Emvio: The First Watch to Measure and Manage Your Stress
Emvio: The First Watch to Measure and Manage Your Stress
Emvio is the first watch that monitors your stress level, heart rate and daily activity. Use it to manage your stress, in real time.
Emvio is the first watch that monitors your stress level, heart rate and daily activity. Use it to manage your stress, in real time. Read more
About this project
For most people, it’s the daily annoyances, rather than occasional life-changing events, that really affect well-being. Chronic stress can cause hypertension, heart disease, depression, and obesity.
Meditation and taking time out are great long-term solutions. But what about our immediate reactions to stressful situations? Your ability to communicate and make decisions can be shattered by anger and anxiety.
Emvio goes beyond your ordinary fitness band. It lets you know when you’re overreacting to demanding people, long lines, bad news, or disagreements with loved ones. Sometimes a second is all you need to think about, not just react to, a negative situation.
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From the outside, Emvio looks like a normal watch.
When you first put it on, it uses your pulse rate to calculate your personal stress index. Depending on how you feel, your stress index will fluctuate between 0 (low stress) and 10 (extremely high).
With the touch of one of the sensor buttons, you can access time, your current stress level, pulse rate, and activity level, so you don't need to have a smartphone for Emvio to give you a picture of your current state.
Emvio displays your stats only after clicking on the touch keys, which allows EMVIO to discreetly inform only you, and not others, about your stress level.
If Emvio detects rising stress levels, it vibrates. Press one of the sensor buttons on the face of the watch, and you'll see an emoticon on the screen and a yellow warning or red danger indicator light below it.
Once you've calmed down, Emvio vibrates again. Press the sensor button, and it will show a green indicator light.
Emvio combines superior hardware and the newest research in biometrics in one breakaway product.
- Stress management in real time: Emvio uses a heart rate variability to calculate your stress level by ultra-sensitive optical pulse sensor.
- Improved algorithm to calculate calories burned, using heart rate measurement.
- Men's and women's models featuring a variety of colors and materials.
- Can be used independently of a smartphone.
You don't have to wear one band for stress management and one for fitness tracking. Emvio is perfect for your active lifestyle.
With a smartphone, Emvio's app makes it easy to manage your stress over the long run.
The app's main screen shows your stress level, pulse rate, number of steps taken, and how much you've achieved of your physical activity goal. If your stress is within the red range, it gives you a recommendation for stress management.
With the Emvio smartphone app, it's easy to make note of your daily encounters with irritating or soothing situations. Whenever Emvio vibrates to alert you to rising or falling stress, your phone will get a push notification asking you to record details about the event - what caused the stress or what you did to decrease your stress.
The app also allows you to add customized events. As you add more and more experiences, you'll be able to compare them and see trends over time. You can use this information to analyze your stress triggers.
While you wear Emvio, it constantly sends your stress levels, pulse rate, and physical activity levels to your phone.
This data is saved on Emvio's server for later, so you can see the trends in your personal statistics.
Think about what triggers stress in your own life, at work, at home, and in your social life.
In the workplace, Emvio will help you control your stress for better decision making.
It will also remind you to temper your reactions to adversity and the small hassles that can pile up as the day goes on.
We don’t experience stress only at work, or only at home. Because of that, the Emvio team, in conjunction with the Italian Simplicity Design firm, have created a variety of styles to choose from so everyone can find an Emvio that fits their personal style. You can choose between different materials, colors, and watch sizes, to suit your body and lifestyle.
The face of the men’s version, called the Romeo, measures 37 mm by 47 mm. On the other hand, the women’s Juliet version, measures 34 mm by 47 mm.
The highlight of Emvio construction is the main timepiece itself. Emvio will be made from high-quality plastic with a glossy finish, while the Emvio Elite will be made from chrome steel. Both Emvio and Emvio Elite are made to last, protecting the state-of-the-art hardware and sensors inside. With all Emvio can do, the brilliant plastic and metal finishes allow you to wear it in the office, at the gym, and at home. The screen is made from scratch-resistant glass, and the LED indicators within are highly visible to the user but discreet when others glance at your wrist. In other words, Emvio may tell you what your stress level is, but it doesn’t advertise it!
