Research Brief - Volume 2016, Number 01

Commercial and experimental biosensor solutions for use with stress management apps on smart devices

LiveWell RERC research and development staff are working to develop a wireless sensor that detects physiological indicators of stress through ecological momentary assessment and integrates with stress management apps on smart devices. The biosensor will integrate with two apps we are currently developing: 1) a coaching app for using a breathing technique for stress management built for wearable devices, and 2) a problem-solving app for smartphones and tablets. When the biosensor detects signs of stress, it will trigger a cue on a smart device that indicates to users that they may be experiencing an increase in stress and may benefit from using a stress management strategy. Confirmation of the need to use a selected stress management strategy will cause the respective app to launch.