Here at Gizmag we try to keep our stress levels down, but sometimes a stiff drink and a quick match at Guitar Hero doesn't quite cut it, so we naturally fell in love with HeartMath's emWave Personal Stress Reliever. The emWave PSR is a handheld device that monitors your heart rate and provides feedback that allows you to train yourself to maintain a regular heart rate and breathing rhythm - resulting in reduced stress. We originally covered the emWave PSR when it was first released
in 2006 - but at CES 2009, Gizmag's Kate Seamer got a chance to try it out and have a chat with Catherine Calarco from HeartMath.
June 26, 2006 Back in November 2004, we tried Freeze-Framer
- an interactive program that measures stress levels so the user can better manage their emotional and physical response to stress. Stress is the mind's response to any pressure that disrupts its normal balance. It occurs when our perception of events doesn't meet our expectations and we are unable to manage our reaction. As a response, stress expresses itself as resistance, tension, strain or frustration that throws off our physiological and psychological equilibrium, keeping us out of sync. If our equilibrium is disturbed for long, the stress can become disabling. According to the American Institute of Stress, up to 90% of all health problems are related to stress. Too much stress can contribute to and agitate many health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, depression and sleep disorders. Now the same Freeze-Framer technologies have been incorporated in a mobile handheld device, no bigger than a cell phone, designed to help the user reduce stress anytime, anywhere. Weighing only 2.2 ounces, the US$200 emWave pocket-sized personal stress reliever becomes available tomorrow to assist people in gaining a new sense of inner control.
November 13, 2004 The Freeze-Framer software and hardware package from Heartmath
is an interactive program that measures stress levels and their effect on your physiology to help better manage your emotional and physical performance and facilitate heart-brain synchronisation. Using Freeze-Framer's fingertip or ear pulse sensor that plugs into the USB Port on your computer, you can watch in real time how thoughts and emotions affect your heart and autonomic nervous system. With the Freeze-Framer you can objectively monitor your heart rhythms and confirm when you have achieved an autonomic nervous system balance, just like a one-on-one personal coach that helps you reach your own goals.