Category: Wearable Tech
Battery Life: 5/5
"One of the most useful features for me has been that FOCI both tracks and records your work sessions, providing productivity reports to determine how and when you study best."
― Emily McCarthy, @priortopremed
As an incoming university student, time management is of the utmost importance. Although I can sit at my desk for hours on end, it really boils down to using my time effectively. There is no point in dedicating hours, only to accomplish nothing because I am unable to truly focus. I am a strong believer in the idea that one must not necessarily work harder, but rather work smarter in order to maximize their academic success.
When I was recently approached with the opportunity to try FOCI AI, a focus-boosting wearable by Tinylogics, I was thrilled. FOCI is a small, compact device which clips onto either your pants or FOCI’s Breathing Signal Boost Belt. The wearable, which connects to the downloadable FOCI app through Bluetooth, tracks your specific breathing patterns and nudges you when you lose focus.
Although I was skeptical at first because I could not wrap my head around how FOCI could accurately track my focus, I quickly came to understand just how personalized the technology is when it took a few days to carefully learn my breathing patterns in order to determine when and why my emotion states of focus, calm, distraction, stress, and fatigue were prevalent. As it is intended to track your focus when you are sitting, FOCI is best for periods of study or work, making it perfect for a student such as myself. When opening the mobile app, you are presented with two options, ‘Deep Work’ or ‘Focus Boost.’ I have found that depending on what I hope to accomplish during each time, the two options both serve uniquely advantageous purposes.
FOCI AI is an extremely user-friendly technology which has managed to track my focus quite accurately. I am very pleased with the compactibility of the wearable as it is small, comfortable and discreet when clipped against the abdomen. In my opinion, the device has an exceptional battery life, holding a charge for up to 7 days. One of the most useful features for me has been that FOCI both tracks and records your work sessions, providing productivity reports to determine how and when you study best. For this reason, I have found the technology to be extremely helpful, both while I am studying, as well as when I am trying to determine the most effective study times for me specifically.
Conclusively, I am very satisfied with FOCI. I think that everyone, but particularly students, could benefit tremendously from this focus-boosting wearable. FOCI has allowed me to use my time more effectively, a skill which I believe will help to maximize my academic success while allowing me to achieve more balance in my life by working smarter, not harder.