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 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. Read more…