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Product Reviews / Evaluation Report Summaries (ERS)

Induction Certificate Number:   74020100524-419
Induction Date:   May 24, 2010
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   Oshi mat
MSRP:   $39.95
Company URL:  http://www.oshimat.com
Rating: 

Oshi mat

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Product & Service Evaluation Specialist / Editor
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  05/24/2010

Oshi mat is an environment friendly product like you never imagined; a recyclable, easy to clean, non – toxic foam mat designed for infants. It is 100% PVCSafe™ and LatexSafe™! It is made out of Thermal Plastic Elastomer (TPE); which means it doesn't have the safety concerns of PVC and Latex!

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Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Developmental Play Equipment 2009 Consumer/Education Infant to Adult Female/Male


Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.


Cost Benefit Durability Ease of Use Functionality Marketability Visual Appeal
5 5 5 5+ 5 4

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.



Critical Evaluation Information

These icons represent important attributes with which this product / service is associated, contributes to, or encourages development of. Select any of the unique icons below to learn more about the specific attribute it represents.
                     





image of factory with ecological leaves symbol. Trade Industry Sales Types

Wholesale Retail Reseller Online 

 



Safety Guidelines Symbol ImageSafety / Quality Classifications
 
CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)
ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious
(Not Applicable)



CPSIATÜVEU
Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 
 Compliant
  (Unconfirmed)CTC Group
LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
  
BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
(Not Applicable)
Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)
(Not Applicable)



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
793573750624 Not AvailableLabeled



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
Taiwan

 

Introducing Oshi mat

There are plenty of mats designed for infants on the market yet Oshi mat managed to set the bar on several planes which has captured the wannbe's to wonder what happened.  Oshi mat is an environment friendly such as you never imagined; a recyclable, easy to clean, non – toxic foam mat designed for infants. It is made 100% out of Thermal Plastic Elastomer (TPE); which means, it is 100% PVC and Latex free!

An example of the Oshi mat's portability as seen here on a Eco-Conscious stroller by Baby-Planet

As you can see in the image at-left, Oshi mat is a mother's dream product. Lightweight, easy to stow and carry, Oshi mat allows you to take it virtually anywhere to make use of its extreme level of versatility. Whether being used for changing diapers, serving as a play mat for your infant, or who knows what else, the potential uses of the Oshi mat are literally boundless. 

Oshi mat's is currently used for developmental classes and educational activities. (Baby classes' hard and rough carpets, lack of comfort, and the exposure to bacteria and viruses made the mat a true necessity!)

What is quite intriguing about this is that although Oshi mat was developed to fulfill the need in developmental classes and educational studies, parents have begun to discover a vast variety of creative applications for its use. 



Taking Safety and Eco Concerns Serious

Where do I start? With so many details to choose from to feature about the Oshi mat, the task seems near overwhelming! To begin, I would like to point out how Oshi mat is not like so many other products in the same class. It is light weight, water repellent, odorless, and cold resistant. With it being moisture free, it does not allow bacteria to be be able to accumulate.

For a woman, those special times each month where Nature's design is in full function are a time when even a pin drop seems like a canon going off.  Oshi mat's density and unique design provide an exceptional level of comfort and support for your baby.  Especially during these times when you least desire to have your child being fussy.

Even more important to consider is how the Oshi mat has achieved a monumental success by removing all fear of PVC or Latex issues and concerns.  Are you aware that numerous reports have been brought to the forefront that PVC is hazardous to our health and our environment?  To add to that Latex, a material which has been used for everything from bras to baby's toys has now been found to be commonly associated with allergies. 

Two article have been provided below to give you a little more light on those two concerns.  These articles will also enable you to gain a clearer view as to why Oshi mat is so special and a literal absolute necessity.



Independent Evaluator Reports - Their Own Perspective

Obtaining An Independent Perspective...

In this section we will cover the "Oshi mat" from the perspectives of qualified professionals in the specific field associated with the product being evaluated. To accomplish that task we have called upon the assistance of two top industry professionals who know their stuff and have the credentials to prove it.

Our professional and independent evaluators have formed their own opinions from extensive analysis and produced detailed, in-depth reports connected with their study and evaluation of the "Oshi mat".  The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from those same reports with some which have been paraphrased and others verbatim, in order to encapsulate the primary points being conveyed in each report. This approach provides completely independent perspectives in the evaluation of the"Oshi mat" product.


PLEASE NOTE: The names of our independent evaluators are not disclosed to protect the privacy of these individuals upon their request. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and qualified product evaluation summary. Their title is provided to clarify for our readers the specific type of specialist from which the information provided has been included in each product evaluation summary. All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion of The Toy Man® Product Guide, any other division of GreyWolf Corp, or GreyWolf Corp itself.

 

An image of the Oshi mat product.

