Lumu is a company that is aiming to announce the next generation in light meters. They want to incorporate modern technology into a light meter for some unique features; their goal is to redesign it for a world on the go, a light meter for “the 21st century”.
Currently not a lot of information is known. One thing is sure: their ambitions are high, claiming their product will be a game changer.Â Extremely precise hardware combined with an iOS app for some unique features. The Heart of Lumu is last generation digital light sensor with an operating range 0.1â€“200,000 lux and measuring accuracy 1%.Â From the images on their Twitter feed it seems to be a kind of necklace with a diffusion dome. For me, directly some questions arise. A game-changer that canâ€™t trigger flash? For me that is the purpose of a light meter.
On their website, lu.mu, it is written that the light meter will be announced during the coming summer. On their Twitter feed @Lumu they show a teaser once in a while, revealing the design process and the hardware. But what is the Lumu actually? Why is this different then all the other light meters? Why would I need one?
We managed to translate old light meters into the digital age. With the help of the iPhone.
— Lumu (@Lumu) April 1, 2013
Many questions remain. Time will tell if the Lumu be yet another gadget for the iPhone, or a great addition to a photographers arsenal. They will participate in NY Disrupt starting on the 27thÂ April, so maybe soon we will know more.
Robbert Dijkstra is a professional photographer based in Delft.