Ogawa Master Drive AI Review
by Massage Chair Expert on Mar 22, 2021
Ogawa has released their new Ogawa Master Drive AI Massage Chair. This is a 5th iteration in their Master Drive series and is the most advanced and connected massage chair ever invented. We always love taking a look at what Ogawa is doing because of their influence on the massage chair industry. They invest more than any other brand and it shows with the Master Drive AI.
We will be looking at the main massage features of the Master Drive AI, which include the 4D Vario Motion Roller, the SL-Track, the Chair Doctor, the Brushless Motor, the Massage Programs, the Ogawa App, and the Samsung Tablet. Lets start with the 4D Vario Motion roller.
4D Vario Motion Massage Robot
One of the most effective parts of a massage chair should be the Massage Robotic. Most people do not realize this but this Robotic is what mimics a humans hands and provides the most effective part of the massage. When using an Ogawa chair, and specifically the Master Drive AI it becomes very clear why their chairs are so special. The level of smoothness, articulation, and responsiveness is a one of a kind experience. There are only a few other brands that have reached this level of sophistication, which include Panasonic and some Inada chairs. You also have 3 levels of intensity to choose from that allow you to choose a light, medium, or deep tissue massage. The Massage Robot can detect all the subtle nuances of the human body, and can target even the hardest to reach places, like the nape of the neck. Now lets check out the SL-track.
The 4D Vario Motion roller travels down an SL-track that massages from the next to the glutes. This is the only massage chair that has this sophisticated of a massage robotic on a 54 inch SL-track. With some massage chairs it is a tradeoff of depth control and coverage, but the Master Drive AI is able to combine both of these without issue. This type of track will also offer relief to chronic issues like sciatica, lower back pain, and tense neck muscles. The programs are also designed to take advantage of this track by offering targeted relief, a full body refresh, or stretching sessions. This feature works perfect with the Chair Doctor.
Ogawa developed a patented biometric technology they call the Chair Doctor. You simply hold the Chair Doctor in your hand and it is able to read your blood oxygen levels and give you a real-time tension score. You are able to monitor all of these results directly through the Ogawa App and the chair will prescribe you a custom massage based on the results. You can also take daily readings to monitor your tension score and see how it will change over time. No other massage chair available has this level of intelligence. Now we will look at the M.5 Microprocessor and Brushless motor that help the Chair Doctor work.
State of the Art M.5 Microprocessor and Brushless Motor
We commonly judge a chair on the way it looks and how it makes us feel, but we rarely pay attention to its brains or its brawn. That is exactly why the M.5 Microprocessor and Brushless motor are the unsung hero of this chair. They are what make all of these amazing functions possible. Not only are they able to make the massage robot smarter, more responsive, and more sensitive to the user, but they also extend the lifespan of the chair and make it quieter than any other massage chair. They technologies are traditionally reserved for super computers and complex medical equipment but now they are being used to help you get the best massage ever. Now lets check out the Massage Programs.
The Master Drive AI has 26 massage programs, as well as memory programs, and custom made Chair Doctor programs. There are over 500 personalization options and no shortage of features to customize. These programs are designed for every scenario, from relaxation, to pain relief, to exercise recovery. Each program offers a warm up and cool down period like a real masseuse and takes advantage of all the massage functions this chair has to offer. You can customize the timer settings so you can have a quick massage for 5 minutes, to a more thorough 30-minute session. Most people will get all the benefits of a full body massage in just 15 minutes. Now lets check out the Alexa voice control, Ogawa App, and Armrest controls.
Alexa Voice Control
You control the Master Drive AI with Alexa Voice Control. You will need an Amazon Echo and the Free App download from Amazon If you would like to use the Voice Controls.
Ogawa Master Drive APP
You control the Master Drive AI with the Ogawa App. When you purchase the Master Drive AI you get a 10.1 Samsung tablet, and the Ogawa App works perfectly on this device. The Ogawa App is very intuitive and is easy to learn for any level of user. The Ogawa App can be downloaded from the Google Play store.
You control the Master Drive AI with armrest controls so you have multiple ways of making minor changes or customizations during a massage. Never before have we seen a chair this easy to control.
In Summary - 10 out of 10
We have touched on the most exciting features of this massage chair, but there are many more to talk about which we listed below. We give this chair a 10 out of 10 and think that anyone who ends up buying this chair will be blown away with what it can do and how it makes him or her feel. Check out the current price on the Ogawa Master Drive AI Massage Chair.
- Heated Massage Rollers
- Reflexology Foot Rollers
- 60 Compression Massage Airbags
- Heated Knee and Calf Therapy
- Zero Gravity with 2 Positions
- 6 Massage Techniques with Dual Motion (clockwise and counter clockwise)
- Space Saving Recline
- Chromotherapy Lighting
- Bluetooth Speakers
- High Quality Upholstery