Independent Helo Review

Independent Helo Review

The following is an independent review of the HELO smart band.

Recently I have been given the opportunity to review a HELO smart band, a comprehensive health monitor which you wear on your wrist. HELO stands for Health and Lifestyle Oracle. Unlike other wristband monitors, what interested me is that this band not only monitors steps and heart rate but claims it can also measure your blood pressure, ECG, respiration and even your energy levels and mood! All the data syncs with an app on your smartphone (Android or iOS) and data can be shared with a loved one (imagine using it to monitor your elderly parents) or even your physician. It even comes with a Panic button mode so that you can summon help.

Sounds too good to be true for just a wristband? Read on.


The smart band comes in an unassuming black square packaging.

For the medical people upon us please don’t be put off by the “health stones” thrown in. Could be a gimmick but the meat of the package is the health band:

First steps

After charging up, you want to be able to sync with the HELO apps in your smartphone. There’s currently a beta HELO app for Android in the play store and an iOS one which is installed using an Enterprise license. The links are here

You power on the HELO by pressing the side button for a couple of seconds. The light turns green when the device is turned on (again it’s a tiny light so it can be difficult to see unless you dim the surrounding light or shield the indicator with your hand). After you launch the HELO app it will ask you to create a free account (using email or mobile number) and then it will automatically look for the device and pair with it via Bluetooth. I initially had some pairing issues but figured out that the problem was that my Android Phone (a Xiaomi Redmi Note 3) was still paired with my Pebble Time watch. After disconnecting the Pebble the phone could pair with the HELO band without issues. After pairing, there was an immediate firmware update and subsequently, I could use the HELO with my Android phone.

I find the layout quite simple and neat. At the top, you will see if the HELO is connected and at the upper right the battery level of the device.

The main page gives a timeline of the data recorded. You can set the automatic recording interval in the settings on the left-hand pane (e.g. to every 60 minutes) under Healthplan.

Heart rate, BP and ECG

How does the Heart rate monitor perform? I compared it directly with my Garmin Vivo smart HR band, manual timing and other digital monitors (like a hospital Dinamap) and it was pretty accurate.

I was at first pretty sceptical about the accuracy of the BP measurements. After all, the device does not use a traditional cuff and I suppose the magic sauce is some sensors (powered by a Toshiba TZ series processor ) for the microcirculation. The manufacturers naturally put out a disclaimer and I don’t think one should consider this a device for diagnosis but more for consumer grade monitoring. You are advised to perform a BP calibration at the beginning, and input what is “normal” for you. Once you have done that you could perform a BP check or a Heart health check which does the heart rate, BP and ECG for you. For ECG you have to place a finger on the sensor plate and a rhythm tracing will be generated in real time after a period. Above is the comparison BP and HR readings with a consumer grade BP set (Tensoval brand) which is pretty close I must say…

Note that all the readings measured by the HELO can be shared e.g. via email to a loved one or your doctor if you wish using a handy sharing option.

More on the ECG function and heart check

The ECG monitoring is done by placing your finger on the sensor plate so that creates the two points necessary for an ECG tracing. I found that you have to apply steady pressure and if the contact is not good there can be artefacts. All in all the tracing can give one an idea if you are dealing with sinus rhythm or some arrhythmia.

There is also a “Heart health check” option where the HELO takes the HR, BP and ECG altogether. In this mode, there is initially what looks like a pretty wild VT as the device does some measurements and then the ECG tracing comes on.

I think the three functions of HR, BP and ECG makes the HELO stand out above the crowd of wearable health tech. Like other consumer health devices, it is not meant to be medical grade (such as to be used for diagnosis and treatment) but it empowers consumers to monitor and understand their cardiovascular health better.

