The Dublin company is releasing a new workout and zen gadget that can also correct your form
New workout gadgets seem to be popping up everywhere. Just in the last few years we have seen the Nike FuelBand, the FitBit, and the Jawbone Up, not to mention all the smart phone apps that allow people to track workouts.
However, just recently, Dublin-based LumaFit released a new fitness tracker that it believes is the first of its kind. The LumaFit promises to be a “fitness coach that keeps track of your exercises, tells you if you are doing them right and tracks your heart rate.”
Okay, we’ve heard that before. But LumaFit does something else as well: It is also a meditation trainer that “keeps your mind strong, fit and healthy.” The LumaFit Zen app guides users through meditative breathing and provides a visual representation of reducing stress.
Unlike most health gadgets that are worn on wrists, the LumaFit is an earpiece that clips onto the earlobe. The sensor tracks head movement and heart rate; and when used with the app the user can tell the sensor exactly what exercise he or she is performing.
Just like a personal trainer
Moreover, the LumaFit promises to tell you if you are doing your exercises correctly. For example, if a user told the app that he or she were doing squats, the sensor would be able to tell how far down the user was squatting. (Of course this says nothing about the user’s foot positioning when doing squats, which is equally as important when determining if a squat is done correctly!)
The LumaFit seems to the next stage to a previous company called Zinc Software, a “biofeedback” app that allowed users to visualise the heart’s response to meditative breathing. Zinc had different zen apps that provided visuals and feedback that help relieve tension. For example, one of the apps showed the growth of a bonsai tree while the user practiced meditative breathing. Zinc’s app also came with an earpiece sensor. Zinc Software appears to have been closed down in late 2013, just the time that LumaFit was born. Both companies were founded by Darran Hughes, who previously worked at MIT MediaLab in Europe.
Zinc received a €650,000 ($807,950) investment from Kernel Capital through the Bank of Ireland MedTech Accelerator Fund, AIB Seed Capital Fund, Enterprise Ireland and PCH International in April 2013.
LumaFit is not yet on the market, but its website says it is coming in early 2014.