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Technology
Published: 25 Jun 2015

Doppel: Set Your Pace

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Doppel harnesses the body's natural response to rhythm

Doppel is a new wearable that produces a tactile rhythm to help users set – and stick to – a chosen pace during a variety of activities.

The band, which was created by UK start-up Team Turquoise, emits a regular pulse on the inside of the wearer's wrist. The pulse can be set to a faster rate for more demanding activities such as high-impact exercise, or a slower rate to help users relax and focus during demanding tasks.

"Doppel harnesses your body's natural response to rhythm," says co-founder Jack Hooper. "It can be used to keep you going through a really long meeting, help you stay calm during a presentation, or wind down at the end of the day."

The concept is based on the theory that people modify their behaviour in response to natural rhythms, such as the beat of music or the breathing pattern of a partner. During testing conducted by experts at London's Royal Holloway University, Doppel was shown to double the focus level of users during a basic computer task.

Doppel is currently in prototype mode. If the current Kickstarter campaign is successful, the first wristbands will ship in April 2016, priced at £70 ($111).

To discover more innovative devices that are helping consumers manage their pace of life, read Battling Busyness and Compressed Calm.

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