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Lumos at ACTE Paris 2018!

Lumos updates • December 13th, 2018

What’s better than telling travelers about Lumos?

Telling 600 corporate travelers about Lumos in Paris, the most beautiful city in the world 🙂

 Lumos Tech CEO Biquan Luo presenting at the ACTE annual summit in Paris, 2018

Presenting at Opening Plenary Session of the ACTE annual summit in Paris (Photo credit to ACTE).

Happily, I had the opportunity to do just that at this year’s annual summit of The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE). The ACTE is a globally recognized, premier corporate travel organization that investigates and advocates for improvements in corporate travel, including new technologies like the Lumos Smart Sleep Mask. As such, we were invited to present in their Opening Plenary Session this past October, sharing details about how our technology can help business travel be more productive by reducing jet lag. (Click here to watch the 30-second video that we submitted as a preview to the audience.)

A little backstory here: I got to know the Executive Director of ACTE, Greeley Koch, in April of 2018 when I went to Lumos’s first ACTE summit in New York. He is a great gentleman and unsurprisingly, a road warrior in his own right. Of course, what really grabbed his attention was the Lumos prototype I gave him, which completely convinced him of the efficacy of our Smart Sleep Mask. Clearly our prototype ‘bribe’ made a good impression, as Koch introduced my main stage address by saying “I know I’m supposed to be impartial… but B has given me a prototype of what she was going to talk about, and I have to tell you, it is amazing.”

The response to our presentation was positive, to say the least. The audience’s interest in our Smart Sleep Mask was almost overwhelming, as everybody seemed to want one. It was definitely a successful summit, and as appropriate for a trip to Paris, the food was amazing!

Small cakes for the 2018 ACTE annual summit displayed on a tray

The 30th Anniversary birthday cake for ACTE

Colorful macarons displayed in gift boxes in Paris

A shot from my macaron hunt with Greely Koch, Executive Director of ACTE. He may have been bribing me for the use of the Lumos prototype again… 🙂

The science behind adjusting your circadian rhythm with light

Sleep Science • September 27th, 2018

In very simplistic terms, sleep is regulated by two body systems: the homeostatic sleep drive and the circadian biological clock.

Homeostatic sleep drive is a fancy way of saying that we get tired when we have been awake for a long period of time. If this were to only process regulating our sleep patterns, then it would mean that we would be most alert as our day was starting out, and that the longer we were awake, the more we would feel like sleeping.

But it’s obviously not as simple as this, as anyone who has struggled to fall asleep at night has experienced, and that is in part due to the fact that our circadian biological clock regulates the timing of periods of sleepiness and wakefulness throughout the day. So if you’ve ever felt more sleepy at noon than midnight, that’s most likely a result of your circadian rhythm. (more…)

Bon voyage, jet lag – fresh review of Lumos by CNET

Lumos updates • September 5th, 2018

Flying to Australia is fun! …until you think about the 20-hour flight and being jet lagged on 16 time zones away from where you started.

CNET editor Lexy Savvides has tackled this challenge many times, but thanks to our Lumos Smart Sleep Mask, she was finally able to arrive jet lag-free when she arrived in Australia! Here’s what she said in her recent Wearable Tech article:

“I was shocked at how much better I felt compared with previous journeys on the same flight. I was energized and stayed up until my usual bedtime… The next day I felt totally adjusted to Sydney time, with no jet lag symptoms. ”

To hear the full story, watch her trip to Sydney with Lumos.

 

Of course, we want everyone to share Lexy’s wonderful travel experience with Lumos. That’s why we are taking pre-orders from everyone now. Pre-order your Lumos Smart Sleep Mask today and say goodbye to jet lag!

 

There must be something special about this Lumos Sleep Mask on The Wall Street Journal…

Lumos updates • August 2nd, 2018

What’s better than a great write-up in The Wall Street Journal?

Being written up in The Wall Street Journal twice!

So as you may have seen, Lumos was on The Wall Street Journal again last week! Some of you may have known us from the previous Wall Street Journal article where a reporter tested our product for jet lag and really liked it. This time the article talked about high-tech masks to help people sleep, and Lumos was on top of the list for its amazing ability to adjust circadian rhythm for jet lag, shift workers, and night owls.

(Illustration courtesy The Wall Street Journal)

Here’s one juicy detail from behind the scenes:

The editors were very impressed by the comfort of the Lumos Smart Sleep Mask sample that we sent them, so they wanted to emphasize the comfort by revealing the materials in the article. However, we think that you early adopters should be the first to know what the mask is made of, so we decided to keep the materials a secret for now. Apparently, The Wall Street Journal didn’t like mysteries, so the discussion about comfort and materials was left out of the article in the end 🙂

That being said, we are still thrilled about our coverage in The Wall Street Journal. The Lumos Smart Sleep Mask will be available very soon. Reserve yours now and let us know on Facebook or Twitter just how comfortable the mask is once it’s in your hands!

Sleep products at CES 2018 — from the eye of a scientist

Sleep Science • January 16th, 2018
Sleep Products at CES 2018

The Sleep Tech section at CES 2018 (photo by Biquan Luo)

Being genetically prone to poor sleep, I’ve spent all my life searching for sleep solutions. I’ve tried countless sleep products on the market that make sense from the scientific standpoint: blackout curtains, melatonin, sleeping pills, white noise apps, meditation, and finally cognitive behavior therapy with a sleep doctor in Stanford Sleep Clinic. My passion for solving the problems of my own led me to start a sleep company. While we are still developing prototypes, I realized that I should see what new technology is available for sleep problems at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV.

It was a technology feast for me as both a tech entrepreneur and a consumer. Truly fascinating. More than 30 companies were sharing their sleep technology, ranging from market-ready products to early-stage prototypes. As a startup founder who researches and talks about sleep products all day, I often see the problem of products selling promises more than science. Is it the case for the products at CES? With this thought, I went out to try different sleep products at CES. (more…)

9 Tips to make your holiday travel healthier and more pleasant

Sleep Science • December 21st, 2017

One more day and we are saying hello to the holiday! No matter whether you are a VC who is on 5-hour sleep schedules most of the year, or a CEO who has teleconferences day and night with business partners around the globe, or a parent who has been sacrificing your sleep for the kids in the past year, you have been working hard all year and it’s time to take a break and enjoy the long-overdue vacation that you deserve.

A lot of you may have plans for holiday travel. Exciting! Not entirely, only if you could skip the annoying part of travel and get to the meat directly. The good news is, while you are waiting for the sleep mask that lets you travel without jet lag, there are still things that you can do to make your travel healthier and more pleasant. As a biomedical scientist from Stanford and a veteran long-distance traveler who makes multiple cross-continental trips every year, I’d like to share a few tips that I’ve collected in the past ten years: (more…)

Lumos Smart Sleep Mask in WSJ!

Company/Team • October 30th, 2017

Mark Ellwood at the Wall Street Journal just took our Lumos Smart Sleep Mask with him and enjoyed a jet lag-free from London to New York.

“On my first night back in New York, I slept even more soundly—and a few minutes past my 6 a.m. alarm—with none of my usual fitful wakefulness or daytime drowsiness.”

Read the full story here!