menu

Wellness Tracker Takes Mood Rings To The Next Level

Wellness Tracker Takes Mood Rings To The Next Level
Design

The W/Me is a wristband sensor that monitors a wearer's feelings via the autonomic nervous system.

John Pugh, BI
  • 9 june 2013

Remember the mood ring? For those of you who never fell prey to its clever form of chicanery, the trinket claimed to reflect the wearer’s mood by changing colors throughout the day. In reality, the ring actually measured a person’s body temperature thanks to a liquid crystal thermometer, causing the stone to change colors if it was hot or cold. Although the science behind it was dubious at best, the promise of a device that could offer more insight into our inner workings proved to be popular, albeit short-lived fad. However, with the proliferation of high-tech wearable health devices, a fully functional ‘mood ring’ may be an actual possibility.

Wearable health trackers are becoming increasingly ubiquitous, with a range of products helping users monitor how many calories they burn, how many steps they take and even how well they sleep. Now, a new project from California based Phyode called the W/Me band wants to leverage similar data sources, but with the goal of providing a more holistic picture of wellness. The goal is to help wearers get a glimpse at how physical factors affect their mood, and how to control them.

w-me-2

The W/Me wristband is a wearable sensor that monitors a wearer’s autonomic nervous system, which provides feedback on body activity that they may not be aware of. In order to provide a more complete view of health, the device translates the data it collects into three scores: mental state, agility, and ANS age. Mental state can be either passive, excitable, pessimistic, anxious, or ideally, balanced somewhere in the middle. The agility score measures how easily the body adapts to changes in the environment and how much stress the user is feeling. Additionally, ANS age calculates the approximate ‘age’ of the user’s nervous system, which is independent from biological age. This reading is based on breathing, stress, and other factors, which reveals how good they might be at dealing with stress over the long term.

w-me-3

In addition to the sensors and measurements, the W/Me wristband pairs with an iPhone app to help users make their collected data more actionable. Because breathing directly influences the ANS, the app includes a ‘breathing coach’ function so users can improve their rhythmic breathing to optimize health and decrease stress. These breathing exercises help to correct negative breathing patterns and improve overall health and mood. Additionally, all the wearer’s data is organized into a clear and understandable graphical interface, making it easy to regularly monitor.

w-me-4

The W/Me project differentiates itself from most activity tracking devices in that it can provide users with a complete picture of mental and physical health. With its state-of-the-art sensors and holistic approach to wellness, devices like the W/Me could represent the next wave of the quantified self movement, arming users with valuable data to take both a short and long view around personal health management.

W/Me

PSFK has partnered with  Boehringer Ingelheim to bring you a steady stream of inspiring news and ideas in the health and wellness space. Once each week, we will be posting an article on PSFK.com. If you would like to gain access to the full stream of content, please check out Boehringer Ingelheim’s Facebook Page, where they are publishing a regular stream of inspiring and informative content.

Design
Trending

Volvo's Self-Driving Trucks Will Soon Be Put To Work In An Underground Mine

Automotive
Automotive Yesterday

Toyota Is Using Sewage To Power Its New Electric Car

A new hydrogen-fueled vehicle is driven by what we flush away

Culture Yesterday

Catch A Concert On This Small Floating Island

A man-made archipelago in Italy is hosting music and art performances

Trending

Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Design & Architecture Yesterday

DIY Kit Lets You Build Your Own Wooden Bike, Boat Or Caravan

Woodenwidget says its detailed guides are suitable for beginners and experienced woodworkers alike

Related Expert

Yasser Ansari

Design and Engineering, Internet

Design Yesterday

Crash-Friendly Drone Made From LEGOs Is Completely Rebuildable

The clever device offers games, education and the uniquely rewarding experience of destroying your high-flying airship

Fitness / Sport Yesterday

Free Sneakers Given Out To Motivated Marathon Runners

Strava will give the shoes to athletes who run the second half of their race faster than the first

Culture Yesterday

Someone Invented A Robot Just To Serve Trays Of Beef Jerky

Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz, in partnership with Chef's Cut Real Jerky, creates an automated snack delivery system

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed Yesterday

Digital Design Expert: Mobile First Is Dead, Think Mobile Native

Brian Cooper, chief creative officer of OLIVER Group UK, explains how some brands are still playing catch-up to new technology

PSFK Labs Yesterday

The 10 Steps To Discover, Hire, Develop Your Next Leader

PSFK's Future of Work report outlines key steps in the employee development path to empower next-gen leaders

Millennials Yesterday

Why A Social Networking Site Decided To Rebrand

Meetup, a platform that connects like-minded individuals, has taken steps to stay relevant amongst millennials

Work Yesterday

Editorial Roundtable: The People-First Workplace Should Borrow From Tradition

Managed By Q, Soma, Workbar, Primary, AltSchool and thinkPARALLAX underline the old-fashioned ideas that deserve a place in the Future of Work

Fashion Yesterday

Handbags Crafted From An Old NFL Stadium

People for Urban Progress is an up-cycling program that tackles the waste problem of big demolitions

Work Yesterday

Tech Job Site Created Just For Those Who Are Older Than 30

A new occupational job board presents a creative solution to age discrimination in the tech world

Europe Yesterday

Architect Turns A Giant Smile Into A Public Exhibition

The structure offers visitors a new perspective of London and creates an immersive environment that integrates structure, surface, space and light

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

Children Yesterday

Norwegian Kids Are Using Their Phones To Log Unsafe Street Conditions

Travel Agent is an app that gamifies the reporting of hazardous conditions to improve the safety of children's commute to school

Travel Yesterday

Google Wants To Help You Plan Your Next Trip

A new app curates vacation itineraries and organizes reservation emails to take the work out of planning a getaway

Technology Yesterday

Small Handheld Analyzer Checks Oral Hygiene On The Go

The breath-detecting gadget gives people a quick and easy peek into their dental health

No search results found.