17 Game-Changing Health Start-ups

LumoBack
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LumoBack

Eighty percent of Americans suffer from back pain at some point during their lives, a problem that collectively costs $50 billion a year for medical care, workers compensation, and time lost from work. That’s according to LumoBack, a start-up that couples a sensor you place on your lower back with your iPhone or iPad to train you to improve your posture—one important element that can affect how your back feels. When you slouch, the sensor vibrates gently to remind you to straighten up. LumoBack says it plans to launch its device and application in September.