In the explosion of offerings of wearable technology, new development is focused lifestyle triggers including stress management. A growing number of devices are focused on our state of mind – specifically our quality of mind. Using biofeedback to detect increased stress levels and prompts to reduce triggers with immediate responses will not only make you feel better in the short-term, but may also protect your health long-term.
Leaf Urban is a health tracker that is able to predict stress based on your lifestyle habits. It monitors your activity, sleep, reproductive health and alerts you to oncoming stress while guided breathing and meditation exercises help you relax. Leaf has a new elegant geometric design made from a water-resistant wood composite and stainless steel.
Sona is a bracelet that helps users improve mind and body wellness through activity tracking. The device, which was developed by New York Startup Caeden, is different from standard activity trackers in that it measures activity in a more rounded way, and trains your body to deal better with stress. It does so using various built-in sensors, plus an in-app meditation program.
Prana is the first wearable which combines breath and posture tracking to help you make the most of your sitting time. Building on recent medical studies and ancient Yoga traditions, Prana supports the interconnection between good breathing and good posture for many healthy benefits including reduced stress, better focus, and less back pain.
Thync asserts that it has created the first technology that gives you the power to change the way you feel. The Star Trek esque device, which looks similar to an an eye patch only for your forehead, connects up with an accompanying app that delivers waveforms to your brain. Thync waveforms activate specific nerves on the head that signal the brain to shift to a state of calm or give you a boost of energy depending on which of the two you are after at any given moment.
Embrace provides activity monitoring, sleep monitoring, stress management and seizure monitoring. The device includes accelerometors, gyroscope, temperature monitor and electrodermal activity sensor (sweat induced moisture sensor). The combination of sensors allows the tracker to detect spikes in any activity, showing when a user is anxious, depressed, stressed or about to have an epileptic seizure. Embrace also has a smart, minimalist design made from polished metal and Italian leather.
Spire measures your breathing patterns to give you insights into your state of mind. The Spire app is designed to coach you to a more calm and productive day; it notifies you when you’re breathing indicates tension, provides daily and weekly reports on your state of mind, and includes audio exercises to improve your breathing and ability to reach a calm state of mind. Spire has the added bonus of tracking steps and calories burned. You can even set custom reminders to nudge you when you’ve been inactive.
Pip is a small handheld wearable fitness device that tracks stress through the skin and couples it with game technology to encourage you to relax. Two games are available on the app- one in which you help turn a landscape from winter to summer and another where you race a dragon against a peer (the least stressed person wins). Of course, your stress stats are available too, but its focus on making stress relief fun is what makes this wearable fitness device incredibly exciting.
WellBe is an elegant, light-weight bracelet and mobile app designed to support your emotional well-being. The bracelet monitors your heart rate and uses a sophisticated algorithm to determine your stress and calmness levels based on time, location and people you meet throughout your day. You can view an overview of your stress triggers in the app, which also offers many programs geared towards helping you retain a calm state of being.
Safilo Group, which makes glasses and sunglasses for designer brands such as Dior, Fendi, Marc Jacobs & Hugo Boss, is introducing its first pair of smart glasses. Safilo is interested in measuring the wearer’s brainwaves via five EEG sensors on the frames and nose bridge and providing stress biofeedback and meditation exercises in a companion app.