Over in Vegas at CES 2015 there are a plethora of new fitness trackers on show, and it's obvious that brands are looking to expand on the usual step, calorie and heart-rate mix by offering unique new features - and that's exactly what Zensorium has done with the Being.
The Zensorium Being is an activity wearable with a twist in that it's also capable, according to its makers at least, of tracking your mood - telling users whether they are distressed, excited, normal or calm.
The company's CEO, Visit Thaveeprungsriporn, told us that the mood sensing is based on neuroscience algorithms, using the Being's sensor setup to track heart-rate and blood pressure in order to determine the level of stress.
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He told us that, rather than creating more stress by adding a new worry for wearers, the Being - and its smartphone app - helps users change their moods by teaching them calming techniques. We were also told that the longer a Being is worn, the better the mood tracking will be.
On the regular activity tracking front there's the traditional heart rate, step, distance, speed and calorie counting and there's also sleep monitoring on board with NREM and REM sleep tracking possible.
The Zensorium Being itself is a slightly odd looking smartwatch-esque device that looks a bit like the Pulsar smartwatches of the 1980s. Google it. It's a nickel-free, anodized aluminium alloy constructed wearable with an OLED display and it is 3 ATM water resistant.
You can pre-order one now for $169.15 and shipping is estimated in April. We'll reserve judgement on the bold mood sensing claims until we've fully tested one.
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