Job Opening: Lead Android Engineer

Lumo Bodytech is a smart sensor and big data company aimed at improving people’s health. We’re backed by premier investors including Madrona Venture Group, Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, and Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures.
We seek to expand our world-class team with a hands-on Lead Android Engineer to help build our new wave of wearable technologies and digital health data analytics. You’ll have the opportunity to dramatically change the behaviors and lives of our customers for the better!

Responsibilities:

    • Lead the architecture design and establish coding standards for our Android applications.
    • Provide technical direction and mentorship to our team of local and remote Android engineers.
    • Investigate technical feasibility, suggest options and provide recommendations.
    • Hands-on app development, including feature development, troubleshooting, debugging, problem solving and bug fixing
    • Work closely with our Product, UX, and Engineering teams to brainstorm ideas, gather and interpret feedback from users, solve problems that have never been solved before, and create beautiful and elegant user experiences.

About you:

    • You’re a self-motivated, independent, and high-performance person. You learn quickly and appreciate worthy challenges.
    • You think outside the box and are not afraid to share new ideas, while bantering with your peers toward a common goal.
    • You love to learn, track the latest technologies, and want to share knowledge with your teammates.
    • You are able to deal with ambiguity and change.
    • You have a keen eye for pixel-perfect UI, but know when to balance it with a need to build prototypes quickly when iterating.

Qualifications:

    • 5+ years of mobile application development experience on the Android platform.
    • Expertise in Android framework graphics and animation systems.
    • Expertise with SQLite and other database libraries.
    • Expertise working with the Android Bluetooth stack, with experience troubleshooting BLE issues across various Android phones and chipsets.
    • Expertise in multithreading, process optimization, and memory management in native Android.
    • Experience with RESTful web services and parsing JSON.
    • Experience with source code management processes using git.
    • Shipped multiple consumer-facing Android apps.
    • Ability to collaborate and work effectively with cross functional teams.
    • Excellent communication, time management, and organizational skills.
    • Deep understanding of Computer Science fundamentals.
If this sounds intriguing, we want to hear from you!
To apply, please send your resume to jobs@lumobodytech.com.

Job Opening: Android Backend Developer (with BLE Expertise)

Lumo Bodytech is a smart sensor and big data company aimed at improving people’s health. We’re backed by premier investors including Madrona Venture Group, Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, and Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures.
We seek an Android backend developer and bluetooth expert to help build our new wave of wearable technologies and digital health data analytics. This is a contract position that we anticipate will cover a period of 3 months. It will be based at our headquarters in Mountain View, CA.

Your responsibilities will include:

    • Working with the Lumo Product and Engineering teams to develop enhancements and features for the Lumo Lift Android app.
    • Developing improvements to our Android library and API enabling 3rd party app developers to connect to Lumo bluetooth devices.
    • Troubleshooting app-sensor connectivity issues for our list of supported Android phones.

Your background includes:

    • 5+ years of Android application development.
    • Proven experience designing and developing Android apps integrating Bluetooth devices.
    • Expertise with the Android Bluetooth Stack and Android 5.0 Bluetooth Low Energy APIs.
    • Expertise troubleshooting connectivity issues across a variety of Android level 21+ devices.
    • You are high-performing, organized and collaborative.
    • You have the ability to simplify complex ideas.
Lumo is always looking for great people to join our team, so during the contract period, if there is mutual interest, we may discuss converting this position to a full-time role.
If this sounds intriguing, we want to hear from you!
To apply, please send your resume to jobs@lumobodytech.com.

5 Exercises to Restore Your Muscles after a Hard Run

Proper muscle recovery is essential to prevent running injuries and to help facilitate the healing and building of your muscles. Stronger muscles are built via small tears created during exercise. During the rest and recovery period following a run, your body is working hard to repair these micro damages that have occurred. Further, your body is clearing toxins from these areas and bringing nutrients and cells to help heal these regions. Although our body is very much capable of eventually returning functioning back to normal after exercise, there are certain things you can do that may speed the process along. As most of us know, it is important to hydrate before, during, and after your run, as well as refuel the body with a meal within an hour after your run. What you put in your body counts just as much for your overall health as exercise does. The “you are what you eat” mantra is not entirely far from the truth.

