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A Smartphone in Your Bag May Be Able to Track Your Heart

A Smartphone in Your Bag May Be Able to Track Your Heart | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it
A smartphone may be able to measure your heart and breathing rates, even if you’re not directly touching it, researchers say.
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Called Biophone, this research project is led by Rosalind Picard's Affective Computing Departement at the MIT Medialab in Boston.


Biophone is exploring the possibility of using commercially available phones to monitor your heart and breathing rates, even if the devices are in your pockets or bags.


The idea is to rely on a phone's accelerometer and gyroscope to pick up even small vibrations and body movements that come from your heart beating and from the rise and fall of your chest as you breathe.

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Biophone is exploring the possibility of using commercially available phones to monitor your heart and breathing rates, even if the devices are in your pockets or bags.


The idea is to rely on a phone's accelerometer and gyroscope to pick up even small vibrations and body movements that come from your heart beating and from the rise and fall of your chest as you breathe.

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"Embrace", the wearable version of Empatica's wristbands.

The first wearable to help measure stress, epileptic seizures, activity, and sleep. The Embrace is designed to be a gorgeous watch and a medical quality devi...
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Empatica released its Indiegogo campaign a few days ago and they already fulfill their $100K objective. The Milan-Boston based company intend to launch Embrace a mass-market wristband on July 2015.


The value proposal of the Embrace is to offer a tracker that can measure your stressyour activity and your sleep.

It also promises to help people detect epileptic seizures to take the appropriate disposition.

In my opinion, this double positioning is interesting but there is a risk to blur the key value to the mass-market. I also think that not embedding HR makes the product less compelling for Medical fields.


The SRP is set at $199. For that price, you will get your Embrace Wristband + 2 apps (Empatica Alert, Empatica Mate). The Embrace embeds sensors that track Electrodermal Activity (EDA)  which calculates emotions arousal.. 

Accelerometer and Gyroscope to track Activities and Sleep.

No Heart-Rate sensor on Embrace. 

It allowed the Industrial Design to be less constrained by the locking system. The form is a easy slap made off leather. The clock IHM is made of a led pattern on the face of the Watch. Not obvious for the user, a type of mental friction I would avoid. 

The Embrace is coming with 2 sizes and a set of 5 colors.


I personally use the Empatica E3 wristband to collect datas for my explorations on emotions and affective computing. The HW is very reliable and the datas collection very accurate and in term of Timeframe.


Empatica partnered at MIT Medialab with Rosalind Picard's Affective Computing lab and with Orrin Devinsky, Director at NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.

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Bandu: The watch that slows you down (prototype)

Bandu: The watch that slows you down (prototype) | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it

Bandu is a biofeedback watch and smartphone app that empowers you to take time for yourself with music, games, a phone call, or with deep breaths or a stretch. The Neumitra team behind this innovation is actually counting 5 members, including MIT alumnis. They are actually on a fundraising phasis (through indigogo crowdfunding and RockHealth program).

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How to Use GIFs to Teach Computers About Emotions

How to Use GIFs to Teach Computers About Emotions | UX-UI-Wearable-Tech for Enhanced Human | Scoop.it
How two researchers at MIT Media Lab want to use our response to GIFs as way to teach computers to understand emotions.
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Very exciting Research Achievement by Kevin Hu from the Affective Computing Lab @MIT Medialab. Congratulations  ! 

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BioGlass: Physiological Parameter Estimation Using a Head-mounted Wearable Device (MIT Research)

What if you could see what calms you down or increases your stress as you go through your day? .

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An Glass app called BioGlass, developed by researchers at Georgia Tech and MIT, uses the built-in accelerometer, gyroscope and front-facing camera on Google's wearable device to measure your heart rate, breathing, and tiny movements.

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