From Jawbone to FitBit, it seems like everyone has a tracker these days. While some are more accurate than others, most trackers do the same thing: measure activity. Spire, a new wearable on the market this fall, wants to change that.
Spire is the first wearable that tracks both movement and state of mind. How? It measures breathing patterns that reveal tension, relaxation, and focus. And it provides push notifications that tell you how to react to improve your health. We had the chance to sit down with the Spire team last week and see it in action.
Neema Moraveji, Ph.D., Director of Stanford University's Calming Technology Lab, and Jonathan Palley, technology entrepreneur, joined together to create Spire, which has been in the works for years. In our meeting, Palley imitated what happens when Spire can tell your breath has quickened or you're stressed out. The tracker prompted him to take five long breaths, for example. Neema showed us the goals he was working toward on another interface: more focus, relaxation, and movement. One of our favorite features, though? The wireless charging pad that it comes with. (See picture below!)
"We created Spire to address a significant hole in the marketplace. Many people buying activity trackers have grown dissatisfied that their device ignores 86 percent of their day by tracking only movement," said Palley in the product's press release. "It's advanced science mixed with common sense," he added.
The tracker will ship in September and is available for pre-sale today for a discounted price (Spire.io, $120). It will retail for $149.99. The companion app will be compatible with iPhone 4S, iPad 3rd Gen, and newer versions.