WatchOvers Liberty GPS Location Watch Phone Product Review

It is great to get a product review of our WatchOvers Liberty watch phone from a technology manager dealing with assistive care.  Here is what Chris had to say:

WatchOvers Liberty GPS Location Watch Phone Product Review

Firstly. Thank you for providing the opportunity to trial your gps watch. Below is a brief report based on my observations, experience and subsequent thoughts.

Set up out of the box

Set up instructions were simple to follow for a lay person. No real issue here. The paper instructions and smart phone app were easy to negotiate.

Charging

No problem here. A good solid usb connection. Charge duration and subsequent battery life was consistent with other similar devices.

Wearing

Strap is comfortable. Options to change a strap for a conventional replacement or locking strap would be good. (despite sacrificing colour coordination – this one was lime green)!

Style

(Putting aside the colour) the watch was worn prominently without mention from any one as to what it was. This is a major plus as a barrier to adoption of any device is when it brings attention to a problem; becoming a badge of disability! Authenticity as ‘just a watch’ would be strengthened with a permanent time display on the screen. This would also be highly practical from a wearer’s perspective for day to day watch use.

Raising an alert

The button on the right side is quite small, though prominent enough to press.  Difficult to say how easy a person with memory issues (dementia) or dexterity issues would have pressing it for the desired time. Not a design gripe, just an obvious observation.

Two way speech

The communication was very clear.

App

As stated this was easy to install and easy enough to use. Alerts from the watch came through quickly and the map reference was highly accurate.

However on a couple of occasions when sending a location request from the smart phone the map loaded to show a world map before zoning into a correct location after some time. This was a little disconcerting! It would be better that no map was shown until a location was found.

Low battery notifications were very helpful.

Bespoke messages

I really liked the ability to send message prompts from app to watch for given times. This was a hidden gem; in itself a really useful feature with potential.

Summary

Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Inconspicuous
  • Good notifications
  • Highly accurate gps pinpointing
  • Message facility

Cons

  • Inability to change strap (minor point)
  • No permanent time display

Conclusion

I would have no problem recommending this product to an appropriate end user. The various colour options do lend it to the target market (children), but I can see this colour choice being desirable to adults too. So long as the person will wear it (bearing in mind our usual target market is persons with dementia) the carer has an easy to use and accurate means to locate and communicate with a person.

Having a watch is a step forward from pendant type devices on the market. However well designed these pendants still carry some stigma of ‘disability’, and may be less likely to be on the person.

Chris M.  Assistive Technology Manager UK

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