A big presentation. Meeting your future father- or mother-in-law for the first time. Going to an event filled with absolute strangers.
Are you anxious and stressed out even thinking about these situations? Then you could benefit from a WellBe. The bracelet is new wearable tech by business partners Zach Sivan and Doron Libshtein, the minds behind Mentors Channel, a meditation site. WellBe claims to go beyond simple stress-reducing exercises; it tracks the wearers’ heart rate, forcing them to see their personal stress levels at all times.
The concept reached its $100,000 Indiegogo goal in a mere 15 days, and is still going strong — indicating a broad desire for this type of product (there are a lot of stressed-out people out there!). The health gadget is set for delivery at the end of 2015 (just in time for Christmas), and will cost upwards of $99 USD each.
WellBe has two methods of heart rate monitoring: first your resting heart rate, and secondly your heart rate variability (the time between each heartbeat). It then correlates your heart rate to your calendar using Bluetooth and a stress-calculating algorithm. You can then match whenever you had a high heart rate with a corresponding event; if a pattern develops (say you have a high-stress moment whenever you meet with a certain person), then you can pinpoint exactly what’s stressing you out.
We have to be clear: the WellBe isn’t a mood ring. It can’t tell the difference between “positive” and “negative” increases in heart rate. So if you’re making out with your significant other and your heart rate goes up, then this’ll be tracked, but it’s up to you to recall that that’s what you were doing at the time. (We’re assuming it won’t be in your calendar.) But the bracelet does include an accelerometer, which measures your movement when exercising.
The WellBe also offers personalized stress-reducing exercises, like deep breathing and meditation, targeted to the times your heart rate is highest during each day.