We have tested the PR-500 medication reminder bracelet and we share our impressions below.
This bracelet has two basic functionalities, on the one hand, a variable color indicator light and on the other hand a button to confirm the taking of medication.
The bracelet has Bluetooth connectivity to send and receive information about medication shots to an application that can be used on both Android and IOS.
The bracelet has a battery with an approximate autonomy of between 4 and 5 days.
The product packaging includes a set of colored stickers that will be associated with the boxes of medicines whose intake you want to schedule.
The mode of use is simple, firstly, the bracelet is connected via Bluetooth protocol to the Lifevit application. To do this, once the phone's Bluetooth is activated, the search device button will be pressed, in parallel the main button of the bracelet will be pressed for 5 seconds until it vibrates, indicating that the device has been synchronized. The correctly configured device message will appear in the app.
Once there is connectivity, a new medication intake can be added in the application. To do this, the name, color of the label associated with the medicine will be included and the time and days on which the notification of taking medication should be activated will be recorded. Additionally, you can configure a contact email for the person you want to receive the information regarding the shots.
Once this data has been recorded on the bracelet, it can now work autonomously without having to be linked to the mobile phone and its application during its operation. In this way, the bracelet can be placed on the arm of the person who needs support to remember their medication. Putting on the bracelet is simple.
This implies that the fact that the user confirms the taking of a medicine does not trigger the immediate notification of its taking to the desired contact person. The notification will only be made when the bracelet is connected again via Bluetooth to the mobile phone that has the Lifevit application installed.
To identify the intake, a sticker of the desired color is placed on the box of the medicine to be programmed, in such a way that once a light of a certain color is turned on on the bracelet, the user should take a dose of the medicine associated with it. same color. Once the shot is made, the main button of the bracelet must be pressed 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 simultaneous drug intakes in some way, since up to now the intakes must be scheduled with a certain time difference between one and the other.
About the application
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 blood pressure monitors that the company distributes. In this case, it will be necessary to access the pill reminder section to be able to configure the bracelet. 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 step-by-step guide through pop-up menus that allows the configuration of the device.
As mentioned in the operation section, the introduction of new doses of medications is simple and once registered on 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 bracelet.
Physical 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, as it has no polarity it can be connected in any of its 2 positions.
Despite the fact that the product is presented as waterproof on the packaging, 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 medicine boxes or pill boxes for a long time.
It is possible to check the battery level by continuously pressing the main button of the bracelet. Green or red. As we have commented during the tests carried out, the battery lasted around 4 days with moderate use.
In short, the bracelet offers an innovative and useful method for managing medication generally with older users. In our opinion, the entire communication part of the medication to be taken to the user works satisfactorily and is very useful. It would be convenient to improve the aspects that facilitate the communication of the doses to the family member or caregiver, as well as the management of the drugs to be taken remotely.
- The method of operation is simple for the person taking the medication
- The mobile app is simple and stylish
- The product has no monthly payment fees once purchased.
- It would be advisable to improve connectivity to communicate alerts on a permanent and more stable basis and allow remote management of the shots by the family member.
- It would be advisable to optimize the method of communication of the shots to the family member or caregiver since the emails do not work in an optimized way.
- It would be advisable to improve the tightness so that the bracelet can be worn in the shower, the beach or the pool