A new wearable called Feel wants to be a high-tech mood ring for your wrist.
Although it doesn’t change colors like a traditional mood ring, the device by Sentio Solutions reads your current emotional state and aims to help you lower stress levels. It encourages you to take deep breaths, listen to music or do yoga to relax.
Feel hooks up to your phone via Bluetooth to give you real-time information about how you’re feeling. On the inside of the wristband, there are four sensors that measure and track skin temperature, blood volume pulse and galvanic skin response (gauging sweat gland activity through skin resistance measurements). The exterior is pretty inconspicuous and sleek, reminiscent of a high-end slap bracelet, although with a flexible component to fit any wrist.
By combining biometric measurements with movement tracking to get a gauge on your activity level, Feel takes the collected data and produces a visualization on your phone. You can take a look at your whole day in the form of a graph and see when stress levels were peaking and what your mood was at different times.
“The first step in changing negative emotional habits is emotional awareness,” the co-founder and CEO George Eleftheriou told.
The emotion tracker also gives suggestions about what to do to reduce stress and make yourself happier, as well as provide breathing and meditation exercises to help you calm down. You can also set longterm emotional well-being goals and receive personalized tips to be healthier and promote positivity.
“The second step in improving your emotions is receiving personalized recommendations,” Eleftheriou says.
In extreme cases, such as if the wristband detects high anger when you’re driving, the wristband will give you a real time alert in the form of a vibration, which Eleftheriou says alone can help calm someone down.
It appears to be the first product that offers comprehensive emotional analysis while being relatively inconspicuous and responding in a useful way. Unlike the INTIMACY 2.0, a dress that turns transparent when you’re feeling frisky, the Feel appears to be something that the general public could be seen wearing in everyday life.
“In the future, we see these being helpful for therapeutic and mental healthcare professionals,” Eleftheriou said.
Feel will be available for pre-order starting this spring, with an expected arrival date in December. The wristbands will be available for $199 retail and $149 in the pre-order.