1. All the Feels: Digitizing Human Feelings

    A few years ago, companies such as FitBit popularized physical health wearables and now a number of companies are looking to collect and analyze data through phone use and mental health wearables. Vinaya, creator of Zenta, says the wrist-wearable monitors physical health, such as your heart rate, but also perspiration, respiration and temperature and cross-references this data against other data from your smartphone in order to understand cause and effect. In doing so, it creates a pattern of indicators measuring stress levels.

    Spire is another option for wearable technology that can detect breathing patterns and other signs that translates them into emotions without requiring the user to input information into an app. When an emotion is detected, it will send a signal to the user’s phone and tell him or her how to relax. Users clip it to their belt or bra so the device is discrete.

    Pala-linq is a mobile app with wearable and web components that provide support to those recovering from alcohol and/or drug addiction. Pala-linq’s technology tracks mind, body and spiritual activity levels, helping the more than 23 million Americans enrolled in substance abuse programs each year stay on track with their recovery goals. Pala-linq leverages technology to keep users connected to their support system, remember their goals and stay on track with their overall recovery plan through promoting holistic recovery principles with complementary technology. The device is currently in beta-testing.

    The Fisher Wallace Simulator, an FDA-approved neurostimulation device helps treat depression, anxiety and insomnia. The headband-like device is placed over the patient’s temples and gently stimulates the brain to release serotonin and dopamine reducing stress and increasing happiness. Doctors believe it can treat Bipolar Disorder and Depression. It can be used on its own or paired with medication and a provider must approve the treatment in order for it to be used. 

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