Hack Happiness with Sentio emotion-tracking wristband



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(Sarah Young @ ConsumerAffairs) The future holds a seemingly endless number of products that seek to improve the quality of our health. From Fitbits to Smart Sneakers, wearable tech has already figured out how to track our physical needs  but what if it could also track your emotional needs?

That’s the idea behind Sentio’s emotional tracker, appropriately named “Feel.” Revealed at CES 2016 last week, the emotion-tracking wristband can sense when your mood isn’t the greatest and prescribe solutions or a program to help get you back to happy.

Sentio’s slogan for the Feel? “Hack Happiness.”

Tracks biosignals

According to the “myfeel” website, the Feel works by using “4 integrated sensors on the wristband [that] measure and track biosignals from users throughout the day, including galvanic skin response, blood volume pulse and skin temperature.”

Using a companion app, the Feel system visually graphs a user’s emotional state throughout a given day and provides “personalized recommendations to help users reduce stress and improve well-being.”

For example, the Feel will know that you were feeling awesome after you ran several miles yesterday. Today, it has sensed that you’re not feeling as great, so it will recommend that you do some more running.

Other features

The Feel wristband offers a number of other cool features, all while boasting a look slightly more stylish than the Fitbit. (It’s leather.)

Feel “alerts” will cause the wristband to vibrate in the case of an extremely stressful situation, which may or may not add to the stress of the situation a la the game Operation. 

The app can also give "personalized recommendations." You'll get coaching on how can you improve your emotional health, with advice such as "laugh more" peppered throughout your day. 

An emotional wellness plan will help ensure users are sticking to their long-term emotional goals; daily analysis of which will allow wearers to track whether their overall state is improving or declining.

Will it work?

Since it’s only a prototype, it remains to be seen whether or not the Feel can actually make people happier —much less, how people will respond to the idea of forced happiness.

While it’s similar to Fitbit, the Feel wristband has much less concrete evidence from which to harvest its data, since emotional well-being is so much more complex than physical well-being.

Because while even an inanimate object may indeed be able to judge when we’re in a mood, can it really know what types of things trigger certain emotions? That’s like asking a robot to be human.