OneLife's range of QR code identity products first caught my attention at a sportive in Dorking, where I had the chance to see the products in action and chat with a couple of the reps. The idea of having your details linked to a webpage, rather than on the ID product seemed novel at first, but the more I thought about it the more it made perfect sense. When I found out OneLife were offering Wheelsuckers members a discount, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to put their products to the test.
Online ordering: There's no denying that the OneLife website isn't quite as slick or refined as some of its competitors. In fact I found it a little basic. If it weren't for their association with Wheelsuckers and having seen them in person it may have even put me off ordering. The site could do with higher quality product images and examples (I’m sure these will come with time). A virtual mock-up of your final design’s wording would be a nice touch too. Apart from that, the ordering process was easy and straight forward. You choose your product, enter any extra details you wish (four lines max) and add to basket. OneLife have obviously spent more of their budget on innovative products rather than stylish web design. No bad thing in my book. Delivery was speedy, especially for a custom engraved product.
First impressions: The product arrived Royal Mail 1st Class and packaged neatly in a small metal display box with a clear window. Very stylish. I ordered the limited edition Team Sky oops! I mean BlueSky Squadra iD version. Inside the tin are some basic instructions and that's about it. To be fair, it's everything you need and nothing you don't. They cover how to register your product, set up your online profile and cut your band to the correct size.
The metal clasps on the latch hold the band in place firmly (use a screwdriver to pry them open) and cutting the rubber band is simple enough with a pair of scissors and some cautious measuring. Because I've got the wrists of a 12 year old girl I had to slice around two inches off the band! Be extra careful not to cut too much off at this stage.
Wear: I've been wearing my OneLifeID for the past three day’s straight in order to assess the comfort of the product. I've worn it around the house, asleep, all day at work, in the shower, and most importantly on the bike. It's been perfectly comfortable and most of the time you hardly even notice it is there! This is a big call coming from me as I don't even like wearing watches.
Online setup: If you're new to OneLife the first thing you need to do is go online and register your product. A web link is provided for each product giving you the choice to either create a new account or link to an existing account. The first step is to set up your home page. This is where you store all of your details that can be accessed by scanning your QR code. Now this is where the OneLife system comes into its own. There are separate sections for your public details, social connections, lost/found and most importantly, emergency medical info. This latter section can only be accessed using the PIN on the back of the bracelet.
View a demo profile page here: www.onelifeid.com/user/public/s60kc5 (PIN = 1234)
Unlike a normal ID bracelet, if your details change there's no need to re-order a new product. Your information can be changed unlimited times simply by logging into your account. That's their niche. Once again setting all this up is a breeze, but could do with extra customisation options. Something for future updates I'm sure.
Overall: The OneLife SquadraID can be summed up as a total personal emergency ID package wrapped up in a stylish yet functional bracelet. Endlessly updateable, scope for custom coloured or branded bands coupled with secure information storage. The product is great and with future revisions, bound to be even greater. Personally I hope it takes off as it is quite simply a brilliant idea. I’ll never ride without mine again.
Middle Ringer is an obsessive cyclist who is still too young to be a MAMIL, but way too old to mix it with the young guns. He can often be found gasping for breath, pedalling neat little circles around the Royal County of Berkshire.
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