One great feature to this module is that you can make your own personal massage
modes other than the ones already available to you and you can download from the
Raynet technologies website and install new modes onto the springboard module.
For example, the update which can be downloaded at their website adds a new
"toning" mode. After downloading this update I liked the massager even more! But
don't get your hopes up, this does not whatsoever replace exercise. I talked to
Mr. TC Pang, Managing Director of Raynet technologies, to understand what the
toning mode can do and learned that by using the toning mode before a workout at
the gym, the respective muscles are loosened allowing a much smoother and more
The Smart Power Pack
Raynet technologies was smart enough to include an optional power pack that is able to work with the massager for all non Visor or non PDA users. If you look closely at the module you will notice a small connector slot that connects to the power pack. Using small metal pins, the power pack easily connects to the module. The power pack uses 2 AAA batteries and is very light and simple. There are only 2 buttons on the power pack itself but nevertheless the massager is still able to do just about everything it can do in the Visor. By following the simple steps on the diagram in the back of the power pack, one can enjoy the same massaging experience that is felt while the module is in a Visor.
I also heard that Raynet will release in the future a product that allows this
module to be used with any Palm handheld through the ingenious slot connector. I
personally think that this will be a very smart thing for Raynet to do seeing
how sadly few Visors can actually be found today.
The gel pads are the main things that I needed to look at most durability wise. It is recommended that before a massage you dry the skin area where you will apply the pads and that you keep them covered with the plastic strips that they come on. After using the pads for a week, 2 times a day, I did notice that the pads where becoming less sticky, but not much. As for now the pads stick fine to my body and still produce the same pleasuring feeling. But I really do recommend that you buy extra gel pads at the website just because they will eventually wear out. Overall, I am pleased with how the pads are holding up.
Amazingly I did not notice any significant battery usage with a 15-minute massage in the Visor. I honestly think that battery usage will not at all be a problem to you when you use this product. As for the power pack, Mr. TC Pang informed me that with recent statistics, the power pack with 2 20-minute massages a day will last for about 2 months. No complaints at all on battery usage.
There were at times though in the middle of a massage the massage session would stop and restart itself. But this only happened once or twice. Something that I would have liked would be a pause button in the software. There are times when I need to pause my massage session but every time you stop a massage it restarts the whole session. Maybe in a future update this will be implemented. My last complaint or more of a suggestion would be to add maybe a small screen onto the power pack. I really liked the way Raynet was able to have 2 buttons on the power pack do a massage well, but I think a small screen put onto the power pack would make things easier for an everyday user. The pads stay durable for a while but cant last forever and having to buy new ones I guess could be an annoyance to some people.
Overall Raynet has created an excellent product and with a possibility of something released in the future that would allow this product to be used with other PDA's, I think this product would be just about perfect. Thanks to this springboard module I can actually have my Visor physically massage and relax me, something I would have never dreamed of. I highly recommend this to Visor users who encounter stressful situations at work, school, wherever. If you don't own a Visor go ahead and buy the power pack with the massager, this really is the perfect option for someone who is looking for a well made personal massager.
Extra note: By reading this review, you can
buy combo pack (the massager and the
power pack) for 59 dollars, right in time for the holidays! Normally the combo
pack is sold for 89 dollars so I wouldn't want to miss out on this really great
deal. Update: This new price will be offered starting the 16th of December.
Features - 5
Usability - 4
Setup - 5
Cost/Benefit - 4
Final - 5
-Customizable massage modes
-No significant batter usage
-Can be used with separate Power Pack
-No pause button
-May shut off in the middle of a massage session
-Power pack could use a LCD screen