"The W/Me project is different from most activity tracking in that it takes a very specific goal of managing breathing and describing a user’s mental state."
"Man, I could really use some technology like this for those times when it feels hard to breathe."
"Having that kind of instant data about your inner self may seem eerily futuristic, but there's clearly huge potential here..."
"With its state-of-the-art sensors and holistic approach to wellness, W/Me could represent the next wave of the quantified self movement."
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THE WHY: IMPROVING YOURSELF STARTS FROM KNOWING YOURSELF
Our team believes that wearable devices should be more than gadgets. We think that they should improve your quality of life. With this in mind, we developed W/Me.
W/Me is a one-of-a-kind wearable device. It can monitor your body's autonomic nervous system or ANS for short. The ANS is part of the peripheral nervous system, acting as a subconscious control system for your body. Instead of monitoring individual items such as heart rate or blood pressure, we have developed a unique device that can monitor your body as a system and help the user improve his/her health in a more effective way. It can also do the other cool stuff that we can't forget about in our daily lives.
THE HOW: DEVELOPING OUR VISION INTO REALITY
We use a medical-grade sensor that has the ability to capture the electrical impulses relayed from the sinoatrial (SA) node, a group of specialized cells in the right atrium. Coupled with our proprietary algorithm, it can decode the heart rate variability, map out your autonomic nervous system, and indicate your mental state at any given moment.
Working with medical professionals, we studied how guided, rhythmic breathing can influence the ANS. We then developed an app that can progressively integrate rhythmic breathing into your lifestyle.
THE WHAT: A WEARABLE DEVICE THAT HAS A UNIQUE, ERGONOMIC DESIGN
W/Me is more than a wearable gadget. It is an advanced sensor that works with our proprietary algorithm on your smartphone to guide your breathing and improve your lifestyle. W/Me also works as your personal assistant to alert and help you in your daily life.
Ergonomics is high on our priority list. We made sure that our wristband would be comfortable for people of all sizes in any situation. The patented crescent band is designed to self-adjust to multiple wrist sizes for a snug and comfortable fit. We evaluated numerous shapes, materials, and coatings to avoid pressure points along the wrist. It is also thin enough so as not to be intrusive, especially when typing.
THE LIFE SPECTRUM ANALYZER
The core of W/Me resides in the special sensor we developed called the life spectrum analyzer (LSA). We started with the idea that we wanted to go beyond typical analytics such as heart beats per minute and estimated calories burned. In order to provide analysis on mental state, mental agility, and breathing, a more-sensitive solution is required.
Traditionally, AgCl jelly needs to be smeared on electrodes to measure the minute electrical signals caused by the heart muscle depolarization during a heartbeat. We developed a dry conduction electrode (patent pending) that involves a multi-stage plating process to boost conductivity and increase comfort and longevity of the sensor. Coupled with instrumentation amplifiers, a filter chain, a precision analog-to-digital converter, and a digital signal processor,the original sub-microvolt signals can processed and used to provide useful data.
Our app can use the LSA to map out your subconscious mental state, whether it be passive, excitable, pessimistic, or anxious.
The agility score indicates how capable your body is to adjust to the changes in your environment. The lower your score, the more susceptible you are to stress.
Working with researchers in the medical field, we have collected years of data and can infer the age of your ANS. Don't worry - if it's not where you hope, it can improve over time with the right lifestyle decisions and breathing practices.
Backed by years of medical research, we developed a coaching platform with 5 different levels and 1 programmable level for you to practice your abdominal breathing. Each level is defined by a different breathing rhythm. The higher the level, the slower and deeper your breathing needs to be. Our "fitness whale" Attu will interactively guide and encourage you. By following the rhythm of Attu, you can pace your breathing and complete the level that you feel most comfortable with. This virtual breathing coach will help improve your ANS agility.
We make it easy to keep track of your trends. With the history portion of our app, you can easily see your improvement over time.
OTHER COOL STUFF
W/Me will alert you via a non-intrusive vibration and lighting sequence to keep you in touch with life’s busy schedule.
- HEART RATE
The LSA sensors will keep tabs on your heart rate and make it available to you either on your wristband or on your phone with a touch of a button.
W/Me will notify you with non-intrusive vibration and lighting sequence to let you know when you have an incoming call, email, or text (coming soon).
- NEVER FORGET YOUR PHONE
We've all done it. W/Me will alert you if your phone is out of range.
- FIND YOUR PHONE
If you've lost your phone, we've got you covered. Just press the button on your wrist, and your phone will sound.
- FACEBOOK CHECK-IN
W/Me lets you check in on Facebook with a push of the mode button on the wristband.
- REMOTE CAMERA SHUTTER TRIGGER
We've built in a feature that lets you use the mode button on your W/Me as a remote camera trigger for your iOS device.
- W/Me CLOUD
We are working on a subscription-based platform that allows your data to be shared with a medical team to provide you with an in-depth analysis of what and how you are doing. We're still in the early development stages, so we'll simply leave it at that. Stay tuned!
- Adjustable wristband
- Width: 0.95 inch (24 mm)
- Weight: 1.38 oz (39 grams)
- Communication: Bluetooth 4.0
- Display: Dotted LED
- Battery Life: 7 days (average use)
- Charging: USB
- Operating Ambient Temperature: 32° - 95° F (0° - 35° C)
- Non-Operating Temperature: -4° - 113° F (20° - 45° C)
- iOS device with Bluetooth 4.0
iPad with Retina display
iPod touch 5th Generation
- Android device with Bluetooth 4.0 (coming soon)
Risks and challenges
Our team wants to assure you that we have done our due diligence to minimize the engineering and manufacturing risks. We have already completed our prototype and engineering builds. All our assembly fixtures have been tested and verified. We have secured our supply chain and are now ready for mass production. The last hurdle is to obtain the funding needed to secure the minimum order of materials; once we receive adequate funding, our suppliers can ship out the materials, and mass production can start. We have worked very hard to overcome the risks so you won't have to.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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