5 Rules For Runners Recovering From an Injury

We’ve all been there in one way or another. We took a wrong step, pushed it too far, went out too hard, or our bodies simply didn’t cooperate on that run. Running injuries happen for a myriad of reasons and they can happen to any runner at any level.

What Causes Running Injuries?

Every person, situation, and injury is different. Sometimes that twisted ankle couldn’t be avoided because the sidewalk really did jump up and get you! However, many running injuries can be avoided by properly warming up and cooling down, stretching, and utilizing proper running form. Missing any one of these crucial aspects can lead to an unwelcome injury.

5 Rules For Runners Recovering From an Injury - Running Injuries

5 Rules For Runners Recovering From an Injury – Running Injuries

Related article: 3 Exercises To Help You Achieve (Near) Perfect Running Form

But sometimes, just like that forsaken sidewalk, injuries happen even with our best efforts and best foot put forward. Here are 5 rules for runners recovering from an injury.

Proper Diagnosis Of Running Injuries

A twisted ankle, unbearably chaffed thigh or bruised ego can often be quickly and accurately self-diagnosed. If you’re a seasoned runner, you may even be able to immediately recognize shin splints or stress fractures.

5 Rules For Runners Recovering From an Injury - Running Injuries

5 Rules For Runners Recovering From an Injury – Running Injuries

Even so, the best thing to do after experiencing a running injury is to immediately seek diagnosis and treatment from a medical professional. They can take the guesswork out of exactly what caused the injury, what it is, and what steps (whether rest and/or physical therapy) are needed to make a full recovery.

Take Time To Heal

Worrying about lost mileage, the time it will take to get back in shape, or how much an injury will set you back will not help you. In fact, dwelling on worries like these can lead to further injury! Many injuries are exacerbated by those who are so focused on lost time that they jump the gun and return to running before their bodies are ready.

5 Rules For Runners Recovering From an Injury - Running Injuries

5 Rules For Runners Recovering From an Injury – Running Injuries

Without the appropriate time to heal, you can very easily aggravate the injury. This will add more time to the healing process. It is also possible to injure other parts of your body. When proper running form is compromised due to an injury in one part of your body, it can lead to injury in other parts of your body.

Long story short, taking time to heal will save you time in the long run.

Take It Slow

When you’ve finally received the “a-okay” to get moving again, it’s very important to take it slow. While you’re brain is ready to get moving, your muscles and the rest of your body will need a little bit of time to get up to speed (and distance) again!

Incorporating different cross training, strengthening exercises, and stretches (especially those targeting the injured area) may help with your transition from the bench to the pavement!

5 Rules For Runners Recovering From an Injury - Running Injuries

5 Rules For Runners Recovering From an Injury – Running Injuries

Pay Attention to Your Body and Running Form

Pay attention, now more than ever, to how your body is feeling and to your form while running. Pay particular attention to the area of the injury, it may still be weak, feel sore or fatigued. Remember to give it the time it needs and take things slowly.

5 Rules For Runners Recovering From an Injury - Running Injuries

5 Rules For Runners Recovering From an Injury – Running Injuries

In addition to this, often other parts of your body will try to compensate for the weakened area. This can result in fatigue, poor running form, and further injury. Paying attention to your entire body and focusing on proper running form, may help avoid further running injuries.

Prevent Future Running Injuries With Proper Training and Running Form

Now that you’re moving again, even if you’re just starting, take time to prevent future running injuries by staying active during your day (movement is very important for a healthy body), maintaining a healthy diet, utilizing proper posture and running form; integrating strength and cross training; and stretching regularly. Doing these things will ensure that your body is strong, primed, and ready to go!