Who knows what we'll be able to offer you? Be sure to share Emvio with your friends and followers. And watch this space!
Why is measuring and controlling your stress is so important?
There's nothing wrong with stress, and sometimes stress is even useful when it drives us to complete a difficult task or achieve something significant. But if there's too much stress in our lives, our health can deteriorate and cause major problems such as heart disease, digestive problems, and a weaker immune response.
In the 1930’s Hungarian scientist Hans Selye was the first to describe how stress places demands on the hormonal system and the body’s response to these hormonal changes can cause ulcers, high blood pressure, arthritis, kidney disease, and allergies. The idea that stress can have physical effects was explored in a range of disciplines, from animal behavior to social psychology, and because of Selye’s work, today many people consider high stress to be dangerous to one’s health.
So, how does Emvio actually work?
Emvio uses its highly sensitive optical sensor to measure your heart rate. Then, Emvio's patent-pending software uses changes is your heart rate to determine your emotional state. But it's not as simple as "excited = more beats per minute" and "calm = fewer beats per minute."
Measuring stress using the measurement of heart rate variability has been tested extensively in medical practice. The correlation between heart rate measurement and stress is nothing new. If you really want to check out the modern research, you can read this study from the European Society of Cardiology and the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology here. In Russia, professor Roman Baevsky developed his stress index (SI) by using heart rate to assess the status of astronauts, and you can read an example of how his research has been recently used here. This index is very popular in Russian HRV community.
In order to breathe life into Emvio, we had to re-develop the system of pulse measurement, making it more sensitive. We also had to devise effective algorithms for calculating stress and lowering interference from other factors.
Instead of using multiple sensors, Emvio uses a single parameter - heart rate variability - to measure stress. Not every increase in heart rate means you're experiencing emotion. Just getting up from the couch can cause your heart rate to increase. Through research on and experiments with heart rate variability, we've developed the Life Stress Index for Emvio. This index depends only on variations in the heart rate, rather than raw values.
Take a look at this graph of someone's stress level:
These measurements were taken while he was watching two different movieson an IMAX screen. As you can see, the stress curves differs from each other, but you can see at when moment of movie the emotional reaction began.
As you go through your day, Emvio continuously records your pulse, calculates your stress level, and tells you about these changes.
We've devoted much of our time and effort into creating the best, highly-tested algorithms so that you can have a clear picture of your individual stress level.
When you know that you're in the yellow or red zone, you can avoid rash, emotionally-driven decisions. You can also learn about your triggers, and make plans to avoid them in the future.
We've always been interested in creating biomedical technology that's for everyday use, for everybody. In particular, we became fascinated with measuring emotions and stress.
Our project was able to attract a private investor one year ago, and we've been able to develop the models, testing techniques, and prototype software at the heart of Emvio.
Our main office is located in Moscow, our R&D department - in Ryazan (big city with several plants of electronic devices production near the Moscow) and we also have an office in Ottawa (Canada) so we can bring this product to as many people as possible. We were fortunate to get a Simplicity Design, a full-cycle design firm from Asissi, Italy, to create the working prototype you see today. They will also assist us when it comes to the actual manufacture of Emvio watches.
As you can see, our prototype is working and shows the values of stress on its screen.
With your help we can fully realize this project, and help people from all over improve the quality of their lives through stress management.
We've sought out highly experienced and diverse experts, so you can rest assured that Emvio provides cutting-edge technology and reliable measurement in a very small package.
For our production to accomplish efficient economies of scale, we’ve established a goal of $200,000.
All funds will go towards to actual cost of the devices, manufacturing, shipping, and administration costs.
We plan to send Emvios to all of our backers approximately 7 months after the end of the campaign. It may be sooner, but we want to take the necessary time to refine the software for the apps, as well as the production itself.
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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