The creator of Tinder invents a ring to control your mental health

Startup Happy Health has a precision gadget that promises to monitor your stress to help you overcome it.

In the era of everything connected, here is the arrival of an accessory like no other. Sean Rad, founder of Tinder and the startup Happy Health has just revealed Happy Ring, a ring that promises to do wonders for the stresses of its users. This small device (almost) as discreet as a jewel uses numerous sensors to quantify the various signs of anguish, anxiety and other indications of a state of tension.

Funded with no less than 60 million dollars, this condensed technology has already been tested on a panel of 36 participants for a total of 77 nights. Although this figure may seem very low, this kind of test is rare for gadgets of its kind, proving the seriousness of the startup for this project. After all, when it comes to mental health, it takes precision. Although the Happy Ring is not intended to detect certain pathologies or to replace a health professional, this new tool is intended as an object of medical precision without being a clinical tool.

Is sanity within reach a reality?

Dustin Freckleton, doctor and CEO of Happy Health explains how this gadget works to convince the most skeptical:

When we start thinking difficult thoughts or feeling strong emotions, our brain puts out a response to help us respond to that stimulus. Skin conductance sensors measure the electrical changes that occur in the hand in response to sweat production on the palm of the hand.

Credits: Happy Health

These skin conductance sensors are associated with four wavelength sensors as well as accelerometers and two temperature sensors. All of these tools work together to collect lots of data interpreted by the Happy Ring app’s AI. This algorithm, which can be adapted to each user, makes it possible to identify different emotional states. The goal is to offer a connected object capable of analyzing something other than purely physical data as competitors like Fitbit or the Oura Ring do.

Breathing exercises, meditation, and other exercises clinically proven to reduce certain types of stress are then suggested based on your current condition. This ring, intended as a small revolution in terms of everyday mental health, is already available for pre-order. However be careful, this one is only available through a subscription formula. It will then cost $30 per month for a monthly payment, $24 per month for an annual subscription and $20 per month for a two-year plan. The idea is good but then remains to be seen the results provided are worth the price.

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