realme’s AIoT—the M1 Electronic Toothbrush and Smart Scale—is just the beginning
If you met me a couple of years ago, you wouldn’t be able to talk to me about technology. I rejected using Google tools, like Sheets, I wasn’t sure what to do with Instagram and I definitely knew nothing about AI or the Internet of Things. Resistance to change isn’t uncommon, especially when it comes to technology. We all feel a little scared by the change it brings—even when we’re presented with facts or data on how it’s made life or work easier. We stick to what we know until change is the only option we’re left with.
But then I switched jobs and discovered modern tools that make life a little easier. I discovered how much time I saved when I work on documents online instead of sending it back and forth to the team. I became more receptive to (but selective of) new ideas and new technologies, and how the insights you get from a piece of smart tool can help people, even organizations spot areas for improvement and optimize their performance.
So when realme came out with smart products—the realme M1 Sonic Electric Toothbrush and realme Smart Scale—I was curious. Electric toothbrushes aren’t new so what are they doing different? What is a smart scale (honest question)? But I thought it was a good move for the smartphone brand to diversify into AIoT (Artificial Intelligence of Things), especially for the home (because it looks like we’ll be here a while).
For better oral health: realme M1 Sonic Electric Toothbrush
Over the course of quarantine, I saw my dentist twice. The first time was for my scheduled cleaning, the second to replace a filling. In those two visits, she shared that a lot of other patients understandably missed their bi-annual cleaning but later called about cavity concerns and other oral health issues.
Suddenly and, at least to me, it made sense why an electric toothbrush might be essential. It won’t replace your dentist but it’ll help keep your oral health in better shape than a regular toothbrush. So what makes the realme M1 Sonic Electric Toothbrush different? Made to prevent dental and oral problems, the M1 uses Dupont™ 99.99% antibacterial bristles and 98% end-rounded bristles to prevent oral injuries. It has four cleaning modes: Soft that ensures effective cleaning for those with sensitive gums, Clean that is suitable for routine oral cleanliness, White that cleans using high frequency vibrations for deep cleaning and whitening, and Polish that uses different frequencies to polish teeth from different angles.
It’s also rechargeable and water-resistant, so there’s not much to complain about. But it does take some getting used to and requires little extra cleaning (of your surroundings) after you brush.
Scale up the change: realme Smart Scale
I already own a digital scale, which basically tells me how much I weigh a little more accurately than its analog counterpart. So what would I or other people need a smart scale for? Well, you know those scales you find in drug stores or at the gym that give you a bit more detail on things like body mass index, body fat percentage, etc.? That’s what a smart scale does.
realme’s Smart Scale is a fitness monitor that provides you with more data about your body—for careful analysis and monitoring of course. It boasts a high precision Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA) sensor that calculates body fat and muscle content. Basically, it allows you to measure not just your weight but your health based on fat rate, body shape, BMI, muscle mass, body age, basal metabolism, lean body weight, moisture rate, muscle rate, visceral fat level, skeletal muscle, bone mass, protein, fat mass and heart rate. It’s a mouthful, but the realme Link App will help you make sense of all that information, as well as share practical recommendations to, say, improve your muscle mass. In my case, as I am under exercised, the advice is to work out more regularly—specifically, “to walk at least 6,000 steps a day and move around every hour.”
Best of all, it’s a device that the whole fam can use. It can store multi-person health data profiles matched according to age, gender and height. Meanwhile, its small weight mode can also be used for pets! All that and with a battery life that can last up to a year, I’d say it’s a good investment and a steal at P1,590.
Now more than ever, we’ve seen how technology has helped us—individuals and businesses alike—live through a crisis. It has brought us together in a time where the norm is to stay apart. It has made it possible for us to work and learn from home, to reach people and send help to places far away. It has kept us informed in real time and entertained when the walls feel like closing in.
With the rise of Artificial Intelligence of Things or everyday things made smarter (see: above, smart homes and the like) through machine learning and data collection, the possibilities are endless. Imagine everyday tools and gadgets becoming more proactive rather than reactive. Kind of like how Google predicts what you’re about to search or how smartphones suggest words as you type on the keyboard.
AI enabled IoT, such as realme’s Smart Scale, is just the beginning. And whether you embrace it or not, AIot is the future.
realme’s new smart devices will be available at discounted prices on November 11 through the official flagship Shopee and Lazada stores. The realme M1 Sonic Electric toothbrush and realme Smart scale are discounted to a price of P1,490 and P1,090 from their original price of P1,990 and P1,590, respectively. Both are available in blue and white color variants. For more details and other updates, check out realme Philippines’s official Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Art Matthew Fetalver