The Lumo Back and Lumo Lift
Health tech company Lumo has two products designed to help people improve their posture. The Lumo Back is a sensor that you strap around your waists. Every time you slouch, the sensor will buzz. The connected app allows users to see amount of time they’ve slouched and gives an overall “posture score.”
Ariel Schwartz, who tried out the product for Fast Co. Exist, reported: “According to the sensor, my posture while working is terrible and so I received a buzz every few minutes. Even while standing up, the sensor buzzed me. On the toilet, it buzzed me. The buzzing never ended, and so I had to remove the device altogether more than a few times.”
But despite this discomfort, the Lumo Back did work: Schwartz said she started to sit a little bit taller. Unfortunately, with a price tag of $150, this app, which can also keep track of the amount of steps a user takes, is best used by those most serious about posture improvements.
Lumo’s second product, on the other hand, is a bit less involved and costs less, too. You can preorder the Lumo Lift (it ships in spring) for just $69. It consists of an app and smaller device that can be clipped magnetically to anywhere on the chest area. While the Lumo Back focuses on lower back posture, the Lumo Lift monitors the upper body, the part of the body most affected by being hunched over a keyboard all day. Like the Lumo Back, the Lumo Lift will buzz when posture is bad.