Stress is a problem that’s been linked by doctors to serious health issues including heart disease and obesity. One obstacle people face in fighting stress is that they don’t always realize when they are under stress and how it’s impacting the decisions that they make.
Hidn Tempo is a stress-measuring watchband with a working watch that teaches the person wearing it to control stress through three steps: awareness, knowledge and action. The watchband monitors the wearer’s stress level, sleep quality and activities all day. That information is sent to the accompanying Android and iOS app that analyzes the data and gives the user instant advice about what to do, when to do it and how to do it.
Hidn Tempo measures stress levels through galvanic skin response (GSR) and measures the user’s activity using a 3D accelerometer. The product ships in June at future pricing of $199. But early bird Kickstarter backers can get one at pledges starting at about $58. Its makers hope to raise $20,172 by Feb. 25.
This is hardly the first wearable device to gauges stress levels, following such products as the Spire clip-on, Olive wristband and V1bes ring. While there are no doubt many consumers who want to gauge their stress levels, there are just too many similar devices to predict that Hidn Tempo will be a sure thing. It will also take a leap of faith on the part of buyers because it’s impossible to tell from the Kickstarter campaign just how accurate Hidn Tempo’s data is.