The LUMOback Smart Posture Sensor has reached its US$100,000 funding goal on Kickstarter in a matter of days and still has nearly a full month to generate more investor interest.
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The LUMOback is designed to help users stay more aware of their posture. How it works, is that when a user straps on the movement-tracking sensor waistband and begins to slouch, he will feel "a gentle vibration" reminding him to improve his position. The waistband is 8.5mm thick at the centre of it, but gets thinner beyond that point.
This sensor is able to connect wirelessly to the product's iPhone 4S or New iPad apps, enabling the user to track his movement data. Within the app is the LUMO avatar, which mimics the user's activities when he is running, sitting, laying down, etc.
So far, compatible apps for BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7 (or 8) and Android haven't been created. Those behind the product - Monisha Perkash, Andrew Chang and Charles Wang M.D. - say that creating an Android version of its app is a "high priority."
If an individual doesn't own any of the applicable devices that support the LUMOback apps, the waistband is still able to work for him independently.
The team behind this program is hoping to do its initial manufacturing run in August, and get the product out to Kickstarter contributors by November.