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What are the Top Five Mindfulness Gadgets in 2016?

What are the Top Five Mindfulness Gadgets?

It can be a true challenge to find a wellbeing device that has the ability to not only record results but also teach you how to make meaningful changes to your lifestyle. There are so many different types of wellbeing apps and products on the market that it is hard to decide which product is worth your dime. While they are all “good” products to use to measure your wellbeing, there are a couple of things to consider before investing in such a potentially pricey piece of technology.

Things to consider

Because everyone is different we are all looking to improve different things within ourselves, we have different personalities, and different amounts of free time. Which is why finding a personalized wellbeing tracker is important when you are on the go the majority of the time, but finding the right one for you can be a challenge. There are a few questions to ask yourself.

  • What are you trying to measure?
  • How much money do you have to spend?
  • How often will you use your device?

After reviewing many products that can help with your stress level, meditation routine, and steps we’ve determined which wellbeing products are currently the best on the market.

The Muse

With the climbing percentage of American’s being stressed out all the time, the launch of the Muse can potentially reduce those statistics and create a calmer less stressed out life. The muse uses electroencephalography sensors via temporal nerves on your forehead and behind your ear to measure your brain waves and how they handle different situations. But the product doesn’t stop there. While using the app the Muse has different sounds to emulate a relaxing environment to help you calm down in times of distress. At $300 this futuristic headset can be the solution to wipe all your stressful worries away.

The Thync

Another product that takes you into the future is the Thync. This new wearable sends “vibes” to your neural pathways to give you one of two feelings, either energized or calm. Depending on where you place the sensors this device can give you a bolt of energy, like a midafternoon cup of coffee, or a revolutionary way to feel calm and mellow at the end of a hard day.  Using pressure points behind your ear or at the nape of your neck Thync sends vibrations into your skin which creates these preplanned feelings that you are hoping for. Although this product has only been out for a short period of time, the technology packed into this small gadget has been able to provide many people with medical relief. (Disclaimer: This is not FDA approved, nor is it an alternative for medicine.)

The Spire

Get inSPIREd by this product that is out on the market. This small pebble like gadget measures your stress level and steps through your breathing. The new technology within this product, created by Neema Moraveji the founder of Stanford Calming Technology Lab, is used to measure how your breathing is affecting your everyday life. Not only does it measure your breathing and give you results, but it also guides you through breathing exercises to help you overcome these stressful situations either in real time or for the future. 

The Pip

 A non-wearable stress management tool uses sweat glands to determine how stressed out you are the time that you are holding the device. Although this device is small and accessible to carry anywhere, you might want to set aside various times to track your stress levels, especially since 2 of the 5 apps that are compatible with the device require a quiet and secluded area so the audio levels can guide you through a meditation process. The apps that are compatible with this product are available for both iOS and Android. 

The Sleepace

Lastly, the Sleepace is another non-wearble wellbeing device that is new on the market. Unlike any other wellbeing products you literally sleep on this device. As it lays under you on your bed it is able to measure your movement, breathing patterns, and heart rate. It can also tell when you have fallen asleep and when you have woken up. Even if it was just for a second. With the pairing of the app Reston, this product is able to deliver results about what happens when you are completely oblivious and unaware, while you are sleeping.

Despite the many apps and trackers on the market right now there are only a few that are worth your time and money. Some devices specialize in specific areas of health, like the Sleepace and sleep, while others have a plethora of things it is trying to accomplish to make tracking your health easier, The Spire. Although there are many currently on the market, technology is always expanding and soon these products will have been updates, or new products will emerge. But until then, these top 5 products are the best at tracking your wellbeing.


Frances Masters

Frances Masters is a BACP accredited psychotherapist with over 30,000 client hours of experience. Follow her @fusioncoachuk, or visit The Integrated Coaching Academy for details about up coming training.