Related Article: 6 Resistance Band Exercises to Prevent Running Injuries

 

 

Best Practices for Wearing Your Lumo Lift

How to wear my Lumo Lift?

Lumo Lift should be worn directly below your collarbone. The larger sensor portion is worn underneath your shirt, while the magnetic clasp goes on the outside of a shirt or undershirt to hold your Lumo Lift in place. For most accurate results, Lumo Lift should be worn on a fitted shirt (or fitted clothing). Be sure to reset the Target Posture on your Lumo Lift each time you reposition it or change your clothing.

Step 1: Remove square magnetic clasp from Lumo Lift sensor.

Step 2: Place your Lumo Lift sensor against your body directly below your collarbone. Clip in place using magnetic clasp.

Step 3: Get into good posture, set your Target Posture by pressing and releasing your Lumo Lift once and you’re good to go!


What are the adhesives for and how should I use them?

Our custom, single-use adhesives are another great, hassle-free way to wear your Lumo Lift. They provide an alternative wearing option to the magnetic clasps. Perfect for those times when you prefer to discreetly wear your Lumo Lift under your clothes or when your shirt makes it difficult to place your sensor.



See http://www.lumolift.com/adhesives to learn how to use these adhesives. View a demo on how to wear these adhesives.

How to use the Adhesives?

Step 1: Peel one of the white, non-sticky sides off of the adhesive. It does not matter which side you peel off first.

Step 2: Place the sticky side of the adhesive directly to the bottom of your Lumo Lift. The bottom of your Lumo Lift has two gold charging dots.

Step 3: Now that you have successfully placed one side of the adhesive to the back of your Lumo Lift, peel the second white, non-sticky side off of the adhesive.

Step 4: Place this newly revealed sticky side to your skin. Place your Lumo Lift directly below your collarbone, about halfway between your neck and shoulder.

Step 5: Press once on your Lumo Lift to set your Target Posture. Your Target Posture is set once you feel three vibrations. Remember to set your Target Posture throughout the day as you change positions.

Step 6: For removal, gently peel your Lumo Lift off of your skin. The adhesive will stick to the back of your Lumo Lift as you do this.

Step 7: Peel the adhesive off of your Lumo Lift. Adhesives are for single-use only and cannot be used to reattach your Lumo Lift once you have removed it.

Quick Tips:

  1. When using the adhesives, we recommend alternating which side you wear your Lumo Lift on to prevent placing the adhesive in the same place daily.
  2. For best results, apply to clean, dry skin.
  3. Adhesives are single-use only. Using an adhesive more than once may result in loss of your Lumo Lift as they are not sticky enough to securely hold your Lumo Lift after they have been removed.
  4. You do not need to wear the magnetic clasp when you are using the adhesives. The magnetic clasps do not affect the functionality of your Lumo Lift.

Please click here to order the adhesives.


 

How to Set-up an Ergonomic Workspace

Working behind a desk all day, you encounter a number of pains, such as…

And while you may not be able to change your work situation, setting up an ergonomic workspace can help with those other pains. Ergonomics, put simply, is the science of how people interact with their environment. By thoughtfully arranging our environment, we can help to reduce injury and improve workplace efficiency.

3 Healthy Lifestyle Tweaks to Make this Fall

Fall is such a festive time of year, punctuated by cooler weather, family feasts, colorful foliage and, unfortunately for many of us, neglecting a healthy lifestyle.  Yes, as the days grow shorter and the temps drop in most parts of the country, many of us simply don’t take care of our bodies like we do during the summer months.  In fact, the average person tends to put on at least 5 pounds once autumn rolls around each year.  There are myriad reasons why a healthy lifestyle gets stowed away, along with our shorts and swimsuits, while our inherent urge to hibernate takes over.

A Comprehensive Guide to Low Back Pain

Another busy morning at work is drawing to a close, during which you were sitting scrunched down in your office chair, hot cup of java in hand, while going over some client figures on your PC’s screen.  Now it’s time for a well-deserved lunch break, but as you rise up your lower back hesitates, as you experience tightness and an achy sensation coming from your back’s lumbar region.

