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  • Smartband, stickers and charger
  • Device conectivity
  • Configuration
  • Medication configuration
  • Management of devices in the app
  • Smartband PR-500

What is it about:

The lifevit PR-500 bracelet is a novel product whose main function is the reminders of taking medication. These reminders are shown in the form of light signals of different colors associated with the colors of a set of stickers that can be placed in the boxes of different medicines or in the compartments of a pillbox.

The wristband is connected to a mobile terminal, both Android and IOS, from which the different reminders can be configured and information about the confirmation of its taking by the user can be collected.
 
 

Forms of acquisition:

The lifevit PR-500 bracelet can be purchased in amazon and through the website of the manufacturer:

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The price of the bracelet is € 96.99 with VAT and shipping costs included..

The application can be downloaded for free in its Android version at the following link:

The application can be downloaded for free in its IOS version at the following link:

Technical verification:

We have tested the bracelet for PR-500 medication reminders and we tell you our impressions below.

This bracelet has two basic functionalities, on the one hand, a light indicator of variable color and on the other hand a button to confirm the taking of medication.

The bracelet has Bluetooth connectivity to send and receive information about the medication shots to an application that can be used in both Android and IOS.

The bracelet has a battery with an approximate autonomy of between 4 and 5 days.

The package of the product includes a set of colored stickers that will be associated with the medicine boxes whose take is to be programmed.

Mode of use

The mode of use is simple, first, the bracelet is connected via Bluetooth protocol to the Lifevit application. To do this, once the Bluetooth of the phone is activated, the search for device button will be pressed. In parallel, the main button of the wristband will be pressed for 5 seconds until it vibrates indicating that the device has been synchronized. The device message configured correctly will appear in the application.

Once connectivity exists, a new medication shot can be added to the application. To do this, the name, color of the label associated with the medication will be included and the time and days in which the medication intake notice must be activated will be recorded. Additionally you can configure a contact email of the person you want to receive the information regarding the shots.

                     

Once this data is recorded on the wristband, it can now work autonomously without being linked during its operation to the mobile phone and its application. In this way you can place the bracelet on the arm of the person who needs a support to remember their medication. The placement of the bracelet is simple.

This implies that the fact that the user confirms the taking of a medication does not trigger the immediate notification of its taking to the desired contact person. The notification will only be made when the wristband is reconnected via Bluetooth to the mobile phone that has the Lifevit application installed.

To identify the shot, a sticker of the desired color is placed in the box of the medication to be programmed, so that once a light of a certain color is turned on in the bracelet, the user should take a dose of the medication associated with the same color. Once the shot is taken, press the main button of the bracelet so that it is reflected in the system. At this point we note as a recommendation to the manufacturer to enable the possibility of programming several doses of medicines simultaneously in some way since up to now the intakes must be programmed with a certain time difference between them.

About the app

The application has a simple and attractive design and is implemented for Android and IOS.

Once the application is accessed, it allows the connection of different devices such as thermometers, scales or tensiometers that the company distributes. In this case it will be necessary to access the pill reminder section in order to configure the wristband. In this sense we believe that it could be more appropriate to make an application dedicated to the medication bracelet.

 

Once started there is a small guided step by step through pop-up menus that allows the device configuration.

As mentioned in the section on operation, the introduction of new doses of medicines is simple and once registered in the bracelet they work correctly. The important thing in this case is to make sure that there is Bluetooth connectivity and that the shots are well registered on the wristband.

 Characteristics of the device

The bracelet is made of a plastic material similar to any current Smartband model.

The charging connector is not standard, and although it gives rise to confusion, since it has no polarity it can be connected in any of its 2 positions.

Although the product is presented as water resistant in the package, it should be noted that the manual indicates that the bracelet is not ready to be submerged and therefore the user should remove it before entering the shower.

The colored stickers are strong enough to stick to the medicine boxes or pillboxes for a long time.

It is possible to check the battery level by pressing the main button of the wristband continuously. Green or red As we have said during the tests, the battery lasted around 4 days with moderate use.

Conclusions

In short, the bracelet offers an innovative and useful method for the management of medication, generally with older users. In our opinion, the entire communication part of the medication to be taken by the user works satisfactorily and is very useful. It would be convenient to improve the aspects that facilitate the communication of the shots to the family member or caregiver, as well as the management of the medicines to be taken remotely.

Highlights

  • The method of operation is simple for the person taking the medication
  • The mobile application is simple and stylized
  • The product does not have monthly payment installments once purchased.

Improvement points

  • It would be advisable to improve the connectivity to communicate alerts permanently and more stable and allow remote management of the intakes by the relative
  • It would be advisable to optimize the method of communication of the shots to the family member or carer since the emails do not work in an optimized way.
  • It would be advisable to improve the sealing so that the bracelet can be worn in the shower, the beach or the pool
  • Design and manufacturing: 3 sobre 5(3/5)
    3
    Refers to the physical aspects and details of the manufacturing of the technological product
  • User Experience: 2 sobre 5(2/5)
    2
    This criterion is linked to the user's assessment of the product or application
  • Technical features: 3 sobre 5(3/5)
    3
    Description of the quality of the technical specifications of the technological solution
  • Accessibility: 3 sobre 5(3/5)
    3
    It is the degree to which people can use or access a product, technological solution or service, regardless of their technical, cognitive or physical capabilities

Social valuation:

Our volunteers Carlos and Xavier have tested the product and in the following lines we summarize their impressions.

The application allows the configuration of up to 10 reminders of 5 medications, which may be scarce for some users. If several medications need to be taken, they can not be programmed together.

In case of not pressing the medication taking button the wristband sends between 2 and 3 notification emails, this fact adds great value to the product, but implies that the wristband must be permanently connected to the phone that contains the application.

The fact of using a color code to remember the medications makes it intuitive and easy to recognize.

It would be a good idea to include a watch to integrate everything in a single device.

Both volunteers agree that there is information such as name, date of birth, height and weight that are requested without knowing the purpose and maybe it would not be necessary to provide so much information.

It is difficult to know if the device has correctly loaded the medication shots as there is no confirmation for it on the wristband.

The manual serves to guide you in the basic use of the product, but could include some illustrations to facilitate the understanding and configuration of the device.

In general, it is a product that helps to manage medication for people who have problems remembering and identifying times and medications.

  • Impact and utility: 3 sobre 5(3/5)
    3
    Describe to what extent the functionalities of the product are useful and impact on the improvement of the user's life
  • Usability and accessibility: 3 sobre 5(3/5)
    3
    Possibility of the device to be used, understood and used in equal conditions for any person
  • Design and ergonomics: 4 sobre 5(4/5)
    4
    Assessment of how the design of the technological solution adapts to the person to achieve greater comfort and effectiveness when using it
  • Ease of acquisition: 4 sobre 5(4/5)
    4
    It refers to the possibilities of accessing and acquiring a technological solution by the user

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