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Consumer Lifestyle
Published: 30 Dec 2015

Sona Wearable Boosts Wellbeing

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New York-based start-up Caeden has designed a connected bracelet that focuses on the user's overall wellbeing by monitoring mind and body health. The bracelet, called Sona, tracks activity with a built-in biometric sensor that notes subtle changes in heart rate.

By tracking heart rate variability, rather than standard pulse rate, the device gathers information about both the cardiovascular and nervous system – key to providing the most accurate view of the user's health. The bracelet can predict when the wearer is becoming too stressed and alert them accordingly.

A programme called Resonance on the accompanying app restores a sense of calm via breathing and meditation exercises. Designed by scientists to work with the natural heart rate patterns of the user, the programme offers personalised training to increase resilience against future pressure, as well as easing immediate mental strain.

The wearable is made of leather and rose-gold metal, and has a screenless design, as it is intended to look like a fashionable accessory. It is available to pre-order at a cost of $149 and the first deliveries are due to ship in the first week of 2016.

As explored in Compressed Calm, a new wave of sensory wearables is helping consumers to understand and improve their wellbeing. For more on how wearable devices are set to change the way consumers look after their physical and emotional health, don't miss our reporting from CES 2016, coming soon.

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