Monisha Perkash, CEO and Co-Founder at Lumo BodyTech
Today’s Friday Interview features the co-founder and CEO of Lumo BodyTech Monisha Perkash, the creators of the Lumo Lift posture coaching device (currently being tried out by the PixelHealth team, so a full review to follow). So without further ado, let’s get to the interview:
PH: HI MONISHA, COULD YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT LUMO LIFT IS?
MP: Good posture is a remarkably powerful force that can improve your appearance and make you look and feel more confident – Lumo Lift is a revolutionary, beautiful wearable that coaches you toward better posture through gentle vibrations when you slouch. It also tracks your steps, distance, and calories throughout the day, and syncs with a companion app for iOS and Windows that allows you to monitor your progress over time. Lumo Lift is small and lightweight, worn with interchangeable magnetic clasps that allow you to showcase your style and personality.
PH: HOW DOES LUMO BODYTECH MAKE MONEY?
MP: Lumo BodyTech makes money through sales of Lumo Lift devices and accessories.
PH: WHAT’S COMING NEXT FROM LUMO BODYTECH?
MP: Most recently, we’re excited to announce the release of our beautiful Swarovski crystal jewellery clasps, as well as our desktop app for Windows. Lumo BodyTech’s mission is to give the body a voice and help people be their best selves. To that end, we are always working on new ways to track body movement in real-time and help people improve their daily lives. We’re passionate about improving health and fighting against the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, but you can look forward to seeing some exciting new innovations in our future!
PH: WHAT DO YOU PERSONALLY TRACK ON A DAILY BASIS?
MP: I am a life-long athlete and passionate about finding ways to live a healthy, active and fulfilling life. I think there is tremendous potential in technology to support that goal. I use my Lumo Lift to track the distance, steps and calories burned during my runs. I also track my activity during the workday, making sure I rotate my time between moving, standing and sitting in good posture. The default goal for Good Posture hours in the Lumo Lift app is four hours, but I try to get closer to six when I can. I keep track of my calories through MyFitnessPal, which connects to the Lumo Lift, but to be honest I am not a very strict calorie counter. My approach to health is to adapt small behavior habits that add up to an overall healthy lifestyle.
PH: LASTLY, WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE FUTURE OF SELF QUANTIFICATION?
MP: We’re already starting to glimpse the future as self quantification tools move away from being separate wearable devices and start becoming completely ingrained in our everyday lives and everyday objects, such as our clothing, jewellery and homes. Right now, a lot of wearables on the market are competing for space on the wrist. In the future, we’ll see “wearable technology” become almost invisible.