Lumo Lift review: A posture tracker that puts design over details

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MSRP: $99.99

The Good The Lumo Lift goes beyond typical fitness metrics to measure your posture. It's also comfortable to wear and can even pass as an accessory.

The Bad The Lift app's offers too much design and not enough data.

The Bottom Line The Lumo Lift offers a fresh alternative to other fitness trackers, but its limited features will disappoint anyone who wants to track multiple metrics.

7.4 Overall
  • Style 8
  • Features 6
  • Ease of use 8

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The Lumo Lift addresses a metric that few other wearable fitness trackers up to this point have, that being your posture. It does this by resting against your upper torso (or décolletage), using hardware sensors and algorithms to measure your body's alignment. Every time you put it on, you calibrate it, telling Lift what posture you want to maintain -- whether that's perfectly upright, or slightly slouchy.

Then, throughout the day, the tracker keeps track of how often you stay in that posture and when you deviate from it. You can see your progress, as well as your step count and distance, in the Lift app available for iOS and Android.

Throughout my testing, I enjoyed wearing the Lift. However, be advised that it's up to you to tell the Lift what posture you want, and you don't get any data on how to improve your posture. The Lift also doesn't offer sleep or elevation tracking. The device did at least make me more aware of how I sit and stand, causing me to sit up a little straighter at my desk. And I agree with Lift that walking down the street with my shoulders back and head up made me feel more confident.

The Lift costs $100 (which equates to about £60 or AU$107), which is on par with the Fitbit Flex , and even a bit cheaper than the $130 Jawbone Up . It also ships outside the US, but don't forget to factor in international shipping charges.

Just a note: because this device uses magnets and is meant to be worn on your upper torso, those who use a pacemaker need to check with their physician before using the Lift.

All about design

What's unique about the Lift is that you wear it with a magnet, instead of clipped to your clothes or around your wrist. It's made up of two parts, the tracker and a small, square magnetic plate. The polycarbonate tracker houses the internal components, while the plate holds the Lift in place on your clothes. The entire tracker acts as a button that you press to program and use it.

The device is supposed to rest about 1 inch below your collarbone, with the tracker against your skin or an undershirt and the magnet plate on the other side. You can keep it hidden under your clothes, or keep it visible as a fashion accessory; just make sure it can rest close to your body.

The Lift is made up of a tracker that sits against your body, and a metal clasp that rests on top of your outfit. Josh Miller/CNET

The Lift comes in three color options, white, black, and silver, and includes a black-and-silver metal plate by default. You can purchase packs of additional plates in bright or neutral colors for around $20. There's also an included separate rounded clip that's meant to be worn around a strap, such as from a bra or undershirt.

The tracker is small, about the size of two quarters side by side, and just a few centimeters thick. Though the tracker is as thin and small as it can be, it's still big enough that I could easily feel it under my clothes. I didn't notice it getting in my way often, but occasionally the strap from my purse or backpack would press against it.

You wear the Lift on your upper torso, just below your collarbone. Josh Miller/CNET

There are a few a downsides to how you wear the Lift. Since it has to sit close against your skin to get accurate readings, you can't wear it with loose-fitting tops. Instead, you'll need to attach it to an undershirt or bra strap. Even wearing it with a fitted T-shirt, I noticed by the end of the day the weight of the Lift had caused it to sag on my shirt, which looked bad and felt uncomfortable.

The Lift's magnetic configuration gives you some room to personalize it, which is great because many other fitness trackers don't give that option. You can create your own magnet clasp using a strong magnet that you can find at most craft supply stores, and then add something decorative on top, such as a repurposed piece of jewelry or a button.

The Lift comes with a magnetic (see a theme here?) charging cradle with two metal pins that connect to your tracker to charge it. It takes around 2 hours to fully charge the Lift, and once charged, it will last around five days. Unlike other fitness trackers, the Lift doesn't have an LED display, though it does have an LED charging status light.

Perfect posture

The Lift is meant to be worn daily to track your posture and steps. You attach it to your clothing, finding the right spot based on your outfit, and get into the posture you want for that day. Then press the device twice to calibrate it, and it goes into what Lumo calls the Align mode. The Lift will vibrate three times to tell you that it's taking a snapshot of your current posture that it will use as a baseline for the rest of the day. You can recalibrate the Lift as often as you want, and Lumo encourages you to use Align every time you put the tracker on or adjust its placement.

Once it's calibrated, the Lift quietly observes your posture and motion throughout the day. If you want a more hands-on approach, the Lift has a coaching mode in which the tracker vibrates briefly when you slip out of your ideal posture. To start a new coaching mode, press and hold Lift for a few seconds until it vibrates once. Lift will then buzz every time you slouch, reminding you to adjust your posture. You can turn off the coaching mode by pressing and holding the tracker again until it buzzes twice.

The Lift acts as a large button that you press to use the device. Josh Miller/CNET

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