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The Lumo Lift posture corrector from Lumo Bodytech is a small, unobtrusive biofeedback device that can be worn discretely under your clothes near the collar bone.
Lumo Lift offers two primary functions: the “coaching sessions”, that monitor your position and remind you in the form of vibrations when you slouch; and “align” mode, which keeps a record of your posture throughout the day and rates it.
In addition it includes a pedometer, which measures the miles and distance in steps that the user walks, calculates the calories burned, and syncs with an Android or iPhone app via Bluetooth to evaluate the data.
Every time the Lumo Lift is worn you need to calibrate it with a double press of the button when you are in the preferred position, vibrating three times to confirm. The unit then recognizes and remembers this position, and uses it to measure how often you slip out of it.
By continuously monitoring how often the user moves from the correct position, the Lumo Lift rates your posture as “slouchy”, “good”, or “remarkable”.
Your personal posture coach
This nifty little biofeedback device really comes into its own with its coaching function, which is designed to train you into the habit of sitting up straight. This coaching function works really well, and it can be activated either by pressing and holding the device for three seconds, after it is aligned, or through the iPhone or Android app.
The coaching sessions last between five minutes and four hours, with the Lumo Lift vibrating every time you slouch or lean forward. The tracker will either buzz continuously until you revert to a good posture, or it can just buzz once on the first detection of slouching.
Because it only vibrates when you really slouch and get out of position, it is not annoying.
Back pain relief
I spend a lot of time sitting behind a computer and I found the Lumo Lift really useful to improve my posture at my desk, and noticed a considerable relief from back pain.
It was quite revealing to discover how frequently I hunkered over the monitor or slumped over the keyboard, and the coaching sessions were excellent to help me change my bad sitting habits.
To help you stay motivated the app’s background changes colors and flashes up messages in mid-session such as: “this is what we like to call winning!” or “you’re a rockstar!”
The Lumo Lift’s pedometer is quite basic and I would not buy this device if I was looking for a good fitness tracker – that is clearly not its primary purpose. That being said, it does collect the distance you’ve walked, how many calories you’ve burnt, and it rates how active you’ve been.
The Lumo Lift is nicely designed – it is small, lightweight and minimalistic.
You can wear it in two different ways: First with the main body of the device against your skin under a shirt or blouse and the square magnet clipped to the outside of the garment to keep the Lumo Lift in place. It does not work well with very loose garments, but the only thing that is visible when you wear it is the little square magnet and a slight bulge where it sits. The Lumo Lift also comes with a clip that is intended to attach the device to a bra strap, but according to my wife it is very fiddly and does not work very well.
The Lumo Lift posture corrector costs $99 in white, black or silver with black and silver magnets. Extra magnets in a variety of colors and styles to suit different outfits can be bought separately.
The Lumo Lift works! The importance of keeping a correct posture has become a popular issue in our office-based world – and for $99, this little biofeedback machine is an awesome tool to help you take better care of your back. If slouching at your desk is something that is literally bringing you down, the Lumo Lift is certainly worth considering. For an all round health and fitness device, look elsewhere.
- Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.5 x 1.3 cm
- Weight: 14g
- Battery life: 4 to 5 days
- Charge time: 2 hours
Pros: good habit forming, easy to use, 4-day battery life, attractive
Cons: fitness tracking quite basic, fiddely bra clip