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Posted on January 12, 2018

Health monitoring device that makes existing clothes smart

From clunky wristbands to restrictive chest straps, the first generation of wearables have been marred by user adoption challenges and impractical product design. That's why Spire, the leaders in discreet and actionable health monitoring, set out to make the wearable as we know it disappear.
Spire has launched the Spire Health Tag that discreetly adheres to the clothes you wear most and uses advanced algorithms and deep learning to provide personalized, real-time health guidance for sleep, stress, and daily activity through continuously analyzing breath and heart rate inflection points.
Countless wearables have come to market, but all have faced significant challenges because they required too much daily maintenance like charging, or collected health data with no actionable insights. That's why consumers have come to perceive wearables as gimmicks and are abandoning them in junk drawers by the millions.
Recommended and used in-practice by over a thousand healthcare professionals worldwide, Spire's first product, the Spire Stone, has been proven to treat mental health and pain-related conditions. In a peer-reviewed study by Stanford University at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America conference, use of Spire Stone resulted in 37 percent more calm- and 25 percent more focus-related breathing patterns among LinkedIn employees. To date, Spire has grossed over $8M and is one of the only wearables available globally in Apple Stores.
Now those same research based insights are packaged in a nearly invisible form factor that removes distractions and concerns about battery life, maintenance, or even remembering to put it on.
"Everyone has experienced that swing of emotions from anticipation to dulled disappointment to apathy when a new wearable doesn't fulfill its promises. The behavior change simply isn't worth it," said Jonathan Palley, co-founder and CEO of Spire. "We created Spire Health Tag with the belief that the health wearable should be completely invisible unless it has something important to tell you in-the-moment. Only by making the wearable disappear can the industry drive better outcomes."
Spire Health Tag Features:
  • Invisible Form Factor: Stick it on and forget it. Available in packs of 3, 8 or 15, Spire Health Tags adhere to the clothes worn most often, such as bras, underwear, pajamas and exercise gear, and don't need to be reattached on a daily basis.
  • No Daily Maintenance Required: Spire Health Tags have a nearly 2-year battery life, so there's no need to charge them. They're also waterproof and can go through the washer and dryer, so they stay on your clothes and are as easy to use as simply putting on your clothes every day.
  • Advanced, Comprehensive Health Sensors: In addition to measuring health metrics like activity, sleep, heart rate and heart rate variability, Spire Health Tags have proprietary respiratory sensors that measure your breathing, creating the unique ability to understand and manage stress.
  • Personalized Guidance: Feel less stressed, more focused and have more energy. Machine-learning algorithms analyze activity and respiration to understand how stress levels, exercise and sleep impact one another and provide personalized real-time recommendations on how to improve health on a daily basis.
The Spire Health Tag assess sleep, stress and activity and the accompanying mobile app helps understand the connections between them.
Source and top image: Spire
Learn more at the next leading event on the topic: Wearable USA 2018 External Link on 14 - 15 Nov 2018 at Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, USA hosted by IDTechEx.