Spire wearable measures breathing to encourage healthy behaviors

July 2, 2014 | Reply More

A new wearable device created by startup Spire hopes to give users the ability to “have a balanced and focused day.” The small, pebble-gray device is equipped with a belt clip that attaches at the waistband and sits at the hip, where it measures how fast users are breathing by tracking abdominal movement. Being anxious, worried, or excited generally increase respiration rate, so focusing on taking deep and steady breaths has long been a technique to help calm down and focus on the task at hand.

Neema Morajevi, Spire co-founder and chief product officer, explains the importance of tracking and focusing on breathing (rather than other functions) to reduce stress levels. “Skin sweating, you have no control over,” Morajevi explained, “but respiration sits at the conscious/unconscious border.” The device connects with a mobile app that advises users on how to relax more and encourages healthy behaviors, including standing up after a long period of sitting down, or simply taking a few deep breaths.

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/8668/20140617/spire-wearable-tracks-your-mind-breathing.htm

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