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The Vitality Bracelet: Bringing Balance to Your Life with Psychophysiological Measurements

  • Joyce Westerink
  • William van Beek
  • Elke Daemen
  • Joris Janssen
  • Gert-Jan de Vries
  • Martin Ouwerkerk
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Part of the Human–Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)

Abstract

We present the concept of the Vitality Bracelet, a wrist-worn device that helps users in bringing more balance in their daily life, especially a balance between stressful and relaxing situations. On the one hand, the Vitality Bracelet comprises the measurement of your skin conductance, reflecting the current level of arousal of your autonomic nervous system. These skin conductance measurements are analyzed in real-time to give an indication of upcoming tension, but they could also be recorded and visualized to present an overview of the daily or weekly tension patterns. On the other hand, the Vitality Bracelet offers paced breathing exercises, supporting instant relaxation as well as general health and vitality on the long run. This chapter describes the design, development and a first evaluation of the Vitality Bracelet concept.

Keywords

Heart Rate Variability Skin Conductance Skin Conductance Response Skin Conductance Level Reference Resistor 
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Notes

Acknowledgement

We would like to thank David Browning for the inspiration and support of this work.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joyce Westerink
    • 1
  • William van Beek
    • 1
  • Elke Daemen
    • 1
  • Joris Janssen
    • 1
  • Gert-Jan de Vries
    • 1
  • Martin Ouwerkerk
    • 1
  1. 1.Philips Research EuropeEindhovenThe Netherlands

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