Sunday, 4 May 2014

Product Review - Phyode W/Me

As some of you may already know, I've been approached by EpiCentre a week ago to test out a total of 5 fitness/lifestyle gadgets. So my job was to play around with these toys and give a "talk" for 3 days at EpiCentre @ Ion Singapore! By the time you're reading this, the 6 sessions of talks should already be over.

I'll be taking some time off to write about some interesting products. Not all of them are worth mentioning.

The 1st product that I decided to test out was Phyode W/Me. I was told by the product manager that it's lifestyle wellness monitor. So what does it actually do? Let's find out...

What is Phyode?

Phyode W/Me is a Taiwan product that uses this technology called the Life Spectrum Analyser (LSA) to detect your body's harmonic frequency.

Using the app, the band will be able to map out your subconscious mental state. It takes 3 minutes to do the measurement and during the 3 minutes, you'll be able to see your heart rate real time.

The Phyode W/Me has 2 senors on the band, one on the outer side and one one the inner side of the band. Each of the sensor has to be one of your hand.
This sensor will be touch your wrist when you're having it on
Place your index finger on the sensor of the outer band
Now all you need to do is to keep calm and hold it there for 3 minutes. During the 3 minutes, this is what you'll be seeing on your screen.

You'll be able to see your heart rate real time. The signal was unstable because I had to take my finger off to do a quick screen shot. Nothing to do with the device. At any point in time where the signal is unstable, the timer will stop counting down.

And 3 minutes later, your results will be ready...
The cursor will show you which quadrant your current mental state is in
Apart from measuring your heart rate & subconscious mental state, it also measures your Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) Age & your Mental Agility Score.

I have a mind of a 17 year old?

Pretty good score ya?
Apart from these measurements, this band also has a function where it coaches you how to breathe correctly. It has a total of 5 different levels for users to work their way up!

Some other cool functions that the Phyode W/Me has will be the find your phone function. With a touch of a button, your phone will ring if it is within the bluetooth range.

Your band will also automatically vibrate whenever you receives a phone call.

Last but not least, you're able to use your band as a remote for taking phones through the Phyode W/Me App.

So at the end of the trial session, here's how I rate this product.

Design: 5/10
Usefulness: 7/10
Battery Life: 9/10
Bluetooth connectivity: 6/10

Overall, I find this a really interesting product where it provides me with information about my mental health! Many people will think that it's enough to just be physically healthy but I feel that it's equally as important to be mentally healthy as well. As for the design, the part where this product lost most of it's points is from the fact that there's only one size. Most ladies that tried on this product complained that it's really loose on their wrist and it will not be something that they'll be wearing all day. I also did experience quite bad connection from time to time, where it became really pointless if users want to take some time off to check on their mental state.

Here's a link for you to find out more about the Phyode W/Me:

And you'll be able to grab one of these from the EpiCentre at SGD269.

Thanks for reading and have a great Sunday!

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