Helo LX is a wearable device that aims to improve on the original Helo. Find out if Helo LX is worth the price today in our review.
What is Helo LX?
Helo LX is a wearable health tracker that fits over your wrist. It looks similar to other wrist-based trackers on the market, featuring a minimalistic interface and an adjustable band.
Helo LX focuses on tracking the activity of your heart. It uses a specific frequency (125 Hz) to track your cardiovascular health (compared to the 35Hz on the original Helo). Specific things tracked by the Helo LX include blood pressure, ECG, heart rate, breath rate, mood, and fatigue. You can also do a “Heart Check” to assess the overall health of your heart.
The Helo LX wearable was launched in December 2016 by American multilevel marketing company World Media & Technology Corp (which also calls itself “Wor(l)d”. The company claims to have projected sales of 1 million Helo units worldwide.
Helo LX was introduced at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. The company describes its LX model as “the luxury version of Helo”.
Essentially, this is a higher-priced version of an ordinary wrist-based wearable heart activity tracker. Keep reading to find out if it’s worth your money.
How Does Helo LX Work?
Helo LX is powered by the Toshiba ApP lite processor, which is the same processor found in the original Helo. The processor analyzes data collected by a light sensor, then tracks that data over time to learn more about you.
In the words of the makers of Helo LX, “more measurement you do, more Helo will learn about you.”
Meanwhile, Helo LX tracks your heartbeat in beats per minute. Each measurement lasts 40 seconds. You’ll need to keep your wrist still for the duration of the measurement – so this isn’t a constant on-demand heart rate tracking system.
Similarly, the breath rate measurement takes 40 seconds and is completed by monitoring your wrist.
What about your mood and energy? How does Helo LX track these things? Well, Helo LX’s processor will run all your physiological data through its algorithms to make assumptions about your mood and energy. Again, this scan takes 40 seconds, during which you’ll need to remain motionless.
Helo LX Features
- Uses 125Hz sensor sampling frequency for maximum accuracy
- Tracks blood pressure, heart rate, breath rate, mood, and fatigue
- Can perform ECGs and heart checks
- Modular, which means you can swap out color bands or buy your germanium-backing separately
- 5 clip-based color bands available, letting you change the color of your wearable to suit your mood, style, or activity
- Helo app lets you monitor your cardiovascular data from your mobile device
- Remotely check the heart health of friends and family using the WeCare app, giving you additional peace of mind
- Setup an alert system via the Helo app, letting you send an alert to certain friends and family if you’re in trouble
- Weighs 103g
- 2.5 x 4 x 1.2cm
- 120mAh lithium battery
- BioZen technology. Wor(l)d has a technology called BioZen. It consists of a sticker chip engineered to reduce the harmful effects of “electrosmog”. According to Wor(l)d, all our electronics give out harmful “electrosmog” during use. This problem is largely invisible, but can cause health issues. BioZen purportedly reduces the risks from electromagnetic fields. At a recent Helo LX introduction event, attendees in the audience were given BioZen stickers to place on their phones and electronics.
Helo LX Versus Helo
As mentioned above, the Helo LX is the “luxury” version of the original Helo. It has many aesthetic and material quality improvements over the original, as well as a new frequency range. Here are the major differences between the two models:
- 125Hz Versus 35Hz: The original Helo used a 35Hz frequency, while the LX uses the 125Hz frequency. Wor(l)d claims this leads to better accuracy in cardiovascular measurements.
- Smaller ECG Plate on the Bottom: The ECG plate has been reduced and optimized.
- New Magnetic Charger: The LX model uses a new charger with a magnetic connection.
- Better Build Materials: The LX features 99.999% pure germanium stone on titanium plates.
- Color Bands: The LX model uses Color Bands, allowing you to swap out your tracker with different colors. There are 5 new colors in total, including Candy Pink, Ultra Violet, Purple Red, Royal Blue, and Light Blue.
Helo LX Pricing
Today, the wearables market is crowded with devices at all price ranges. You can find waterproof wrist-based cardiovascular/health/fitness trackers for under $200. Helo LX is priced significantly higher than the competition, however. Here’s how pricing breaks down:
- Helo LX Box Set: $319 USD
- Helo LX Family Pack: $1349
- Helo LX Premium Pack: $1999
- BioZen Pack of 10: $450
- BioZen Pack of 30: $1350
The wearable is currently only available to preorder. Estimated shipping is March 2017.
Despite the high price of Helo LX, the app is not included with your purchase. You’ll need to pay a steep monthly subscription fee to use the app and enjoy the full features of Helo LX.
Helo App Pricing
Helo has a “free” version of its app, although it has extremely basic functionality and it expires after 30 days. Once your trial period is over, you’ll need to sign up for the “Helo Pro Plan”.
The Helo Pro Plan gives you unlimited recording time, support for 20 people on your WeCare plan, 3 people on your SOS plan, and Guardian / LifeOracle support.
The Helo Pro Plan is priced at $12 USD per month.
Helo LX Refund and Return Policy
Wor(l)d has an average return policy. You can return your Helo LX within 15 days of delivery for any reason.
Beyond that initial 15 day period, returns are only accepted on unused, original-condition products.
About World Media & Technology Corp.
World Media & Technology Corp, which also does business under the name “Wor(l)d” is a multilevel marketing company founded in 2011. The company is led by CEO Fabio Galdi.
In a press release announcing the launch of Helo LX, Galdi explained that they’re expecting to sell one million Helo units worldwide in 2017. He also explained that the company is planning to list itself “on a major US exchange in 2018”. Official sales figures for the Helo were not released – although the company claims to have ordered 300,000 ApP Lite processors from Toshiba in the last 6 months.
Wor(l)d is headquartered in Miami and maintains 15 offices worldwide. The company was founded in 2011.
According to the Wor(l)d About page, the company is “a leading player in the drive towards a more economically stable, socially connected world”, and is “a leader in the global markets of media, mobile and wearable technologies.”
Essentially, Wor(l)d is an MLM that has chosen to focus on the wearable niche.
Should You Buy Helo LX?
Helo LX, at $320, is priced significantly higher than most other wearables on the market – especially considering that it lacks basic features found on other wearables (like waterproofing and fitness tracking).
Today, you can find powerful heart rate trackers for under $200 available online. These wrist-based monitors continuously monitor your heart rate during activities – whether you’re exercising or sitting on the couch.
With Helo LX, on the other hand, you have to hold your wrist still for 40 (!) seconds while the device tracks your pulse. You can take a faster measurement using your fingers.
For all of these reasons, Helo LX doesn’t appear to be worth the money in a wearable market that’s already too crowded.