We initially met Andrew Chang– one of the co-founders behind LUMOback– when he approached us at the end of our panel at SXSW and offered to show us his brilliant posture sensing unit. He was wearing it right then and demoed it for us on the spot. We were pleased adequate to keep in touch. Quick forward four months and the device has introduced on Kickstarter and already exceeded its $ 100,000 financing objective. We recently caught up with Andrew to discover a little more about the device’s progression from mockup to pre-production and to get some hands-on time.
While we didn’t get the chance to use the smart posture sensor ourselves, Andrew offered us a complete rundown and brought along various iterations of the tool which you’ll discover in the picture gallery below. LUMOback is an 8.5 mm thick device approximately the size of a bank card that’s worn like a belt and rests against your lower back. It’s packed with sensors, a vibration motor, an iOS-compatible Bluetooth 4.0 LE radio and a Li-Ion battery which supplies about 4 days of operation on a charge. The only noticeable components are a solitary capacitive button, an LED and a micro-USB charging port. It’s splash resistant and features a modifiable elastic band.
The hardware may be intriguing, however it’s the computer software that truly makes LUMOback useful. Paired with an iOS device over Bluetooth, the brilliant posture sensor monitors if you’re running, walking, standing, sitting or laying down. When you’re standing or sitting, it knows if you’re slouching and optionally notifies you by trembling. It also measures exactly how much you’re slouching and to which side, and recognizes if you’re laying on your stomach, back, left or right side. Greatest of all, the app logs your posture over time, provides you comments, and lets you diary exactly how you feel. There’s a social networking element as well, and you have the ability to share a couple of that info with others.
Andrew and his team are still tweaking the hardware and the software application (absolutely nothing we saw is concluded yet), but the LUMOback brilliant posture sensor ought to cost between $ 100 and $ 125 when it ships this fall. Hit the break for our hands on video recording, and make sure to check into the screenshots gallery below.
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