Lumo Lift review

The activity tracker that wants you to sit up straight
Lumo Lift

Lumo BodyTech, the maker of the Lumo Back posture aid, is back for a second bite of the wearable cherry with the Lumo Lift – a square Misfit Shine-esque device that will not only stop you slouching, but also acts as an activity tracker; counting your steps, distance and calories.

But does the Lumo Lift do as its makers claim. Is this reviewer sitting straighter then even while writing this review?

Read on to find out…

Lumo Lift: Design and wearability

Attaching to your clothing using a lapel-style magnetic clasp, the Lumo Lift, like its predecessor (which required strapping around the lower back), uses an algorithm to detect posture and gives you vibration alerts if you should be sitting or standing a little taller. It tracks core position, upper body position and other nuances of posture.

The technology is built into the electroplated thermoset plastic tracker, which measure 44.5 x 25.4mm, is 12.7mm thick and weighs 11.5g. The visible part is the aluminium clasp that is just 2.5mm thick and weighs only a gram. So in total you're only looking at a device that weighs 12.5g; so it's not exactly going to be a strain on your back or make your clothing sag.

Lumo Lift review

There are a range of colours; the tracker itself comes in black, white or silver and you can team this up with 10 different shades for the clasp – making it easy to match with your outfit. You can even, we're told, get your own strong magnet and fully personalise the clasp.

On the tracker, the clasp sits tight with the same-sized square button – the only physical control of the setup.

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Ideally you need to wear the Lift an inch or so below your collarbone and it works better if you have tight fitting clothes. Ladies could use a bra-strap; chaps – you better get yourselves down Abercrombie to pick up some muscle t-shirts, as we found it just didn't work as well with a regular fitted shirt. We also had issues with our bag strap inadvertently pushing the Lift's button, so it's a shame there's only one recommended position.

Lumo Lift: Posture aid

The Lumo needs to be told exactly what you consider good posture to be. It's easy enough to do that, simply pop it on and double tap the button (using the clasp to push it down). You'll feel three vibration buzzes and you're away. You can realign it at anytime using the same method, which is useful as sitting and standing postures are obviously quite different.

That's it. Your posture will be tracked during the day and, when you check on the Lumo Lift app (now available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone) you'll get a rating of just how well you're posture is performing, with a word to describe it (in our case, often not a nice one) and a cumulative time score based against your goal.

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For a more intense posture training session you can initiate 'coaching' mode; whether that be for an hour or a whole day. Again, it's easy to setup with a long press of the button all that is needed.

In this mode the Lumo Lift will buzz everytime you move from your aligned position. And we mean every time. The Lumo Lift is a bully; a draconian, oppressive being that demands perfection. If your posture slips, it will buzz. Incessantly. As someone with pretty bad posture we found we couldn't go five seconds without a scolding in coaching mode.

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The trouble is there's no in-between. We would have liked posture reminders every five minutes or so. But without coaching mode off, there's just the app score to worry about (which you often forget about) and with it on, it was too intrusive.

Lumo Lift: Activity tracking

The app also records steps, distance and calories, using a mixture of the sensors on board and calculations based on the details you enter for your profile, such as size, sex, age and weight.

We were testing the Lumo Lift at that same time as the Garmin Vivosmart, a fitness tracker that we know had good distance tracking as we measured it against a GPS running watch.

With the Lift, over a week period, we only found discrepancies against the Vivosmart of around 5-10%, making it a fairly reliable basic activity tracker as well.

There's no sleep tracking on board, though – so if you're in the market for a wearable to help you with your zeds, the Lift isn't for you.

Lumo Lift: App

As mentioned, the app is iOS only and is quite basic. There are only a few displays and there's no analysis of either posture or your activities on board. You can simply choose to see your stats on a daily basis by swiping left or right, see basic graphs labelled 'Trends' or see a text-based hour-by-hour report.

Unlike other apps in this genre, there are no social aspects such as Facebook or Twitter updating, and there's no way of brining in third party services.

Lumo Lift: Battery life and charging

The battery is a lithium polymer one and you'll get five days of use on a full charge; a charge that goes from zero to full in under two hours.

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To charge, you simply pop the tracker part of the Lift into the magnetic cradle, which is attached to a USB cable.

There's 32MB on board the Lumo Lift, which doesn't sound a great deal but that's enough to store four weeks worth of data if you don't get around to syncing it.

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Ultimately, the Lumo Lift succeeds. It will without doubt improve your posture….if you don’t throw it out of the window first. The algorithms on board definitely work when it comes to straightening you up; even a slight slouch is met with immediate retribution. Think of it as a tiny drill sergeant; one that demands perfection, all of the time. The activity tracking is pretty accurate, although it does it feels like its makers have tagged the step and calorie counting options on there simply because they thought they should as that’s what everyone else is doing. For around the same money you could nab a Fitbit Flex and we can’t help feeling that a Lift at half the price, with just posture training, wouldn’t have been a better proposition.

  • Posture detection definitely works
  • Small and discrete
  • Decent battery life
  • Step counting pretty accurate
  • No middle ground for posture training
  • Needs tight fitting clothes
  • App is very basic
  • No sleep monitoring


  • biteme says:

    hahaha Guys... Fail!

    There is little debate these days that 'slouching' is actually GOOD!

    Studies in European schools have repeatedly proven it.

    Sitting straight to solve the problems caused by sitting straight! How 1950!

    Thanks for the laugh.

    • p.lamkin says:

      Yep. Bad posture = good health. It's what all the great minds are saying. 

      • ANM says:

        Reference, please!

  • Anomoly says:

    Seems like it would be fun at first... and then get annoying. 

  • Me3 says:

    disappointing.  Only works when one remains mostly still and needs realigning every time you stand or sit.  So if you are constantly up and down all day, it can't correct.  Just can't seem to get it to work right.  I've aligned it and purposely slouched to see if after the time I set that it would buzz.  Nothing.  Frustrating

  • shawn says:

    They must have listened.  The posture coach can be turned off or on,  Also, they now have the length of poor posture reminder every 5 seconds to every 5 minutes (at least).

  • Moko says:

    Mine fell off and was lost aftet 4 days wear.  Am about to look at cost for replacement but not expect expecting much.

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