BioSelf Technology’s SENSATE consists of a wearable device and app that tracks and reduces stress in real-time. Reportedly, it is the first device to both track biometric stress markers and reduce stress levels, on the spot, giving the wearer the ability to reach meditation-like states to promote enhanced relaxation. According to the World Health Organisation, stress-related illnesses cost the UK economy £43bn each year.
The small, pebble-like device is placed against the chest and collects biometric data on stress markers, including heart rate, respiration, posture, temperature and mood. This data is fed back to the SENSATE app on the wearer’s smartphone, which uses proprietary algorithms to analyze the data and calculate the optimum therapeutic response of SENSATE for the wearer.
Based on the app algorithm, a patent-pending biofeedback loop causes the SENSATE device to emit sub-audible sound waves that are felt through the chest rather than heard, and have been demonstrated to have a calming effect on the autonomic nervous system and vagus nerve. Stimulating the vagus nerve is scientifically proven to lower stress levels, however it is notoriously difficult to consciously control this nerve without years of meditation or yoga training; until now.
SENSATE also uses headphones to deliver pleasing natural sounds and music integrated with sound waves that guide brain activity towards specific frequencies. Users experience a pleasurable sensation as the sounds and vibrations resonate through the body via bone conduction and earphones. In essence – the device monitors and responds to the user’s biological signs of stress in real-time.