Over the past few years, we’ve seen the use of wearable take off. Wearables were first used as fitness trackers and now have evolved to include pulse monitoring, and there is talk that one day we will be able to track blood pressure, blood sugar and even muscle activity by wearing a small device on our bodies.
These wearables are a bit out there and I bet ten years ago no one thought we would be able to do this in our lifetime. But an even more forward thinking category of wearables is alive and well – brainwave tracking.
With various brainwave sensing devices on the market, we are able to easily and relatively inexpensively measure our brainwaves from the comfort of our own homes. Many people may ask, “Why would I want to know what my brainwaves are doing? What’s in it for me?” Well, measuring one’s brainwaves can give the user insights that couldn’t be measured before without an expensive EEG machine.
With these devices, users can track brain activity and see states of focus, relaxation and stress in turn teaching users how to reduce and manage stress.
A wearable that could reduce stress sounds crazy, but the benefits are great. According to the American Stress Institute, stress costs U.S. business over $300 million a year in the form of increased absenteeism, turnover, productivity losses, and insurance costs. And 30% of employees say they were ineffective for at least one week due to job-related stress causing a loss in profit for businesses, according to ComPsych Corp. But if each person took just 3 minutes out of their day, every day to train themselves to enhance cognitive skills such as focus, motivation, and productivity, individuals would see a reduction in stress. All in all, good things for both a business bottom line and the employee’s overall health.
Check out our video on how the latest brainwave wearable works.