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Brief Published: 15 Oct 2014

Olive: Stress-Managing Bracelet

Olive smart-band

Olive is a smart wristband that promises to track and manage stress levels. Created by US start-up Olive Labs, the bracelet is packed with an array of sensors to measure heart rate, fluctuations in skin temperature and light exposure. These data points offer clues to the body's stress levels.

The partnered smartphone or web app then analyses habits that contribute to or alleviate registered stress levels, like physical activity, sleep patterns and exposure to light. The app also uses your calendar and location data to build a full picture of daily activity.

Finally, Olive helps users prepare for and recover from stress by offering a range of breathing and meditative exercises via the app when stress levels peak unexpectedly, or in anticipation of routine stress points. It can nudge the user with gentle vibrations or its integrated LED lights, both of which can also pulse in time with recommended breathing exercises.

Its developers are working with scientists and researchers to deliver a variety of recommended stress-management exercises. These regular updates might help avoid the high rates of abandonment seen elsewhere in the fitness-tracker segment of the wearables market.

Olive is expected to start shipping in November 2015, with a projected retail price of $150.

Smarter, more intuitive sensors are paving the way for a new wave of mood-reading machines that could transform the health and wellness industry. Take a look at Hybrid Health and Post Digital: Beyond Wearables for more.