One of the differences between wearables and a lot of other technology, is that they require you to make the effort to change things about your life, rather than the technology doing it for you. That’s very different from the way things like PCs or smartphones of the past have done, giving you new functions of your existence. Wearables just give you little nudges to help you along, which is apt in this case, as that’s exactly that the Lumo does: gives you a little reminder.
The Lumo Lift is a very different type of product from many wearables, being perhaps the most subtle of the bunch and designed specifically to be kept out of sight if you so choose. It fits to your shirt or top with a little magnetic pin and provides a couple of very simple functions. Firstly, it helps improve your posture, alertness and your confidence, by reminding you to sit up or stand up straight and hold your head high.
It does this by tracking your body’s motion and current position using little in-built sensors in the device. Then, if it feels you dropping your chin down, or rolling your shoulders, it will give you a little vibration to remind you to stand up straight and hold yourself high. This, according to the developers, releases hormones in your body that inspire confidence and make you feel better about yourself. It’s also good for your spine and muscular strength.
Beyond this though, Lift also works like a traditional activity tracker, handling calories burned, steps taken, distance travelled and all those fun metrics that make exercise that bit easier. The difference is, the Lift stays with you throughout the day, giving you little pick-me-ups when needed.
The internal battery lasts for up to five days and can be recharged in as little as two hours and the Lift comes in a variety of colour options for you to pick from.
As it stands, the Lumo Lift is up for pre-order for $75, though there aren’t many left. When it retails, it will go for $99, or just under £60.
The Lumo Lift makes a lot of claims for a product that just vibrates a little when it feels you slouching. If that doesn’t become annoying, it could potentially be an interesting product, but it all depends how long you want to listen to it, and like smiling when you’re sad to generate a feeling of wellness, I wonder whether the hormone release it’s discussing becomes lessened over time as you use forced posture changes to substitute things like back exercises, or better sleep to maintain improved posture long term.
I’d be interested in giving the Lift a try. It’s an interesting idea and could have some potential for those that find themselves looking at the floor a lot, but it seems to me there might be further issues that need addressing beyond just reminding them to look up a bit more.