Review of Lumo Lift
Amidst the myriad of different trackers and smartwatches on the market, it’s fast becoming hard to tell any one from the other. They all seem to offer the same standard or higher end metrics and features, but the Lumo Lift from Lumo BodyTech offers something a little different. Not just another tracker you wear on your wrist, it’s billed as a posture coach that you wear on your t-shirt and will also track your steps as you move around your day. But how does it stand up to its competitors (sorry, couldn’t resist)…
WHAT IS TRACKED?
The Lumo Lift measures two things, your step count and the time you’ve spent in what it defines as ‘good posture’ throughout the day. The former is fairly standard these days, but the latter is an interesting differentiator. The Lumo Lift achieves the measurement thanks to its placement on your clothes in line with the collar bone. You then give it a baseline measurement of ‘good’ body position when you put it on and off you go about your day.
The steps measurement is as accurate as any other option out there, which is reassuring given its worn in a very different position to most of its competitors. The posture figure also appeared to be pretty accurate from what I could see. I’m someone with generally bad posture, so it was interesting to see how Lumo thought I was doing and how the ‘coach’ function was able to improve my habits over the couple of weeks of testing.
The Lumo Lift app is only available on iOS currently and has a simple interface that gives you the data up front for your day. It’s not going to win design awards, but it doesn’t have to in my view as long as it does what it needs to do, which it does. At time of writing the app only has integration with MyFitnessPal, which seems a little minimal given the growing number of options out there, but I’m sure the BodyTech team are working on others – not least Apple’s own health service. Overall thought, the app does what it needs to do.
The device is an interesting idea and while it initially felt a little odd to wear something near my collar bone, I soon got used to it and largely forgot it was there unless I was checking my posture.
Initial set-up of the bluetooth sync was simple enough and thereafter the Lift happily synced with my phone whenever I wanted to check how I was doing with my posture and step count for the day. I will say that the time to sync felt like it took a little longer than most, but this could also be the anticipation of waiting for the results and feeling like I was being tested in some way too. Finally, the bluetooth sync was beholden to the odd glitch, but no more so though any other device I’ve tried over the years.
The Lumo Lift takes around 2 hours to take a full charge and will then last for 3-4 days – largely depending on how much of the coach function you use. This battery life was a little disappointing to be completely honest, as I expect most devices to last at least to the week mark. But given the size and weight constraints it has due to it’s location when worn, it’s understandable they went for the lighter and shorter life option.
The Lumo Lift is available for £79.99, placing it right in the heart of the ‘entry level’ trackers. This is the perfect position for it to try and woo people to the additional benefit of better posture, as a higher price tag on that would likely have to do a lot more. The tracker is also sturdily built and nicely designed, so £80 feels about the right price point for what you get.
All in all, the Lumo Lift does what it says on the tin and does it rather well I have to say. It offers a new experience of how to wear a tracker and also, as someone with a bad back myself, a genuinely useful way to improve my posture at work. As I’ve already said the the tracker is sturdily built and thoughtfully designed with the wearer in mind. Both of these points are proven by the fact that I even forgot I was wearing it one days and it ended up in the washing machine…only to survive!
Ultimately, the question is did it improve my posture? I genuinely think it did over the few weeks that I wore it, but does this mean it will replace my wrist-worn device? I don’t think so, not at the moment at least, but it is certainly a compliment to it and I’ll continue to use it for short bursts to keeps my posture honest.