11 gadgets that help overcome stress, track your sleep habits and much more
When they were unveiled a couple of years ago, fitness trackers and health wearables focused more on counting calories or getting users to adopt a more active lifestyle. But recent months have seen the launch of devices that pack in more, and look at aspects of overall well-being.health and fitness Updated: Nov 13, 2014 17:39 IST
When they were unveiled a couple of years ago, fitness trackers and health wearables focused more on counting calories or getting users to adopt a more active lifestyle by measuring the number of steps they take in a day.
While some continue to do that, recent months have seen the launch of devices that pack in more, and look at aspects of overall well-being.
1 Brite R450: The gadget (top, left) is believed to be the first wearable equipped with monitors that allow it to track ambient light and blue light exposure simultaneously. According to the manufacturer, managing light exposure can help synchronise sleep hythms, reduce symptoms of seasonal affectivity disorder (SAD) and regulate metabolism.
2 Olive: The motion sensors in this device (top, right) analyse your muscle tension rather than counting steps. It tracks your activity and sleep habits, and provides feedback on what you might need more or less of. It synchronises with your smartphone's calendar and GPS locator to analyse your lifestyle and reduce stress.
3 Push Band: Rather than simply counting the reps, the device (above) — and it might be the first strength-training-related wearable available for purchase — measures how hard the athlete is working when lifting weights. It can also notify the athlete if he's pushing himself too hard, thereby preventing injury.
4 Elvie: The sleek Kegel tracker is made using technology that offers advanced precision in isolating those hard-to-see muscles for a workout. A dynamometer measures force torque and power, and the app alerts users when they're not isolating the muscles correctly.
5 Pip: It (top, left) measures physiological bio-signals such as stress reactions at the skin level and heart rate, and then takes the data gathered to help users relieve stress through pre-loaded activities.
6 Spire: The device’s (top, right) focus is on getting the user to breathe right to reduce stress. Clip it close to your body, and it senses activity, body position and breathing, so that it knows when you're taking short and shallow breaths or holding your breath. This might result in the app suggesting a change in body position, some breathing exercises, or taking a stroll to clear your head.
7 Muse headband: It (above) applies electroencephalography (EEG) techniques to a home device. The headband connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth and indicates the user’s mental state symbolically by means of the weather on a beach backdrop. From there, it’s up to the user to beat the storm and bring on sunshine in a bid to reduce stress. The product’s webpage says that just three minutes per day is all it takes to train towards achieving peace and calm.
8 Thync: The device's maker says that the wearable will give you control over your state of mind, as neurosignalling algorithms are used to optimise energy, calm and focus.
9 S+: This bedside sleep tracker monitors breathing and body position. It offers the option of friendly sleep sounds that synchronise with the user's breathing patterns. It applies an age-old method called brainwave entrainment that has been reported to help promote the onset of sleep. Patented bio-motion sensors also monitor temperature in the room, air quality, darkness and noise levels.
10 PillowTalk: This three-party device consists of a wristband, an app and a pillow speaker. The wristband picks up the wearer’s heartbeat and transmits it in real time via Bluetooth to the app, satisfying the emotional distress that comes with separation. It isideal for couples separated by distance, according to the manufacturer.
11 PowerDot: Thought to be the first wearable muscle stimulator, it uses electric currents to contract an athletes’ muscles as programmed by a corresponding app. The device is capable of providing advanced warm-up, recovery and stimulating massage.