Rather than counting steps and calories, a growing number of devices are trying to gauge your state of mind and help you relax. Reducing your stress levels can not only make you feel better right now, but may also protect your health long-term.
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Does meditation leave you feeling bored and restless? You’re in luck. A new device launched on Kickstarter yesterday tackles stress by combining gaming, virtual reality and biofeedback hardware. The clip-on device, when paired with the company’s fully-immersive software platform, delivers an interactive experience making meditation fun and exciting.
“There’s no denying the physical and mental benefits of meditation,” said Unyte CEO and Jason Tafler.
“But many people find traditional meditation methods hard to learn, boring and frustrating. Unyte’s unique combination gamifies meditation and makes it easy to learn so anyone can reap the productivity gains and overall health benefits it provides.”
Unyte’s interactive meditation uses a biofeedback device called iom2 to determine Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and galvanic skin response. Slightly resembling ordinary headphones, the sensor connects to the body by an ear clip and transmits information to your phone, tablet or computer in real-time.
The software than interprets the user’s state of stress or relaxation and connects them to a choice of over 50 immersive digital and virtual reality experiences. This includes guided meditations and mini-games which have the effect of teaching you how to meditate more effectively. If you happen to have a VR headset, you will have the benefit of being transported to a visually fully immersive world.
Unyte’s accompanying smartphone app shows your body’s responses, HRV and resonance score on-screen in an easy to read format. The game advances as your score improves – in a sense rewarding you as you go into a deep meditative state.
If meditation feels like a chore or is something you don’t look forward to, you will appreciate this new device. And it seems many people agree with us. Just a day in, the company has raised over $66,000, smashing through its $30,000 goal.
Price:$179 and up
$66,116 pledged of $30,000 goal
38 days left
Estimated delivery: September 2017
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