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Buffalo Gear: LUMOBack Wants To Improve Your Posture

by Brandon Russell | September 1, 2013September 1, 2013 5:00 pm PST

Even before I started sitting in front of a computer all day, I had bad posture. Not Quasimodo bad, but a lot worse than most. Having to keep my eyes on news feeds for hours on end certainly doesn’t help—what do you think I’m doing right now?—but I may have finally found an answer to all my problems. Technology can be a wonderful thing.

LUMOBack is a position sensor designed to help users stop their chronic slouching. Basically, you strap the sensor around your waste, and it’ll immediately start measuring your posture; if you start slouching over, LUMO will vibrate to let you know. The hardest part about fixing bad posture is consciously knowing you’re actually slouching over—LUMO is a constant (annoying) reminder that you need to sit up straight. The device’s capabilities go beyond that, too.

In addition to buzzing when you slouch, LUMO constantly collects information, telling you how many steps you’ve taken and how many times you’ve stood up in a day—all of this can then me accessed through an iOS companion app. The app gamifies the experience slightly, giving you a posture score that you can then compare to other LUMO users; there’s also a mocking little man that changes colors in the app depending on your posture.

If anything, LUMO is something that could help us become more self-aware while we’re stuck in front of a computer all day long. I’ll go through stretches where I attempt to correct myself all day long, but I’ll eventually forget about it and start slouching again the next day. LUMO at least means well, though since I haven’t personally given it a try, I’m not sure if it works well or not. At $150, I don’t think I’ll be giving it a shot anytime soon. But any technology that is designed for the betterment of humanity I can get behind.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.