I initially was puzzled as I was getting twice the number of Steps recorded on the HELO as compared to the reading on my Garmin Vivo smart HR and Pebble Time (yes I wore all three simultaneously when testing!). I then realised there was a glitch in the settings of the HELO app. If you input your height and weight in kg and cm, the app would not register that and insist on putting it as lbs and inches, which means the HELO thought I was about half my size, and I suspect that made it roughly double the steps taken.

The HELO claims to monitor other aspects of your health like Energy, Mood and even respiration. I am not clear how it manages to do so. Perhaps the measurement of skin resistance or galvanic response may be behind this but I am not sure. What I found is that the energy levels were reported low when I was asleep and indeed after a long ward round when I was really tired. Respiration rate did not change even though I purposely hyperventilated so I am not sure what it is measuring. Mood is very subjective, but galvanic skin responses  may indeed reflect your mood so you never know.

As a sleep monitor, the HELO keeps a log of your sleep pattern. I found the reporting part needs some work in the beta app as it did not show the whole sleep cycle and it seems to be broken up by the 12MN mark. I have reported this bug to HELO support which acknowledged there is an issue with the Sleep monitoring section.

SOS function and monitoring

There are specialised SOS wrist bands out there but it is neat that HELO has one built in. In the free version (no subscription needed), you can nominate one person to be the recipient of the SOS which is initiated by pressing the button twice. If one subscribes to a plan, you could monitor the health and well-being of up to 20 people.

Final conclusions

I think the strong point of the device is that it is a useful tool if you want to keep track of your heart health. So folks with Hypertension, Diabetes, Ischaemic heart disease, Heart rhythm disorders may want to consider getting one. It won’t replace your visit to the doctor’s office but the fact is that you could keep close tabs on your personal heart health, record and share data with medical professionals.

Personally, I found the ECG function outstanding and if you think of it, it is like a personal Holter monitor. For patients with intermittent arrhythmias, it could be a useful tool to record the event to share with your cardiologist. Here’s a video which illustrates how it keeps track (30 days worth) of your ECG recordings:

Any downsides? Well, the band does not have any display in this current model so you cannot see real time data such as heart rate and have to refer to your smartphone app in order to do this. Having a display may impact the battery life (which is about 3 days currently) but as my Garmin Vivo smart HR can last 3-5 days with the heart rate monitor one and still have a display perhaps it is doable in the future.

The manufacturers make a promise of a future ability to measure oxygen saturation and even glucose. Whether that promise will be delivered, time only will tell, but as it is for heart health I think if you want one for this purpose it is worth considering.

There are so many benefits in this product and with the backing of two major corporate giants the following is very much worth considering

1) Be a customer

2) Become a worldwide business partner ( by purchasing the family / Executive pack)

Finally, whether you are looking for a career enhancement or one of the best health monitoring health aids then this is a must for serious consideration

Helo Wristband

Helo Wristband

Helo Wristband A new dimension in mobile health.

Helo is a revolutionary device that helps track your vital signs and gives tips and suggestions to improve your lifestyle, Truly one the leading edge of technology, way a head of any other wearable technology on today’s market.

Helo allows you to monitor your vital sign 24/7 thanks to the best sensors on the market. HELO is your typical wristband. Using the most advanced sensors on the market, it allows you to obtain measurements of your vital signs with high accuracy.

Blood Pressure

Helo is able to perform a Blood Pressure measurement thanks to its innovative Toshiba ApP lite processor. This data is detected by a light sensor which illuminates the skin and measures changes in light absorption. More measurement you do, more Helo will learn about you. Heart Rate

It measures the heartbeat in beats per minute. The measurement lasts 40” and is done by launching the process without moving your wrist. At the end of the measurement, the values will be displayed and you can choose between repeating the measurement or store it in the history log. Breath Rate

It measures the respiration in breaths per minute. The measurement lasts 40” and is done by launching the process without moving your wrist. At the end of the measurement, the values will be displayed and you can choose between repeating the measurement or store it in the history log. Mood and Energy

It returns indexes thanks to which the sensors and a dedicated algorithm, describe the levels of mood and fatigue. The measurement lasts 40” and is done by launching the process without moving your wrist. At the end of the measurement, the values will be displayed and you can choose between repeating the measurement or store it in the history log. Heart Check

It performs a check of the heart through the combined measurement of ECG, heart rate and blood pressure. The measurement lasts 120″ and is done by placing your index finger on the plate with the heart icon (Fig. A). At the end of the measurement, the values will be displayed and you can choose between repeating the measurement or store it in the history log. ECG

It performs an electrocardiogram by plotting the brachy values.

