When I started reading about Lumoback's Kickstarter campaign this morning, my left foot was curled under my right thigh and my back was slouched so far forward it was almost cartoonish. A few sentences in and I was sitting tall, but by the end of the page a few minutes later I was back to my old ways, an offense I'll surely pay for in ibuprofen costs in the years to come.
, the sensor and app that hopes to rise above its competition. (Yes, there are several sensors and apps aimed at improving posture.) And having hit its $100,000 goal in a matter of days, with 26 left on the calendar, it looks like it will at the very least see a round of production.
The brainchild of three Stanford grads -- an engineer, physician, and entrepreneur -- Lumoback is essentially a sleek little waistband that tracks movement data and syncs wirelessly to an iPhone 4S or new iPad. The team says it's prioritizing support for Android as well.
In addition to the vibrating sensor, the cute little LUMO stick-figure avatar mimics your position to track whether you are sitting, standing, walking, running, laying down, etc., and whether you are doing so with good posture. (Orange and curved = sad LUMO; green and straight = happy LUMO.)
The team's plan is to launch its pilot manufacturing run in August and package and ship to Kickstarter backers by November. Check out the video below; to be a proud owner, you'll need to pledge $115 or more (the $99 pledge is sold out).