Recently, I threw out my back. Currently, I can either lie down, stand, or sit at an awkward angle, and that’s pretty much it. Thus, needless to say I have suddenly developed an intense interest in back support and care regimens, which is why I bring you the Lumo, a device that two weeks ago seemed vaguely silly but now has my full, undivided attention.
The Lumoback is actually fairly simple in how it works. You strap the sensor onto your back; it’s fairly discreet and has a low profile, so nobody will notice that you’ve got a bunch of wires and sensors riding your tailbone. If you slouch, it will vibrates slightly, letting you know that hey, buddy, you’re trashing your back. The sensors actually monitor your pelvis, trying to ensure that you get a neutral pelvic alignment: Essentially, ensuring that your weight is evenly spread, not resting on one leg or the other, slouched over, etc.
There’s also an app, currently only for iOS, which both serves as the brain of the device, and also will track your posture over time. So, if you find yourself with an improving back, or if there’s something making it worse, you’ll be able to track exactly where your pelvis is at all time. It’s generally only over the last month: That’s how long the sensor can store data
Uh, maybe we should rephrase that.
Anyway, the idea is that as you improve your posture over time, you’ll see the health benefits of standing up straight, which range for less back pain to seeming more physically attractive and confident to people, mostly because you’re standing straight.
Whether or not that’s actually the case is an open question to some doctors, but, hell, it certainly can’t hurt. If you’re sick of slouching and want to start impressing people, the Lumoback will run you $149
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.