Spire is a wearable with a focus on tracking breathing patterns to promote calm and decreasing stress. Spire tracks breathing patterns to identify when a user is experiencing tension, is focused, or is in a state of calm by measuring the expansion and contraction of the torso when inhaling and exhaling. Spire’s app provides guidance to assist the user in destressing through guidance on the user’s breathing data. The app provides real-time feedback to allow the user to better control breathing, but also provides mindfulness and meditation techniques.
Fitbit’s Charge 2
Diving into mindfulness by including a new feature called “Relax,” Fitbit’s Charge 2 includes a five minute guided session to help you focus on deep breathing techniques. The Charge 2 determines the most comfortable breathing rate by measuring heart rate. The user gets biofeedback, animations and vibrations to help focus on inhaling and exhaling, providing feedback on how well the user did following the breathing exercise.
With this new focus on stress management through technology, CTA’s Health & Fitness Technology standardization committee just launched the Consumer Stress Monitoring Devices Working Group. This new working group is focused on creating definitions and performance standards for consumer stress monitoring technologies. Led by Ray Krasinski, director of standardization at Philips, the working group’s first project will be to create a standard that defines terms related to indicators relevant to stress monitoring technologies. This could lead to performance standards to measure stress-related characteristics.
The Consumer Stress Monitoring Working Group is the latest effort under health & fitness technology, joining other standardization efforts for consumer sleep monitoring technology, physical activity monitoring technology, as well as interoperability for consumer EEG data exchange.
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