The soreness and muscle fatigue, manifestations of low back pain, seem to be happening more frequently at the office, and now even while you’re at home or in the car.  Several years ago, you were involved in a head-on auto accident which left you with persistent lower back pain, a reminder that has decided to pay you a visit again today.  Your doctor told you not to feel like an outcast because of your problematic back, as she mentioned that about 31 million of us suffer from low back pain every year.  And, our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, combined with poor posture habits, are not making the situation any better.

WebMD points out that around 80% of the adult population will suffer from low back pain at one time or another.  Additionally, WebMD has identified many underlying conditions, lifestyle choices, and the symptoms themselves that, when combined, tell the whole back pain story.  What’s encouraging is that clinicians are coming to understand back pain’s pathophysiology more and more each day, and that a number of better low back pain prevention and treatment modalities now exist.  To understand how back pain comes about, it’s important to learn first how our back works, a topic we’ll now explore.

Your Back is an Amazing Structure

The human back, comprised of muscles and ligaments, carries out many roles.  For one, there are over 200 muscles in our backs, 120 of which serve to support our spines.  Muscles and ligaments in your back make up what’s called your body’s “core”, the area extending from the neck to our thighs.  Our back’s muscles are involved in breathing, as well as providing us the strength to lift objects, walk around and stand upright.  They also act as a protective shell for our ribs, internal organs, and spinal column.  In addition, and for medical purposes, our backs are separated into 3 regions; upper, middle and lower.

A Comprehensive Guide to Low Back Pain

A Comprehensive Guide to Low Back Pain

When you start to experience pain signals emanating from any of those areas, for the sake of this article your lower back, there’s a good reason.  Low back pain can be separated into 2 categories: acute or chronic.  The former term refers to a temporary condition, one brought on by such activities as golf, working in the yard for hours, or lifting a heavy object incorrectly.  Acute low back pain usually goes away with rest, combined with using heat or cold on the area.  Chronic low back pain, however, will continue to flare up from time-to-time, and is due to one or more serious underlying conditions, of which we will explore more in a moment.  Moving forward, this article’s focus will primarily be on the chronic variety.

These Conditions Lead to Chronic Low Back Pain 

According to doctors at the Mayo Clinic, there are several predisposing factors that can cause low back pain, such as:

  • Back trauma in the patient’s past including a car accident
  • Osteoarthritis or other “age-related” conditions
  • Back surgery
  • A herniated disc
  • Some type of serious illness that affects a person’s back
  • Poor posture
A Comprehensive Guide to Low Back Pain

A Comprehensive Guide to Low Back Pain

In fact, back pain specialists agree that the main concern that most of us have in today’s world, related to eventually developing low back pain issues, is the last bullet point; poor posture.  And, we will address that pain precursor in more detail later.  Next, let’s investigate whether or not you might have low back pain based upon its symptoms.

Symptoms that You May Have Low Back Pain

Low back pain is one of the easiest diagnoses that a medical professional will have, simply because most of the symptoms are self-explanatory.  Having said that, here are some of the more common ones:

  • Persistent tightness and aching in your lower back area
  • Sharp pains- even a burning sensation- coming from the lumbar region
  • A feeling of being tired or fatigued
  • Trouble sleeping because your back can’t get positioned comfortably
  • Muscle soreness and tenderness in the lumbar region

These factors obviously are going to be life-altering, and can ultimately and negatively impact your job, family and social activities.  There are personal lifestyle choices that also can exacerbate low back pain, so let’s take a look at some of those now.

