Wearables Test Drive

Brittany Singhas, 20 May 2015

They’re still in the headlines, trending on social media, and even reaching into the fields of Research and Medicine. They are Wearables.

Everywhere you turn, there is news about the next awesome wearable.

But with so many choices in an industry that moves at lightning speed, how do you know which wearable is right for you? I had no idea where to start and before now, there was no option to “rent” a Wearable. The only option was to purchase it and hope that the company would accept a return if you didn’t like it.

Needless to say, it’s difficult to decide on a wearable, but now there is an innovative company that will help you in that process.

I recently learned about Lumoid (thanks to Kevin Maloy of MI2), a company that gives consumers the chance to test-drive five wearables for several days at a minimal cost before deciding to purchase it or not.

We (MI2’ers) ordered five wearables to “rent” for a week:

withings

Withings Pulse O2

misfit flash

Misfit Flash

Garmin Vivofit

Garmin Vivofit

Withings wireless

Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor

Garmin vivosmart

Garmin Vivosmart

For each device, we:

  • Set up and used the device
  • Tracked our data and interacted with the mobile app
  • Answered
    • Does it meet my expectations, based on the review I read?
    • How does it fit?
    • What is the quality of the device material?
    • How is the data integrity?
    • How is the UX/UI of the mobile app?”

I realized that it’s one thing to read about a device, glance at reviews, and view pictures of people wearing the device. It is a completely different experience to hold the device in my own hands and use it myself.

That’s just it, though. Wearables are about experiences. It’s not just about it “looking nice” or “tracking the right data.” At the end of the day, it’s about the user experience. Is it going to influence me to make healthier decisions?

So, what were the conclusions to the test-run? Before using Lumoid, I would have considered purchasing all of the devices. However, after using Lumoid’s service, I discovered that I only liked one of the wearables.

Although wearables seem to be everywhere, I wonder…what’s after wearables wave? Find out here.

Brittany Singhas, 2015

 

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