The measurement lasts 40″ and is done by placing your index finger on the plate with the heart icon (Fig A.). At the end of the measurement, the values will be displayed and you can choose between repeating the measurement or store it in the history log.

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Embrace Change

Embrace Change

With recent changes within the way we do business around the world, I have over the past few years had first-hand experience of these changes within our market place. Redundancy… is more apparent and somewhat unexpected. Just look at our high street what was once big names no longer have a strangle hold on the high street along with dictating upon how we shop the tide has turned and the consumer is once again king, this affects the way we now think of working.

Most people have heard of the term Network Marketing and usually at the end of that word, “scheme” is added – giving the whole business models a bad name.

Not only are home businesses or network marketers very interesting, they are extremely successful. Many longstanding organisations in the country have this business model. Network marketing is a strategy in which the sales force is compensated not only for sales they personally generate but also for the sales of others they recruit, creating a down line of distributors and multiple levels of compensation

Most commonly, the salespeople are expected to sell products directly to consumers by means of relationship referrals and word of mouth marketing.

Network marketing companies are a frequently subject of criticism. Criticism has focused on their similarity to illegal pyramid schemes. You may know people that sell products from Avon, Tupperware, Utility Warehouse and the like. You know people who sell these types of products because they believe in the products and the companies that stand behind them, these companies empower those who sell their products to actually establish their own business, selling the products. This is very attractive to many entrepreneurial minded people who do not want to have a boss watching over them but also want some pre-established structure and support

This opportunity may not be for you, it’s not for everyone. But the next time you meet someone who runs a “home-based” business give them a high five for taking their career and life into their own hands and becoming an entrepreneur. They’re taking control, creating their future and building their dreams …..

We are part of this profession and can proudly say that this is fast growing business / trade. Time for change… so if you’re looking to change your life you need to change your thinking and get in touch

25 Things About Life I Wish I Had Known 10 Years Ago

25 Things About Life I Wish I Had Known 10 Years Ago

25 Things About Life I Wish I Had Known 10 Years Ago

1. Struggle is good.Never say, “I can’t take it anymore.” Instead say, “bring it on!”

2. Don’t complain.Complaining is the biggest waste of time there is. Either do something about it, or if you can’t, shut up about it.

3. Spend time with people you love.That’s your family and best friends. If you don’t have a family, create one. Most people in life are only visitors. Family is for life.

4. Don’t start a relationship if you’re not in love.I’ve done this more than once. You kind of like someone and think, “We might as well give it a shot.” Not a good idea. You’re either in love or you are not. Don’t fool yourself. It’s not fair to you or the other person.

5. Exercise daily.I didn’t get this until recently. A healthy body is where you have to start everything in life. If you can’t build a healthy and strong body, what can you build in life?

6. Keep a journal.No, keeping a journal is not for children. It helps you to become a better thinker and writer. “I don’t want to be a writer,” you might think. Well, how many emails and texts do you send a day? Everybody is a writer.

7. Be grateful.Say “thank you” to everyone and everything. “Thank you for this beautiful day.” “Thank you for your email.” “Thank you for being there for me.”

8. Don’t care about what other people think.We all die in the end—do you really think it matters what people think of you?

9. Take more risks.Don’t be such a wimp.

10. Pick an industry, not a job.If you want to become good at something, you need to spend years and years doing that. You can’t do that if you hop from industry to industry. Pick an industry you love and start at the bottom. You will find the perfect role for you eventually.