PRODUCT: Oshi mat

  • ecofriendly, LatexSafe™, PVCSafe™ and Independent lab tested.
  • Provides the comfort of knowing your baby is safe with thick padding.
  • Lightweight, easy to stow & carry, and highly versatile in functionality.


Post Natal Pediatrician, MD, Ph.D.

"Oshi mat is a product which a mother can truly understand and appreciate with such a diversity in functional use and safety for herself and her child. Recyclable, convenient for a mother, and providing an added margin of safety for a baby, the Oshi mat is a wonderful product a mother can appreciate."

"The Oshi mat was well received with our test groups with the product being see as one mother expressed in sharing her opinion, 'It is absolutely THE rave!'.  The strongest as well as most important point identified was not a single feature alone.  For our test groups as well as our own staff, the Oshi mat covers safety first with it being comprised of non-toxic materials.  At the same time though, it can be used for so much more than just 'baby'."

"Multi-use application combined with potential spore development of viruses or other harmful elements being brought nearly to a halt, makes the Oshi mat a product which surpasses all other products in same class which we have evaluated to date. The use of Thermal Plastic Elastomer (TPE) in the design of the Oshi mat is responsible for this to be realized,"

"Another significant benefit we can see is a mother being enabled to access the Oshi mat or put it away in a matter of moments with little to no effort.  Many times a mother is in a public place with an immediate need for a diaper to be changed on her baby. The problem which she faces is that finding a safe and clean location to do in a moment's notice is near impossible.  The Oshi mat resolves that issue which results with both a mother and child having a more positive physical and psychological experience."



 


Professor of Behavioral Biology

"The Oshi mat is an product which based upon our own studies has proven to have a strong influence in the behavioral responses of the infants which were used. The Oshi mat product goes well beyond acceptable/required standards.  This is especially true with the consideration of the material being TPE which provides a non-toxic material that is lightweight yet requires a minimal level of depth to maintain a comfortable surface for a baby."

"The Oshi mat has a distinct difference from other mats of this sort.  The design is similar to having an over-sized tab in appearance on one end. The logic in this design is so simple and functional.  With most mats designed to serve the same purpose, you have a squared or rectangular mat."

With the Oshi mat the extension of the material allows a mother to have that portion of the mat breaching the edge of a counter or other surface which may not necessarily be of a desire able state in condition. This portion of the mat protects the mother from any foreign materials from making contact with her clothing without losing need space on the mat to attend to the baby's needs."

"Capability to perform important tasks such as changing a diaper or providing a place for the child to rest or be active in discovery for the baby external of the home is no longer a challenging ordeal to experience. This creates a vast improvement in parent/child interaction, post-natal learning skill development and psychological impression which will follow the child all the way to adulthood."




Consumer Hands-On Evaluation

Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is under evaluation. Based upon that fact we put a number of products we currently are slated to evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. Shall we see how the "Oshi mat" was seen with consumers?

An image of the Oshi mat with infant in Play on it.

The "Oshi mat" provided the perfect medium to capture the attention of women and entice them to participate in our evaluation study.  It created an enormous level of response with all of the parents participating in our hands-on product evaluation.

Oshi mat was without question "...the Rave" to all of the women participating, especially the mothers who were quite expressive in their opinions.   Even a fool could easily see the excitement with the mothers, some of them even sharing past experiences with other mats that were "...nothing like this Oshi mat!"

Oshi mat was a serious hit with the ladies and it was a pleasurable experience to see these women so excited over what to a man is just a simple mat to change diapers on.  To these women, Oshi mat was the perfect solution. It appears that many of the mothers were constantly talking about the Oshi mat and how it was such a perfect thing to have or how their babies just loved it. 

As we videotaped the hands on experience for each participant with all of the products we had brought, the Oshi mat was seen as being one of the most products. We had our hands full with loads of products from our getting behind schedule as of late yet it was still a great experience, well worth the effort.

In our reviewing of the consumer hands-on feedback forms which the participants filled out, we determined that Oshi mat was unquestionably one of the favorites. This is a product for mothers which was an immediate attention getter. Well off the scale in popularity and functionality, the Oshi mat passed this segment of our evaluation without any hiccups or discomforts in the consumer hands-on feedback forms.


A Sampling Of Our Many Evaluation Category Ratings


A small sampling of the individual category titles & rating scores from the complete product review itself for this product are featured here. The categories which have been selected to be featured in this product evaluation summary for public view, specify some of the primary points of how and why that specific rating score was reached.

  • If a product is inducted, a product evaluation summary of the complete review is published for public view.
  • When a score has been assigned to a category rating, it has been through a thorough validation process to ensure accuracy and no inflection of bias.
  • If a product scores an overall category evaluation rating average of [2] Two Stars or lower from the complete review results, it fails the evaluation and is not inducted.
  • Information for products which do not pass our evaluation is confidential and is shared only with the company submitting the product.


