Spire Is the Breath-Tracking Wearable That Keeps You Calm

Jun 17, 2014 02:48 PM EDT | Jordan Ecarma

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Spire is a wearable that stands out in the growing Internet of things by giving users specific instructions instead of just numbers.

Intended to keep its wearer breathing steadily, the small device can be clipped inside clothing to track and visualize breath activity throughout the day, TechCrunch reported.

Spire developer Neema Moraveji wanted "to change the way the world breathes" with the device, he told TechCrunch. The wearable is designed to "give people the awareness and control over their state of mind, and breathing is the simplest way to do it because it's very measurable and actionable while the mind is amorphous," said Moraveji, who started the Stanford Calming Technology Lab.

If you're sitting for too long, Spire will let you know that getting up to stretch your legs is a good idea. The app also measures and visualizes physical activity using the companion app.

Spire stands out from a host of wearables that also track activity by constantly following the "frequency and magnitude of your breaths, as well as the ratio of in to out." The resulting data becomes a graphic representation onscreen through the app.

The wearable notifies you if your breaths are shallow due to tension or if it's been too long since you took a good, deep breath. The app will then suggest breathing exercises to encourage deep breaths.

The sleek, gray Spire device can fit into the palm of your hand and has a week-long battery life, according to TechCrunch. It recharges on a wireless charging dish, which has an equally spare aesthetic of cork and metal. Spire can be placed on top of the dish to replenish its juice in a few hours.

The wearable intended to help the world breathe better has gone through 160 hardware versions, according to TechCrunch. Spire pairs with a companion app and is now available at special preorder pricing for $109. The wearable is scheduled to ship in September and will be $149 at full retail price.

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