MyID is an interesting take on the medical identification bracelet — where health information is imprinted on a band worn by the person and which a medical professional can check quickly (extremely important in an emergency, obviously). Where the MyID differs from the purely analog version is that it works in the “Cloud” and so can provide digital information to those who have a device with a compatible reader. This can include allergy, insurance as well as emergency contacts in the online profile and must be set up by the wearer. This can be facilitated through a free app for those with iPhone/iOS devices, as the app will allow managing the profile through it. A year’s free use of the “Cloud” is included with the $19.95 purchase price, with subsequent years being paid on a subscription basis for a premium profile/$9.95 (the basic is free for life).
MyID comes in a variety of designs — the one I was sent is the basic model, sans ceramic and other niceties and consists of a thin black/gray rubber band band that goes around a wrist (more unobtrusive than the Sport’s orange or the Sleek’s blue, white and black). While a bit of a tight fit to get on (depending on the size which comes in child through XL) once in position it will eventually stretch to where it is no more noticeable than wearing a band — young children might feel a bit aggravated wearing it at first compared to that of an adult, however. Once on, normal activities can be put into play — since there are no moving parts, it can’t be affected by the heat, sweat or a sudden downpour.
There is a small light gray icon on the band which functions as a QR code — scanned by an appropriate app on a smartphone, it will provide the necessary information. This does depend on the person looking at MyID to be aware of the band’s function — fortunately most first responders are, if not the general public.
But because MyID can also function as a purely physical band — by providing a service number that can be called 24/7 and which will note information to the one calling when the I.D. and pin number are provided — digital does not supplant the ability to just read information through digital means. This is more than just a “convenience” and if not available, would make the band more of a liability. This not being the case, the combination of the “physical” and the “digital” reading abilities make it a valid and useful means for carrying around medical information, for when it might be needed. The addition of ion technology in MyID can only be an aid.