Let’s face it: I have terrible posture. If you ever visit the Addapp office, you will probably find me slouching at my desk. My signature slouch goes way back, and all that bad posture has added up: Sometimes I experience lower back pain. While I’m not a doctor, I have a hunch (pun intended!) that it is tied to my poor posture. So when I heard about a device that aims to improve posture, I was eager to give it a try.
Lumo Lift is a “Posture and Activity Coach” made by Lumo BodyTech that you can magnetically attach to your shirt, right next to your collarbone. It has an accompanying app for iOS and Android and a Windows desktop version and retails for $79.
3 Things I like About Lumo Lift:
1. Look and Feel
The Lumo Lift is well-designed: small, modern and light-weight. I could wear the white-colored sensor with any outfit, and people would either overlook it or think I’m wearing some sort of pin. Lumo Bodytech has also developed “clasps” for purchase that let you change the color or placement of the sensor. If you would prefer not to wear it on an outer layer of clothing, one type of clasp can allow you to attach it to your bra or undershirt. I didn’t try out any clasps, but I like the idea of not being limited to a certain style.
2. Easy, Breezy Set-Up
All it took was inputting a few pieces of information like first and last name, age, height, and weight, putting Lumo Lift by my collar bone and double-tapping to align it, and sitting up straight. Voila!
3. Posture Awareness (To a Certain Extent)
While wearing Lumo Lift, I appreciated how much I was aware of my posture. Even if the Lumo Lift didn’t think I had good posture (more on that later), I barely slumped while it was on my body, and had better posture for longer periods of time than ever before. Every time the Lumo Lift detected poor posture, it would buzz, so my goal for better posture also meant fewer buzzes and less distractions. At first it was a fun game! How long can I go without buzzing? But I soon discovered that my efforts were futile, and things got frustrating…
4 Things I Didn’t Like:
1. Need More Information
With Lumo Lift, you can set how frequently your sensor buzzes if you have poor posture that does not get corrected: every ten seconds, every minute, every two minutes, and so forth. I set my Lumo Lift to ten-second intervals because I figured my posture couldn’t be that bad if I was constantly sitting up rod-straight—but lo and behold, it still went off every ten seconds without fail. I wanted more context into each buzz: Why do I have bad posture at this very moment, and how should I correct it? Do I need to sit up straighter? Put my shoulders back? Tighten my core? All of the above? Give me more, Lumo! The sensor fails to live up to its “Coach” persona: If I can’t pinpoint where my posture needs room for improvement, it’s probably not going to improve. And furthermore, if I tried correcting it as best I can and the sensor still thinks I have bad posture, then I’m lost. The app makes you test the sensor to ensure it was aligned, which worked, but beyond that, I could not get my posture to be “correct.” I also had no idea what Lumo BodyTech’s formula was for good posture, which made it harder for me to trust the sensor.
2. Please turn off!
Have you ever heard of an app or device that you can’t turn off? Me neither—until I met Lumo Lift. Yep, that’s right: Instead of turning off, Lumo Lift goes into “sleep mode,” and only when it is on a flat surface. As soon as it detects motion, it turns right back on. I was on the bus home from work when I suddenly felt my backpack buzzing every ten seconds in my lap. I contacted Lumo BodyTech’s customer service department to make sure I wasn’t missing something, and they kindly let me know that there really is no “off” button. I can’t think of a reason why a device like this shouldn’t have an off button, which makes me far less likely to use it.
3. Unnecessary Features
In addition to providing posture awareness/”coaching,” Lumo Lift also tracks your steps. What that has anything to do with my posture, I’m not sure. I would love to see how they correlate with each other, or how I can improve my posture when I’ve been more active. The activity tracking feature feels like an afterthought. Every app/wearable has an activity tracker these days; if you are going to tack activity tracking on to a more single-focused device, at least make their connection more clear.
4. Inaccurate Messaging
The activity tracker (which, by the way, tracked my steps while it was in sleep mode and when I wasn’t wearing it—kinda creepy), told me, “You’ve been Super Active” so far that day, when I had only walked about 2,700 steps. Really? The most walking I had done by that point was my usual walk to work. I would have expected to hear that message at around 15,000 steps or more. The way Lumo Lift portrayed my posture wasn’t right, either—I had only put the device on for the first time about an hour ago when I took the below screenshot, but the app said, “Your posture’s been slouchy Since 9h.” That doesn’t add up.
Would I recommend Lumo Lift?
If you are looking to be more aware of your posture, this could be a good device for you. Ultimately, though, I hesitate to recommend the Lumo Lift due to its inaccuracies, inability to turn off and lack of advice. I do hope that Lumo BodyTech continues to improve this product, as I can see it being a more solid product down the road that can help all of us with poor posture.
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