There are many wearable devices on the market today which track activities. Users are required to access their information and make decisions based on the available data. They show steps taken, calories burned, and heart rate achieved, but none provide guidance along the way that can help improve the wearer’s state of mind or reduce stress levels. The problem is that these gadgets are only helpful when their users are active and moving. What happens the other 86% of the day when most people are sedentary, working on a computer, attending meetings, or talking on the phone? There has not been a way to track breathing and state-of-mind over the course of a day, until now. Spire recently introduced a wearable activity tracker that actually measures breathing patterns and offers suggestions to help improve focus or reduce stress, which can lead to improved productivity or higher levels of relaxation.
Deceptively simple in its nature-inspired appearance, the Spire tracker looks almost like a stone on a clip. But it is packed with plenty of cutting-edge technology that is backed up by years of scientific research. Company co-founder, Neema Moraveji PhD, started the Calming Technology Lab at Stanford where ground-breaking research was performed on utilizing technology and breathing analysis to achieve greater productivity, increase endorphin levels, and lower blood pressure. The Spire team invented a set of respiratory sensors to form the foundation for its life-enhancing product. They did such a good job that Spire was the winner of the 2014 National Hewitt Design Award.
Because of its small size, the device can be worn discreetly clipped to a belt or tucked inside a bra. Users are encouraged to set daily goals for being calm, focused, productive or relaxed. Recommended for use with iOS 8.3, the included app automatically syncs with the sensor and goes beyond simply providing data. Spire measures respiratory patterns to detect subtle changes, notifies wearers in real time when their breathing indicates some form of stress, and offers helpful suggestions such as taking a walk or performing breathing exercises to become calmer and more balanced. If a wearer has been inactive too long, Spire provides a gentle nudge to get moving. Booster reminders and audio exercises might recommend activities to improve a user’s state of mind throughout the day.
The Spire unit, a unique cork-rimmed wireless charging pad, and the companion app ship together for a reasonable $149. One charge provides enough battery power for seven days of use. The stone is sealed and water-resistant, so it is able to withstand a sweaty workout or an accidental trip through the wash.
People everywhere are taking a more holistic approach to their health these days. They are taking better care of their bodies through diets and health regimens. Now they can also breathe easier and take care of their inner world as well by using Spire to monitor their breathing patterns in addition to their activity.
- Spire is the only wearable that monitors breathing in real-time and provides notifications to lower tension and increase levels of calm, focus and activity. Studies have shown how simply controlling our breathing can lower blood pressure, reduce tension and increase endorphins. Spire monitors and helps you improve your breathing through gentle reminders and simple exercises, so you can feel better and more focused all day. Just as your state of mind affects your breathing, research shows that changing your breathing can improve your state of mind. Spire measures respiratory patterns to detect subtle changes in tension you may not even be aware of, and gives you tools to achieve greater calm and focus.
- Small and elegant and wearable
- Measures breathing and activity, and alerts you when you’re stressed
- Works with the Spire app on iPhone
- The exclusive breath tracking app for the Apple Watch.
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