You’ve probably heard more than enough about fitness trackers and sleep trackers, but have you ever heard of a posture tracker? A new device called the Lumo Lift will let you know when you’re slouching, how bad your posture is, and how you can improve it.
The makers of the Lift claim that posture will help you get the love of your life and improve your job position, but, more than that, most of us just slouch too much, and that’s bad for our overall health.
How the Lumo Lift Works
The device is small in size (about the size of a pebble). Users can place the device underneath a shirt and near the collarbone area. Functions include an “align” mode and a “coaching sessions” mode. The align mode tracks a user’s posture throughout the day, and it keeps track of how good or bad posture is. At the end of the day, users can look back at the log to determine whether or not they slouch too much.
The coaching sessions feature keeps track of a user’s slouching throughout the day, and sends vibrations to a user if they are slouching too much. The idea here is that with enough vibrations, you’ll soon learn not to slouch. It’s kind of like a cattle prod, but much less violent (still effective, though, I’m assuming!). The Lumo Lift also has a pedometer, so it can track how many steps you take in a day as well as your posture (though I’m not sure that the pedometer addition was really necessary).
The Lumo Lift can synch with an iPhone app via Bluetooth, so that you can track activity over the course of a day, week, or month. The company has told press that it is working on an Android app as well. Other than the calibrating that’s required after every time the device is worn ( a simple double press of a button), the Lift works on its own and never really bothers you (unless you put it in coaching mode, and then you can set it to an hour or more, but the length of time it sends vibrations down your spine is really up to you).
Who Might Like the Lift
Most people aren’t concerned about posture, but should they be? Possibly. There are a whole lot of fitness trackers on the market, so it’s hard to see buying the Lift just for that purpose (though you can track steps and calories effectively with the Lift). But studies have shown that having bad posture can lead to a bad spine and all kinds of other physical problems (not to mention psychological issues that you may not even know about!).
So, maybe the Lift is what you should be looking it. Or, maybe you can just give this to your teen, so that they can stop slouching.
The only drawback to the Lift is the price. At $99 (Amazon), it’s hard to see a lot of people purchasing this slouching tracker.