline in my chair after that. I couldn’t sit entirely still because the sensor gave me an inch or two of leeway before it activated, so I didn’t have to.
I felt a succession of two buzzes just after an hour into my training session, which was supposed to end automatically. The app was used to set the session duration at 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 1 hour, and 4 hours.
I tried the coaching mode utilizing the app, which displayed either a red or green screen, depending on my current posture condition. While the coaching part of the app was not required because you will receive a buzz notification, I found the visualization to be beneficial. I could ensure that the program was “always on top” and keep track of my development while working at my computer.
I wondered how the Lumo Lift would perform after sitting for an extended period in coaching mode. I took a 45-minute stroll to see whether the gadget would inadvertently activate while walking. I didn’t detect any unusual buzzing during my stroll, which was excellent.
On day one, I completed my training session, and I declared it victorious. The buzzing became irritating at certain times of the day when my posture suffered because of tiredness. Still, it worked as expected, and I didn’t receive any unnecessary notifications other than a few instances where I had to stop to pick something off the floor.
Posture Alert Mode
Before attempting the more relaxed alert setting, I was ready to test the Lumo Lift in coaching mode, which didn’t give any leeway.
I used the app to start the posture alert mode and set an alert for two minutes and a timer that would remain on throughout the workday.
There was a tremendous difference in the number of times the alarm sounded during the first hour. I set the duration to two minutes and didn’t think it alerted enough, so I changed the setting to 1 minute, which seemed to be a good balance between being constantly warned and not being warned at all. I received a buzz whenever I leaned forward and stayed in that position for more than a minute throughout the day.
Because it does not automatically engage after detecting poor posture, I found this mode to be a more realistic alternative, especially in the first few days of using the Lumo Lift. After a week of sitting up straight on my own, I reverted to coaching mode.
How durable is the Lumo Lift? The product has a 5-day battery life and a two-hour charging time, among the longest of its kind.
While I typically kept the sensor on the charging dock at night, I decided to test how long the battery would last uncharged. Pressing the gadget once and noting the LED color is one way to check the battery status or use the app. The first informs you if the battery is below a 15% charge, while the latter shows you an exact figure.
I discovered that the battery lasted just over 4 days in coaching mode, which fell short of my expectations. I found that it would only survive for roughly 5 days when utilized simply as a monitoring tool (without alerts).
The time taken to charge the battery is dependent on how far it has been discharged.
Overall Opinion and Recommendation
It quickly became apparent why this product has generated so much buzz in recent months after spending three weeks with the Lumo Lift. It has been highlighted on ABC, NBC, the Wall Street Journal, and CNET, to name a few. In 2014, Time Magazine recognized the Lumo Lift as one of the best new inventions of 2014.
It’s the only posture tracker on the market that offers real-time feedback and measures more than just posture.
The app helped me keep track of my development each day. My posture was immediately affected by the prospect of being held accountable. Over time, I noticed an ongoing shift from slouching to mostly “remarkable” posture, which gave me confidence that my posture was improving.
While I’m not the most technologically inclined person, I found this product simple to set up and use. After receiving them, it took about 15 minutes for me to go through the guidelines and set up both the sensor and the app. The most challenging aspect was remembering to turn it on and off each day once the installation had been completed. There were a few times when I almost forgot to take it off my shirt.
The $80 price tag, in my opinion, seems to be reasonable given that the Lumo Lift is a posture trainer as well as a fitness tracker. The step counter, distance indicator, and calorie tally proved helpful.
The Lumo Lift is, without any doubt, the most effective posture-improving device I’ve ever tested. While a good deal of the support comes from an excellent posture, if it’s removed, your posture will eventually begin to fall since the muscles that keep you erect were not used and strengthened while wearing the brace. There’s some proof suggesting that using a posture aid may harm your posture since it takes the place of your muscles.
The Lumo Lift is a posture-correcting device that allows you to retrain your posture and sit up straight without the aid of support. There are no supports, no workouts, and no strange contraptions. Lumo Lift reminds you when you slouch, so sit up straight and let it remind you now and then. You may start to notice results after just a few days as you break free from your bad posture habits.
Overall, this product has received a “perfect 10” for its outstanding performance, simplicity of use, and reasonable price.
Pros vs. Cons
- Compact, light, and concealable
- Almost undetectable
- For easy tracking and analysis, it syncs with your phone.
- It’s a reasonable price.
- There’s a calorie counter, step counter, and distance tracker.
- You can control your settings with the Alerts tab.
- It retrains posture without causing brace dependency.
- Simply enough, Simply effective
- A charge generally lasts 5 days.
- Time Magazine named it a “best invention.”
- It’s compatible with Apple, Windows, and Android devices.
- Loose-fitting clothing is ineffective.
Do You Still Need Help Selecting a Posture Brace?
There are well over 100 different items available on the market right now, including posture supports and resistance trainers, biofeedback clothing, and other equipment. With so many to select from, selecting one that fulfills your needs may be challenging.
I compared the most popular posture braces to create this Posture brace comparison table, based on comfort, efficacy, and innovation criteria.