When someone asks how you feel, your answer probably centers around something you literally feel. The physical symptoms of sickness, hunger, and fatigue are usually more noticeable than the mental impact they have on you.
But how often do you reflect on your emotional well-being?
Numerous studies have shown that emotions play an integral role in physical health and performance. And while many wearable devices focus on activity tracking and your fitness level, very few of them offer ways to improve the psychological side of wellness.
One appropriately named mood tracker aims to change that. The Feel wristband tracks your emotions throughout the day and then delivers feedback on how users can be happier, feel more satisfied, and reach their emotional goals.
The Science Behind A Mood Tracker
Mood rings and other gimmicky mood trackers might make it difficult for some to trust Feel’s accuracy, but the wristband has a bevy of high-tech sensors onboard that help generate its readings.
Feel includes a galvanic skin response sensor, a blood volume pressure sensor, an inertial measurement unit, and a skin temperature sensor. These sensors measure activity and movement, as well as bio-signals such as heart rate variability and electrodermal activity — both of which are key indicators of emotional response.
Using proprietary algorithms, Feel translates all of this physiological data into emotions that users can view within the app. Because the wristband recognizes your emotions throughout the day, users are able to see patterns within the app and can gain a better understanding of what their stressors are, when they happen, and what causes them.
The app serves as more than just a dashboard for your feelings. It’s also where users set their emotional well-being goals, complete activities based on cognitive behavioral therapy, and receive personalized coaching to help them boost their mood.
Feel isn’t available for purchase yet, but you can reserve a wristband online at a discounted price of $149. It’s available in four colors, charges via a USB port, and is waterproof.
According to Feel’s Facebook page, Sentio Solutions plans to bring the wristband to market sometime in the fourth quarter of 2017.