11. Lead the way.When you find yourself in a situation where everyone looks at each other, it’s time for you to lead. You’re a leader when you decide to become one. There’s no initiation or a title. Just a decision.

12. Money isn’t important.It really isn’t. But you have to train yourself not to care about money. Don’t become too dependent on the stuff you own; otherwise, the stuff will own you.

13. Be nice.I don’t mean you should be a pushover. You can be someone that doesn’t take sh*t and be nice about it. Just don’t insult people, think you’re better than them, or act like an idiot.

14. Learn every day.You’ve got to train your brain to stay alert. You don’t have to read a book a day to learn every day. Learn from your mistakes. Learn from the people around you—be open to what they can teach you.

15. Rest before you are tired.Even if you love your job and every day seems like a holiday, you need to take time to rest. You’re a human, not an android. Never forget that.

16. Don’t judge.Just because people make different choices than you doesn’t mean they’re stupid. Also, you don’t know everything about people, so don’t judge them—help them.

17. Think about others.Just be mindful, that’s all. We all have families, bills to pay, and our own issues. Don’t always make everything about yourself.

18. Give without expecting something in return.Don’t keep score. You will become a bitter person if you do that. Give solely for the joy of giving. If you get something in return, great. If you don’t, great.

19. There’s no end game.We, as a species, just are. Don’t try to figure it all out. Enjoy your journey.

20. Enjoy small things.I like clichés because they are true. Especially this one. You know why? Everyone says they know it, but no one lives up to it. They just chase big things.

21. Don’t take yourself so seriously.Yeah, yeah, you’re an individual, and people have to take you seriously, I get it. But at the end of the day, we’re all a bunch of ants trying to chase the same things. Lighten up.

22. Don’t blame people.What’s the point? Do you want to punish them? You don’t do that to people. Also don’t blame yourself—you’re only human.

23. Create something.Not to leave a legacy (you won’t be here to see it anyway), but to be of use. Make music, write a book, build a table—anything. You’ll feel good about yourself, plus you give something back to people to use or enjoy

.24. Never look back too long.Reflecting on the past is only good for one thing: learning.

25. Take action.Don’t just sit there, do something. Without action, there is no outcome.

Embracing The New! Working Towards A Balance

Embracing The New! Working Towards A Balance

As our personal business goes international  I have put together 10 questions that are frequently directed to players of the direct selling industry. These are directed either because of being less or misinformed or due purely to prejudices. I am sure many of you have come across some or all of these.

Here are some usual answers to them:

1. Do network marketing and pyramid scheme mean the same thing?

No! They might seem similar but they are very different from each other. The participants’ incomes depend upon retailing of goods and services in the network marketing model. In a pyramid scheme on the other hand, it is dependent only on the inflow of new participants.

2. What is a “ Ponzi Scheme ”?

In short, it is the finance industry’s pyramid scheme. Here, participants’ incomes are paid not from the profits generated through their own investments, but through the investments of newcomers. Needless to say, the system collapses shortly when there are fewer newcomers.

3. Is direct selling a sustainable business model?

I will answer this by giving some examples to direct selling companies operating at the moment, mentioning when they were established:  Southwestern  (1855),  J.R. Watkins (1868), Vorwerk (1883)Avon  (1886),  Kleeneze  (1923),  Tupperware  (1946), Shaklee (1956),  Amway  (1959),  Mary Kay  (1963),  Oriflame  (1967) and  Natura  (1969). (1978)  Forever Living Products


4. Is this  channel only good for beauty products and food supplements?

Beauty, personal care and food supplements altogether is estimated to be generating more than half of the global revenue in direct selling. That being said, all categories that one can think of are making very good use of this channel: Jewelry and accessories, coffee and tea, kitchenware, phone services, financial products, books and toys, to name a few. With the incoming of more and more new categories in the developed markets, the total share of cosmetics and nutritional products is lower than the world average.

