Gadgets to measure fitness and track sleeping, or wristbands to control your iPhone, seem to be released on a daily basis, but nothing else measures your autonomous nervous system (ANS) like Phyode's wristband, the W/Me wellness tracker.
Phyode W/Me wellness tracker
You might be thinking, "Why do I want to measure my ANS?", and yes, this is a valid question and a big reason why they won't reach the mass market overnight. But basically it means they measure your pulse and your temperature, and use that data to give you an approximation of your mood. At least in a basic, fun way.
Not only that, but the smartphone app uses the data gathered to help you improve your mood, by coaching you on appropriate breathing techniques.
Coaching on breathing techniques
When I think of evaluating my moods, I think of horoscopes, personality quizzes and general quackery, but my fascination with asthma breathing techniques and birth-control methods actually makes this device really exciting. I don't so much care whether I am passive, pessimistic, anxious or excitable, but I want to be able to accurately measure and monitor my heartrate and temperature so I can understand my body better, keep my asthma symptoms under control, and get more clues on my fertility.
Moods measured with W/Me
After successfully raising $140,422 on a kickstarter campaign back in May, and achieving the monumental task of shipping devices on time, the team have gone on to sell on Amazon, release an Android app to support the wristband, and launch in stores in Singapore as well as receive 4/5 starts on a review on Apple Insider.
No device is perfect and the W/Me seems to have struggled primarily due to the size and form of the design, not due the functionality itself. They disappointed a lot of buyers when the wristband didn't fit, when hairy arms got in the way of recording measurements, and by forcing users to hold a button down to record their heart rate instead of just reading it automatically.
If they can address these design flaws, the W/Me could make a really powerful addition to the cluster of wearable gadgets that are enabling us visualize our mental and physical patterns, and giving us techniques to help ourselves "manage ourselves" better. Especially as they promise developers they will open up their SDK so we can build applications on top of their platform. Any cool applications you would like to see?
Get your W/Me wellness tracker now on Amazon for $169.