Happy Friday! With CES 2016 winding down, we’re just about wrapping up to prepare for our journey home to Lumo HQ in Palo Alto, CA. A big thank you to all who stopped by our partner booths at Refinery29, Nordic, and Flextronics, and especially at Pepcom where we had the opportunity to demo and talk about some of our latest projects — one of them being Lumo Run and the Digital Running Signatures we just announced.
One of the highlight of CES was Pepcom where we had Lindsey Scherf, our newest member of the Lumo team and professional runner seeded 10th for the Olympic trials in April hop on a treadmill outfitted with the Lumo Run sensor and capris to demonstrate the technology we’ve been working on. Throughout the night, Lindsey actually ended up running over a personal half marathon of 14 miles at a crazy pace of 6 minutes per mile! Here’s a photo of Lindsey and our team working the demo station.
Another exciting highlight of CES was our meeting with Ray Maker from DC Rainmaker, a popular runner’s website that posts very detailed reviews for running items like new gear and tech. We had the opportunity to meet with Ray for an hour and a half on Tuesday afternoon at a track in Las Vegas to take the Lumo Run out for a spin.
We were thrilled that the meeting with Ray was a huge success. After outfitting Ray with a pair of the Lumo Run shorts and setting him up with the sensor and app, he took the Lumo Run out for a quick 800m run around the track. We then did a walk-through of the app to take a look at his impressive spider chart and then sent him back out for another 800m loop (spoiler: his biomechanics actually improved from his first loop to the next!)
Charles (co-founder of Lumo) walking through Ray the Lumo Run app
For more details of his experience and his full review of the Lumo Run, check out the article on his website.
One thing we noticed on his blog post is the number of questions, comments and notes of excitement from Ray’s audience and the running community and we just wanted to provide some points of clarification and additional resources to address some of these questions.
The Science behind Lumo Run:
For the development of Lumo Run, we’ve partnered with the expert biomechanists at Loughborough University, as well as built out a panel of coaching, PT and biomechanical experts including individuals like Dr. Bryan Heiderscheit, Jonathan Folland, Matt Dixon, Matt Fitzgerald and Hawi Keflezighi, as well as local run club coaches that spend their days in the trenches. Finally, we are also excited to announce that Lindsey Scherf is joining our team. Lindsey is seed 10th for the upcoming trials, is a coach and has a Masters degree in Kinesiology. We also have an in-house Ph.D. Biomechanist, Rebecca Shultz, onboard on our team to lead our coaching program for Lumo Run.
What makes Lumo Run different from other run trackers and monitors?
Our primary goal for Lumo Run is to help move people out of bad form to decrease the risk of injury and help improve run performance. To do this, Lumo Run is built on a coaching program based on zones for each metric — similar to heart rate zones for physiological training. Through working with professionals in biomechanics, coaching and physical therapy, we have been able to identify, develop and implement target bands for each metric that help runners to move away from poor running.
Though Lumo Run will initially only be released on iOS, we are planning on following up with an Android app shortly after launch. This is because the Bluetooth stack is standardized so it’s much more straightforward to provide the best user experience-particularly because of the real time component. Since there is so much variation on Android devices, we have to add them as we go along. We followed the same process for our Lumo Lift posture coach.
But, if people have a particular android device that they want to use we really encourage them to get in touch with our support department firstname.lastname@example.org because we’re trying to prioritize which models to add, in what order.
Check out what else people are saying about Lumo Run!
“Lumo could be the first brand that gives us what we want from wearable tech: barely-there awareness of gadgetry, but insights that let us reach our full fitness potential.”
— Michael Frank, Outside Magazine 1/6/2016 Read Full Article
“Although there are plenty of wearables that have useful functions for exercise stats and heart rate monitoring, this is the first I’ve seen that can actually improve total posture of the body!”
— Stephen Kleckner, Venture Beat 1/7/2016 Read Full Article
“Lumo Bodytech brings activity monitoring straight to the wearer’s legs in the form of connected shorts. And from the look of it, they mean business, going well beyond the sort of metrics gathered by a standard band.”
— Brian Heater, Tech Times 1/6/2016 Read Full Article
Have a great weekend, everybody!