Unfortunately stress has become all too commonplace in our lives. This often leads to irritability, fatigue, and in extreme cases to complete loss of health. This is why it is so important to take appropriate steps to reduce it. Reducing stress will help you lead a healthier life and can even delay the entire aging process.
Amofit S is an interesting little wearable gadget with a serious job to do. Some 6 years in the making in the Korean Amo Lab studio, its goal is to improve the quality of sleep while reducing stress and anxiety of the user. This is actually a second generation product. The first (AMO+) has been around for a while in Korea.
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The wearable works by stimulating the vagus nerve, which is the longest and most complex of the cranial nerves. It runs from the brain through the face and thorax to the abdomen. The vegus nerve contains parasympathetic fibres and is the central component of the autonomic nervous system. It is the conductor of all immune defense mechanisms, digestions and more. All of these functions are involuntary – meaning you can not consciously influence them.
But Amofit S can do this for you. It does this by generating a mild electromagnetic signal that passes through the skin, muscles, and bones without any interference. The signal is then transmitted to the vagus nerve in the chest area. The effects of vagus nerve stimulation include improved sleep, a reduction in stress and an overall restoration in the body and mind balance.
The device itself is really small. Its diameter is only 1.5 cm, and weight is a mere 0.01 kg. You are meant to wear it around your neck or attach it with a clip to your clothes. The effective range in both cases is about 22 cm, so there is no need to stick the device directly on the skin.
Amofit S has two modes of operation – calm and focus. The first one generates an electromagnetic signal that helps to improve sleep and the body’s inner balance by increasing the tone of the vagus nerve and activating the parasympathetic nervous system. The second mode improves memory and creativity by increasing Alpha brain waves. It is recommended to wear amofit S for around 30 minutes per day to get maximum benefit.
The good news is that there is data that confirms the effectiveness of the device. The chart below shows how heart rate variability has changed for people wearing the gadget. In the study of 30 individuals, the activities of the parasympathetic nerves were boosted by 275%. Significant heart rate variability (HRV) improvements were seen in as little as 24 hours. For those not in the know, the higher the HRV – the better.
The device has an 80 mAh battery, which should last for about 9 hours of operation. Charging it takes up to 1.5 hours. There’s no smartphone app, just the wearable itself. But if you have a smartwatch that spits out raw HRV data (such as one of the new Garmin sports watches), you should be able to directly follow the changes in your HRV.
The gadget is available on Indiegogo via Indemand with a delivery in about a month. Prices start at $199. Crowdfunded projects are always a risk. However, this one aims to deliver very quick. Also, the manufacturer promises a 30-day warranty and a refund in case of your are not fully satisfied with the purchase.
Price:$199 and up
$208,000 raised by 887 backers
Estimated delivery: June 2022
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