Mindfulness Goes Mainstream

Mindfulness is now mainstream.

More wearable technology companies are starting to understand the potential impact of mindfulness – and we’re thrilled. Since 2014, we’ve talked about why breath and mindfulness are the next frontiers in wellness. Back then, pundits called our app, market-focus and breakthrough breathing sensors “niche.” They were wrong: now, almost every other major wearable technology company is attempting to enter the space we’ve led.

But there is a big difference between a paced breathing exercise using LEDs on your wrist and actually measuring and impacting your breathing and state of mind in daily life. At Spire, we continue to invest in developing deep technologies and experiences that do what wristbands cannot: provide real-time insights on your breathing and measurable outcomes to improve your state of mind in daily life.

We do it by actually sensing respiration, improving mindfulness, and training in breathing practices. Here’s how:

Patenteblog_quote1d Respiration Sensors

Spire’s sensors – which go beyond simple accelerometers – and algorithms measure respiration patterns continuously, throughout the day (not only when to stop to meditate).

This means Spire can:

  1. Notify you in-the-moment when your breathing changes – like when you are getting tense or haven’t taken a deep breath in a while. This is key!

    “I set up an immediate alarm to notify me of my ‘Tense’ streaks, and that really helps me to become instantly aware of the fact I have to get calmer.” -A.C.
  2. Deliver a complete picture of your day to help you understand your breathing and state of mind all day long. For example, understand what makes you tense, what brings you calm, and when you get most focused.

    “I’ve also noticed that I’d often become tense when speaking about my work projects, or discussing things with my team members. Spire helps me there as well, notifying me of a tense streak.” -J.G.
  3. blog_quote2Visualize your breathing, in real-time, while doing any breathing practice or meditations.

“The breathwave visualization is the best thing I’ve ever used as a breathing technique for calming down.” -J.J.

Spire feeds your respiration data to algorithms that strip out the noise and classify it according to the way you normally breathe (what’s calm for you is different than calm for another person).  Our algorithms are based on dozens of laboratory studies around the world that distinguish how respiration patterns vary with cognitive and emotional state.

The success of wearables has been built on using new sensors to measure and provide feedback that you can directly use. This rule is no different when it comes to breathing and mindfulness: measuring your breathing is paramount.

blog_quote3Mindfulness:

Mindfulness is the practice of creating space between stimulus and response; it helps you respond to life situations versus reacting irrationally. This requires strong ability to direct one’s attention as well as the ability to observe without judgment.

A core technique in mindfulness is to use breathing as an anchor for attention. This is because respiration is the only autonomic function you have direct control over. Greater mindfulness practice results in a lower resting respiration rate, among other clinical outcomes such as reduced depression and stress. The guidance in the Spire app is based on protocols from clinical studies to alleviate anxiety and pain, increase heart rate variability, reduce blood pressure, and more.

Meditation:

Meditation is the exercise of practicing to be more skilled with our attention and to have greater awareness and control over emotions. The most common meditation technique is to maintain attention on the breath.

At Spire, we’ve always believed that helping improve wellness requires more than just tracking steps and calories burned. That’s why we’ve always taken a holistic approach to personal health.

Body + mind, together.

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