The Featured Category Ratings Sample for this Product Evaluation Summary are listed below.



DURABILITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

Determining the level of durability of Oshi mat was quite simple when you consider that we ran the Oshi mat threw an extensive number of tests where the mat was pushed to the limits in endurance. Please understand there was extensive validated testing completed as well by qualified and credentialed professionals as well.

With the Oshi mat you have a product made with materials designed to last, (TPE), while at the same time being ecofriendly as well as LatexSafe™, PVCSafe™ and Independent lab tested. This helps have no health risk to worry about either. The durability level pretty much assures extended use under the strongest wear and tear from actual use with children or adults. The final analysis in our evaluation of Oshi mat in this category was a rating of 5 out of 5.



EASE OF USE: Rating Level - [5]

Ease of use? Oshi mat couldn't be any simpler to use. Just pull it out of the tubular shaped bag, unroll it, and place it where you need to. Oshi mat is about as simple as you can get when it comes to ease of use and pulls a perfect score in this category.



FUNCTIONALITY: Rating Level - [5]

i personally think that Oshi mat has a chance at re-defining functionality! The versatility of use and application is literally boundless! It is a masterpiece of design which the competitors will find hard to match. Oshi mat pulls a perfect score in this category.



MARKETING VALUE: Rating Level - [5]

Oshi mat pulled well ahead of the pack when it comes to marketing value. The design of the Oshi mat is well above average in visual appeal and combined with functionality and with the perfect price point, the marketability of the Oshi mat is clear as can be with the highest of success. Such an incredible masterpiece of creative design which is so durable and functional can be seen as nothing but the very best in its class in this category. Oshi mat pulls a perfect score in this category.



VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [4]

Oshi mat scored a perfect score in many of the entire group of evaluation categories, not just those featured here. When it comes to visual appeal though it was a challenging category to settle. The Oshi mat is well above average in visual appeal yet not quite enough to make it to a perfect score. There just isn't enough of the right elements to make a person go WOW! In this category, Oshi mat pulls an almost perfect score of [4] in this category.






EVALUATION RESULTS - From evaluation for induction into "The Toy Man® News & Reviews"
       
    Overall Rating:   5
     
    Seal of Approval:  
     
    Recommends Award:  
       
       
    eco-Recognition™ Seal:  
     
    Award of Excellence:  
     
    eChoice™ Award:  
       
       
    S. T. E. M. Award:   
     
    Mom Approved Award:  
     
    Award of Recognition:™  
       



THE TOY MAN® SEAL OF APPROVAL

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Since 1971 The Toy Man® Seal of Approval has served as an emblem of professional recognition for a 
product or service having met the strict evaluation standards of The Toy Man® Product Guide. Since 1971, "The Toy Man® Seal of Approval" has served as an emblem and standard for professional recognition of a product or online service having met the globally recognized evaluation standards of The Toy Man® Product Guide.

This emblem was first established in 1971 by the International Parenting Institute™. It is modeled after the "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval®", an emblem of recognition for products which meet the globally recognized high standards set forth by the Good Housekeeping Institute®.





THE TOY MAN® ECO-RECOGNITION SEAL

"An emblem of the highest recognition...
for support of ecological concerns applied in full measure."

The Toy Man® eco-Recognition Seal™, by Rev. James
G.W. Fisher, (Chief editor and Product Evaluation Specialist of The Toy Man® Product Guide), and staff.  
These products have demonstrated that they possess the potential as well as high probability to be top sellers.
The Toy Man® eco-Recognition Seal™ embodies the highest recognition for products and services which provide a significant contribution to ecological concerns by one or more of the following;
- earthFriendly™ / Recycled / Recyclable materials are being used primarily or entirely in the manufacturing of the product.

- Product is or will soon be available exclusively or primarily online.


THE TOY MAN® AWARDS

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yet they provide the well earned recognition well beyond the average that is truly deserved!"

"The Toy Man® Award of Excellence" is awarded to inductees that have an overall Evaluation Category Rating Average, ECRA™, of [5] Stars. That is the highest level of rating available on a 1-5 scale evaluation model. The ECRA is based upon the overall average from all applicable evaluation categories"
PLEASE NOTE: There are a total of 357 evaluation categories with a minimum of 231 being applicable to any one product or online service in our evaluation process with 6 being featured in the Evaluation Report Summary, ERS.


The Toy Man® eChoice™ Award, by Rev. James
G.W. Fisher, (Chief editor and Product Evaluation Specialist of The Toy Man® Product Guide), and staff.  
These products have demonstrated that they possess the potential as well as high probability to be top sellers.
The Toy Man ®An image of the editorsChoice logo Award serves as an emblem of recognition for products & online services that contribute substantially to positive skill growth and/or productivity.

This distinguished award is exclusive as well as unique, with the editor's signature which represents a product being selected as an An image of the editorsChoice logo
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