Lumo is opening up its secret tech so others can build interesting wearables

Expect clothes, jewellery and medical devices
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Fitness and posture wearables company Lumo Bodytech has announced it's opening up its technology to allow third parties to use its platform with their own products.

Lumo, creator of the Lumo Lift posture aid and Lumo Run smart running shorts, says it's cracking open its Motion Science Platform, which includes algorithms, sensors and general know-how for improving posture and running form.

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This will allow other companies to integrate Lumo's brains into everything from clothes to jewellery. We don't yet know who will be partnering with Lumo, but it says it's working with some "top sports apparel" names, as well as partners in pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

That last one is particularly interesting, as Lumo's tech could potentially turn up in ways that are specific to healthcare. Lumo mentioned that the algorithms in the Lumo Run could be used in gait analysis and fall detection, while those for the Lumo Lift and Back posture devices could help in environments where a lot of heavy lifting is required.

Wherever it turns up, it seems like this is could be a savvy decision for Lumo to make right now. It's also a move we've seen from other names in the space, including smart clothes maker Sensoria and sports watch company Suunto.

Lumo is opening up its secret tech so others can build interesting wearables

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Now at Business Insider, Hugh originally joined Wareable from TechRadar where he’d been writing news, features, reviews and just about everything else you can think of for three years.

Hugh is now a correspondent at Business Insider.

Prior to Wareable, Hugh freelanced while studying, writing about bad indie bands and slightly better movies. He found his way into tech journalism at the beginning of the wearables boom, when everyone was talking about Google Glass and the Oculus Rift was merely a Kickstarter campaign - and has been fascinated ever since.

He’s particularly interested in VR and any fitness tech that will help him (eventually) get back into shape. Hugh has also written for T3, Wired, Total Film, Little White Lies and China Daily.

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