Low Back Pain Thrives On these Activities 

Back pain experts have found a correlation between certain lifestyle decisions and a greater likelihood of you suffering from more frequent and pronounced back pain episodes.  In other words, the following activities need to be avoided if you want a happier, healthier back:

  • Smoking tobacco
  • Not eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Using too much caffeine
  • Not getting at least 7 hours of sleep every day
  • Failing to exercise regularly or stretch
  • Being overweight or even obese
  • Drinking alcohol to excess and especially right before bedtime
  • Having a stressful occupation or home life
  • Persistent strenuous activities and heavy lifting or twisting
A Comprehensive Guide to Low Back Pain

A Comprehensive Guide to Low Back Pain

So, if you have been diagnosed with low back pain, and are guilty of one or more of the activities listed above, proceed with caution!  If you continue down the same path, your back’s health will probably not improve much, but conversely could become a more costly issue later on.

Good Overall Back Health Requires these Things 

Okay, we’ve spent enough space dwelling on the negative aspects of low back pain.  So, now it’s time to turn those back pain problems around.  In reality, and as was mentioned above, there are a plethora of things you can do to help reduce low back pain episodes and symptom severity.  Here are some of the better ones:

  1. Exercise your core muscle groups: This will build up your trunk’s muscle tissues, giving them an enhanced ability to support your spine while keeping it naturally aligned. Exercise also helps you take in more oxygen, relieve stress, and sleep better at night.  Two really enjoyable and popular means of exercise which also benefit your lower back muscles are Yoga and Pilates.
  2. Get enough sleep: As was aforementioned, sleeping for 7 to 9 hours every day gives your back valuable healing time, recharges your body and mind’s “battery”, and helps you to feel more energized throughout the day.
  3. Eat right, feel right: Proper nutrition is important for our bodies, and when attempting to ward off low back pain flare-ups, there are certain back-healthy nutrients that make this more effectively happen. Those include certain vitamins and minerals, and when you eat a more balanced diet, your back will enjoy it too.
  4. Stretch away your back pain: Stretching is good for all parts of our bodies, including back muscles predisposed to getting tight and tense.  In addition, back-focused stretches improve core flexibility, which further makes your lower back more resistant to future overworking and injury.
  5. Use good posture: As was mentioned earlier, incorrect and unnatural posture can eventually cause a number of deleterious back pain outcomes. Proper posture allows for better oxygen intake and blood circulation, the latter which helps get healing and natural pain reliever substances like serotonin and endorphins out to your injured tissues, and where they need to be.

All of the positive factors above help reduce the odds that you will suffer from a back pain episode, while also speeding up the healing process if a flare-up does occur.  Good posture is so important within an overall back healthy program, and that means sitting or standing with your spine in its natural upright position, with your shoulders back and chest up and out, along with your chin also being positioned up and out.  It will feel a little awkward at first, but once you get it right, you will be well on your way to a happier, healthier lower back!

Your Back will Love the Lumo Lift Posture Coach

 Being cognizant of when your posture is poor, as opposed to when it is correct, is an issue, and especially when our lives are so busy.  To make this an easier process, the low back pain specialists at Lumo Bodytech have come up with a revolutionary technology called the Lumo Lift Posture Coach.  It’s an innovative system developed using insight from back health experts around the country.  The Posture Coach starts with a wearable sensor, about the size of a lapel pin, that you place on your clothing.  The device continuously picks up posture-related information, even at night, and transmits the data to a downloadable app. for any iOS or Android Smart device.

When you have time later, the data can be viewed and analyzed, giving you a clear picture of how good or bad your posture has been throughout the day.  Oh, and the Posture Coach even uses a gentle vibration to alert you when you are slouching.  It’s an easy and inexpensive way to constantly monitor your posture, and ultimately help you reduce your low back pain issues.  In fact, for those of us that work at Lumo Bodytech, our goal is a back pain free world, one person at a time!  For more information on low back pain, or the Lumo Lift Posture Coach, go to: www.lumobodytech.com today.

Start your positive habit change today with Lumo Lift

Lumo Lift is a small lightweight wearable that tracks and coaches you on your posture, as well as tracks daily activity, such as steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned. Compatible with iOS/iPhone and select Android devices. Free shipping, 30-day money back guarantee and 1 year limited warranty.

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