A new gadget claims to be able to monitor and optimize your health, performance, and stress, and all in just 2 minutes per day.
The Kickstarter funded Corsense taps into your heart rate variability (HRV) readings to achieve this. For the uninformed, HRV is a relatively new method for assessing the effects of stress on your body. It measures the variation in the time interval between heartbeats, essentially letting you know how well your nervous system is doing.
For example, if your daily HRV reading drops significantly, this should be taken as an early warning sign that you are overloading the system. In that instance, you are best off taking it easy that day to give your body the chance to recover.
Essential reading: Lowering your resting heart rate with wearables
Similar in design to pulse Oximeters, you slip your finger into Corsense. Wait a couple of minutes, and the little gadget will dish out accurate measurements of your heart rate and HRV. The key word here is accurate.
While some popular wrist wearables also measure heart rate and HRV, the technology and advanced signal cleaning algorithms behind Corsense allow it to measure this with clinical grade precision. Its actually comparable in accuracy to “a 5-lead EKG/ECG for HRV and pulse waveform, using multiple different LEDs, onboard algorithms and filters, fast sampling rates and physiologically optimized sensors”.
Furthermore, CorSense has been designed with an open platform. This means the raw data is available for export and it can be used by any HRV app that offers Bluetooth connectivity. Of course, there is a native app as well. Called Elite HRV, it can track the physiological impact of exercise, diet, sleep and mental stress. You can view your “daily readiness gauge”, overall stress load, capacity to recover, trends over time and more.
The campaign is doing well so far. With 29 days to go and nearly $90,000 in the pot, it is well on its way to meeting its $150,000 goal.
Price: $105 and up
$89,372 total funds raised
29 days to go
Estimated delivery: October 2017
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