5. Is direct selling an opportunity for individuals to get rich quick?

Direct selling provides an opportunity to individuals to reach very high income levels regardless of what their educational backgrounds and work experiences may be. In economic terms, it is a micro-entrepreneurship model. However, one should not expect to achieve a very high income in a short time. Just like it is in any other business, here too, effort, sacrifice and time are required.

6. How important is being one of the first members of a network marketing organization?

There is no direct link between being one of the founding members of a field organization and high earnings. In other words, this does not guarantee a higher income. Looking from another perspective, if this was true who would want to join an organization after a while?

7. Can individuals make a career in direct selling, working for many years?

Absolutely! They can work for many years and their businesses can be inherited after they pass way. I personally know many people who have been doing direct selling for over 20 years now. This is a career!

8. Is direct selling more suitable for women?

Globally, it is estimated that 75% of direct sellers are women and 25% are men. Direct selling can be easily done on a part-time basis. And this characteristic appeals to women very much. There are many organizations where there are much more men than there are women. Being a typical micro-entrepreneurship, we cannot say direct selling is more suitable to women or men.

9. What is a compensation plan?

A compensation plan shows how a direct seller will be compensated against meeting certain criteria of success. Some of these plans are quite simple while some are really complicated. The complexity of a compensation plan does not necessarily show it is a solid one.

10. Do the advances in the digital world pose a threat to direct selling future?

Some thought they would. However, especially the developments in social media showed the opposite. Contrary to this belief, we see that the Internet provides very powerful tools to support the activities on the field.

In Summary

Some say Network Marketing is fast becoming the new franchise of the 21st century. Mainly down to the industry cleaning its act up over the past 15 years along being in reach to any individual with the desire and wish to build a profitable home based business with very little capital  required.

With the right frame of mind and the right company many people up and down the UK have transformed their lives by building a residual-passive income with the majority doing so along their current commitments on a part time level.

So will the industry work for you?

Well to be honest, that decision is down to the individual as many people give up at the first sign of difficulty forgetting its a business “your business”  so choosing the right company you is very important

Top 5 tips

1.What are the products offered? do they interest you, will you use them, is it in  growing market sector.

2.  What does the program place emphasis on? Product sales or recruits?  there should be a balance of recruiting and sales you need both however if the products do not stand out then you my need to reconsider your choice of company!!

3. What is the commission structure like?  is it easy to follow and explain to you new team members, is the emphasis of the commission bult of product turnover or recruiting again if the emphasis is on recruiting than this to me rings alarm bells.

4. For how long has this company been in business?  To me this is very simple I need a company with good foundations and experience within this market, as for the business failure rate is no different than any other mainstream businesses today.  so for me 8 to 10 years plus is a good indicator that the business is being well run.  This doesn’t mean younger companies won’t stand the test of time as all companies start from a beginning “due diligence is key”.

5. What are people saying about this company?  what’s the buzz on the street, remembering all companies will have good or bad press. what’s the management team like, are they investing regularly in their own business. are they approachable, training, people skills, product investment working within the local community.. its has to fit in with you and what you’re really looking for

The Downside

Being in the firing line of negative comments for the first 6-12 months while you build your reputation as a local business owners and this can come from close family and friends. Yes you need to treat this as a business and not a hobby. The other downside is the lack of expectations, as most people still treat their new venture as a job  expecting a weekly salaries.

The real expectation is to set your plans of 2 to 5 years to see a significant change in lifestyle, but this only comes with commitment and the right business plan, training and plugging into the company plan, remembering all companies regularly review their products and operational procedures. So embrace any changes that may happen and implement straight away within your business and your team.

This industry is remarkable and for those who embrace a new way of working will reap the rewards. Granted it’s not for everyone but getting the facts upon if it’s right for you is vital and not the opinions of those who just don’t quite get it  or failed within it.