Feeling stressed? Need a reminder to breathe and relax?
Spire is a wearable device that monitors your breathing and looks for signs of tension. When it does, you’ll receive a gentle reminder on your smartphone, which can help you discover when you’re stressed, where it happened, and what you were doing.
From there, you’ll have access to guidance and exercises that can further promote a calm, balanced state of mind. For these reasons, Spire calls itself “your personal mindfulness coach.”
Spire can also track the number of steps you take and the calories you burn each day!
Is Spire right for you? Will it provide good value for the money? We’ll answer all your important questions here. First though, let’s take an in-depth look at exactly how Spire works.
How Does Spire Work?
At the heart of the Spire system is their sensor (known as a health tag). The sensor’s exterior is constructed of an assortment of durable plastics, while the clip is made from surgical grade stainless steel.
Your sensor’s clip can be attached to the waistband of your pants, shorts, or skirt (or even your underwear!), or to the center of your bra, with the stone resting against your body.
As you breathe, Spire’s stone monitors the expansion and contraction of your thoracic cavity (i.e. your chest) through a suite of sensors, which use algorithms to sense activity and breathing patterns.
Using psychophysiology principles, Spire aggregates this data to figure out when you’re calm, focused, or tense:
- Calm ” Your breathing rhythm is slow and smooth, while your body is stationary.
- Focus ” Your breathing rhythm is medium speed yet consistent, while your body is stationary.
- Tension ” Your breathing patterns are elevated and erratic, while your body is stationary.
Then, if you’re tense, Spire can help ease this state of mind by vibrating the stone or sending a notification to your iOS smartphone using low energy Bluetooth.
From there, the Spire companion app “can guide you in short, simple exercises or mini-meditations to increase focus, calm and productivity.”
Outside of helping you remain calm and reduce stress, what can the data gathered by Spire’s sensor be used for?
Other Uses for Spire’s Data
As Spire gathers data about your breathing, the number of steps you take, and the calories you burn each day, it combines it within the app and divides the information into 3 segments:
- Calm ” How much of the day you’ve been centered and relaxed.
- Activity ” How often (and how long) you were active throughout the day. Includes number of steps and calories burned.
- Focus ” When you were most focused throughout the day.
This allows you not only to track your progress, but also to set fitness and mindfulness goals.
Speaking of which, are there any real-world benefits related to mindfulness and breathing exercises?
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