Apple’s Breathe meditation app follows the recent trend of using wearables to quantify mindfulness and improve mental health.
Every four hours (while wearing the Apple Watch) Breathe reminds one to inhale and exhale for one to five minutes. Concentric circles can be watched as they shift on the screen, or a wearer can respond to haptic touches. Heart rate changes are shown and tracked.
ApplySci’s recent NeuroTech San Francisco conference ended with a session called “Transformative Tech – Mindfulness, stress, anxiety.” With more accurate mobile EEG technology, these tools will soon be able to allow users to more reliably quantify their stress levels.