Founded in 2011, Lumo BodyTech uses smart sensors and software to help people improve their health. Lumo was founded by Stanford entrepreneurs Monisha Perkash, Dr. Charles Wang and Andrew Chang and is backed by Madrona Ventures, Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, and Jerry Yang’s AME.
Our story begins with one of our co-founders, Andrew, and his quest to find a solution for his bad back. He would often feel frustrated and less productive when his back was giving him trouble. Andrew tried many different solutions but nothing worked, until he took posture classes that taught him how to sit, stand, and sleep properly. Learning better posture has transformed his life. Not only does he feel better, he looks great too. This was the inspiration behind the company’s first product, Lumo Back, a wearable sensor and smartphone app for lower back posture and activity, which impacts back pain, fitness, confidence, and appearance.
Lumo Lift, the company’s second product, focuses on chest, shoulder, and upper back slouching, a big problem for many office workers who sit at desks all day long. Improving upper body posture also greatly improves appearance and confidence.
Andrew’s experience was the inspiration behind Lumo Back. We’re on a mission to give the body a voice, to amplify the body’s signals, using the latest sensor and mobile technologies. In doing so, we hope to positively transform the lives of millions of other people too.
Press for Lumo Lift and Lumo Back
03.26.14 Wired: A New Breed of Wearables Will Give You Data You Can Actually Use
03.04.14 Wall Street Journal: Wearable Devices Getting More Niche
02.27.14 CBC News: Wearable Gadget Reminds Users to Stand Up Straight
02.19.14 ShopLocket: ShopLocket Talks to Monisha Perkash, Co-Founder & CEO of Lumo BodyTech
02.05.14 TechCrunch: Lumo Lift Wearable Seeing Upwards Of 400 Pre-Orders Per Day As Campaign Nears $1M
02.04.14 Fast Co. Exist: Does This Posture-Sensing Device Really Keep You Sitting Up Straight?
02.04.14 LIVE with Kelly and Michael: “Consumer Electronics Show Gadgets”
01.31.14 CNBC: “This Gadget Nudges You To Stand Tall”
01.20.14 Crowdfund Insider: “After Crowdfunding Success, Lumo BodyTech Giving Back to Charities”
01.18.14 Mobile Syrup: “Lumo BodyTech Launches New Wearable That Will Lift You Up”
01.09.14 CNET: “Lumo Lift, a Digital Reminder to Stop Slouching”
01.09.14 GottaBeMobile: “Lumo Lift: The Most Important Wearable Tech at CES 2014″
01.08.14 Time: “Lumo Lift: Wearable Gadget Buzzes When You’re Not Sitting Up Straight”
01.07.14 Wall Street Journal: “Where to Wear Your Technology? Torso to Toe”
01.07.14 TechHive: “Lumo’s Lift Reminds You to Stand Up Straight More Discreetly Than Mom Can”
01.07.14 MobiHealthNews: “Lumo to Crowdfund Lift, a Smaller, More Wearable Posture Tracker”
01.07.14 TechCrunch: “Lumo BodyTech Introduces The Lift: A Small, Stylish Wearable for Better Posture”
01.07.14 Engadget: “Lumo Lift is an Activity Tracker That Vibrates When it Detects Bad Posture”
01.07.14 Geek Sugar: “Lumo Lift Gadget”
11.13.13 Zest: “Best Fitness Trackers”
11.06.13 Pocket-Lint: “LumoBack will correct your sitting posture and stop back pain using smart sensors and vibrations”
10.23.13 Business Insider: “The Lumoback Posture Sensor: It’s Like RunKeeper For Crooked People”
10.15.13 ABC News: “Company creates device designed to improve posture”
10.08.13 Venture Beat: “Sitting is the New Smoking – 60% of Americans Suffer from Silicon Valley Syndrome”
09.12.13 Mashable: “3 Days with a Posture-Correcting Wearable Gadget”
09.10.13 Fox Business: “Bad Posture? There’s an App for That!”
09.06.13 O Magazine: “3 Gadgets That Lead to a Happier, Healthier Life”
08.15.13 KRON 4 News: “App Helps with Posture”
08.14.13 GigaOM: “LUMOback’s latest anti-slouching sensor takes on activity trackers with new metrics”
08.13.13 Wall Street Journal: “Device Nags You To Sit Up Straight”
07.20.13 USA Today: “Perk Up Your Workday with New Gadgets”
07.15.13 All Things D: “LUMOback Creators Want to Help You Stand Taller”
06.25.13 7×7: “The Best of Tech, 2013″
06.13.13 HardWired with iJustine: “LUMOback: HardWired”
05.30.13 CNBC: “The ‘Next Big Things’ in Wearable Tech”
05.11.13 New York Times: “The Posture Guru of Silicon Valley“
04.30.13 PopSugar: “3 Tools for a Taller, Thinner You“
03.20.13 Men’s Fitness: “8 Bluetooth 4.0 Fitness Gadgets”
03.15.13 WIRED: “LUMOback: Posture Police“
01.14.13 Wall Street Journal: “Can Good Vibrations Perfect Your Posture?“
07.12.12 Mashable: “This Sensor Can Save Your Posture“
07.12.12 Engadget: “LUMOback Smart Sensor Hands On“
07.5.12 Huffington Post: “Lumoback Offers Posture-Improving Device To End Slouching“
09.14.11 VentureBeat: “LUMOback has a mobile solution for perfect posture“
Features of LUMOback
LUMOback delivers real-time posture and body movement feedback, empowering you to make small, incremental changes that can have a significant impact on your health.
Complete Control of the Buzz
The LUMOback sensor gives an immediate, gentle buzz when you slouch, nudging you to sit up straight. Switch between two modes and make the buzz work for you.
Set the sensor to Pulse mode and the sensor buzzes gently until you move into good posture.
Set the sensor to Buzz Once and the sensor vibrates once, each time you move into bad posture.
Track and compare your daily activities like steps taken, running, sitting, standing, and sleeping.
Slim, light sensor. No one knows you’re wearing it. Even you may forget!
Sensor lasts up to 6 days on a single charge.
iOS compatible with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod Touch (5th generation and up), iPad (3rd or 4th gen), iPad Air, iPad Mini with Retina Display, and iPad Mini.
Slouch vs. Straight Tracking
See how much you slouch vs. sit straight. View your posture progress over time in an easy “posture score” format.
Sit Time vs Active Tracking
Understand how much time you spend sitting vs. being active each day; Set and achieve your goals to sit less.
Stand Up Tracking
See how many times per day you stand up; Get better at taking this small step toward being more active.
Motivate and measure your daily walking and running; See how much distance you cover and the calories you burn each day; Set goals on number of steps and hit your daily targets.
Sleep Position Tracking
See how you slumber; Track back, front, left, and right each night and assess sleep quality.
Ready to Try?
Thin, Comfy Belt
Wear it over or under your clothes—be as discreet as you’d like.
Get in-the-moment posture feedback when you slouch; Enable yourself to sit up straight or stand tall in the moment when it matters.
See real-time corrections to perfect your posture.
Personalize LUMOback for your lifestyle; Set the vibration frequency to your liking.
Track your time in the car and keep it separate from your posture score.