30 May, 2015

Wearable bracelet analyzes the most stressful parts of your day

What if your wrist could confirm that your Monday meetings actually cause you stress? And what the heck are you supposed to do about it?
WellBe is a new wearable concept by Zach Sivan and Doron Libshtein, the heads behind the virtual meditation site Mentors Channel. The bracelet claims to go beyond offering stress-reducing exercises — it actually forces users to see and react to their personal stress using a heart rate tracker.
The stylish wearable reached its $100,000 Indiegogo goal in just 15 days, starting at $99 per bracelet. The gadget is slated for delivery at the end of 2015.
"Our mission statement is to encourage meditation and mindfulness as a habit," Sivan
The bracelet has two methods of heart rate monitoring: the first uses your resting heart rate, and the second uses heart rate variability, or the time between each heartbeat. (Stress affects your heart rate by releasing adrenaline, and that makes your breathing shallow and your heart beat faster.) The bracelet correlates your heart rate to your calendar using Bluetooth and a patent-pending stress-calculating algorithm.
This way you can start to match rapid heart rate with recurring activities, in theory, to pinpoint what exactly is stressing you out. It's not scientific; it's personal data analysis. However, the tracker does not account for positive vs. negative feelings or mood, for example, an increased heart rate when you're excited or stimulated. But the bracelet does include an accelerometer, which measures your movement when exercising.
The WellBe also offers personalized stress-relieving exercises, like deep breathing and meditation, targeted to the times your heart rate is highest during the day.
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