Plenty of gadgets can track your steps, but what about your state of mind? Spire unveiled a new type of fitness tracker on Tuesday -- one that tracks your movement and state of mind throughout the day. Spire measures your breathing patterns and brings awareness to levels of focus, stress, calm and flow. This, in turn, helps you modify your behavior in real time to achieve your goals and reach your optimal performance.
Paired with a companion mobile app, Spire delivers notifications that empower you to tune your body and mind to become more focused and balanced throughout the day. Spire is lightweight and can be worn on the hip (or torso) and is easily charged on the compatible charging pad. Featuring a 7-day battery, Spire charges wirelessly using the Qi wireless charging standard and includes a charging pad elegantly designed to accent any room or home.
"Breathing patterns are incredibly sensitive to state of mind. Spire measures over 10 characteristics of each breath cycle to assess levels of stress, focus, and more," said Neema Moraveji, Ph.D, Spire co-founder and chief product officer. "Spire is like a weather app for your day – giving you insight into your different states of mind along with fitness data."
Spire's companion app does more than simply display data -- it lets you know about notable events, like that tense 30-minute meeting at work. It then offers guided activities, like a breathing exercise or relaxing walk, to shift your state of mind. This app is compatible with the iPhone 4S, iPad 3rd Gen, and newer versions of each.
Spire was created because people who used activity trackers were tired of having 86 percent of their day ignored, according to Spire's co-founder and CEO Jonathan Palley.
"Whether in the gym, at work, or commuting in a car, Spire empowers users to perform their best throughout the entire day," said Palley. "The key breakthrough of using respiratory patterns to measure state-of-mind is that it allows us to provide feedback that is easy to understand and act upon. It's advanced science mixed with common sense."
Shipping in September, Spire will retail for $149.99 but is available at a discount today, June 17, 2014, for a limited pre-order.