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IN Science & Technology ON 20 Dec, 2015
Christmas is right around the corner. People are filling up malls, parks and every accessible area to shop, dine, and have fun. But sometimes, people can get overstimulated from all of the festive lights and sounds. Thus, Christmas can be a joyous yet stressful occasion.
Thankfully, there are a couple of technical products that aim to remind us to relax whenever we feel stressed. But, do they really work? A doctor thinks that people should first find the scientific evidence behind the products.
Read the story below to see what is being promised as stress indicators.
First off, the Spire is a gadget that is clipped onto one's belt or bra. This device reportedly observes your lung movement whenever you breathe.
Once the Spire has the data, the device then informs you whether you are stressed or not depending on how you breathe. Specifically, the messages are sent to your phone.
If you don't want to wear a stress-indicating device around your bra or belt, the Pip is used by holding it between your fingers. Specifically, you use your forefinger and thumb.
The Pip is really small but it promises to study your daily, weekly and monthly stress patterns. The Pip will also tell you when you are stressed most during the day.
According to D. Rosalind Picard, most of the gadgets and apps that reportedly handle your stress levels are actually not as scientifically accurate as they should be. Still, the professor from MIT is currently developing her own device to track stress levels.
Dr. Picard hopes that her watch will effectively analyze one's movement, sleeping pattern, skin temperature, heart rate, breathing pattern, and electrical variations. Ideally, the device will vibrate once it sense an increasing stress level.
Even with all of the technology around, Dr. Picard believes that simply taking a walk is still one of the best anti-stress activities there is. It relaxes your mind and you get to exercise your body.