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We’re always in the process of playing with sensors and tracking, and our newest toy, the Pulse Sensor, has led us to a new lab project, affectionately named “Stressbot”.

In our interview with one of the Pulse Sensor’s creators, Joel Murphy, we learned a lot about the link between Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and the physiological state of stress that can be so dangerous when sustained for long periods. Since there is a Smart-wide initiative around stress awareness and healthy lifestyles, we decided to put our learning to good use and designed the Stressbot as a way for Smarties to learn how to detect and manage stress. The stressbot lets you measure your HRV for a few minutes and displays real-time results on the screen. It then coaches you on breathing activities that can work to even out the HRV and effectively reduce stress.

We’re still in the process of learning more about the science behind it and modifying the code that the sensor’s creators have developed, but wanted to share a glimpse into our sketches and initial inspiration.

Stay tuned for updates on the Stressbot project over the next few weeks.

Posted by: Carla Diana

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