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Watch out, toxic friends and bad bosses: this bracelet will reveal which people stress you out the most

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First came the Fitbit and the aim of getting 10,000 steps a day, then came the Apple Watch with added features like heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking. Now, there's a new wearable in town – and it will reveal which of your friends (or colleagues) stress you out the most.

Dubbed the WellBe, the latest wrist strap monitor claims to be the first ever "anti-stress biofeedback bracelet and app" and is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. It works by tracking the wearer's heart rate and uses a special algorithm to determine stress levels. It then connects to a dedicated app which syncs with the wearer's calendar to pinpoint stress triggers and challenging situations – such as a dreaded work meeting, or a dinner date with a demanding friend.

WellBe stress levels tracker

When the wearer experiences a stressful event, the app will respond by suggesting calming, on-the-spot solutions. These range from notifications to remember to take a break, breathe and drink a glass of water, to personalised meditation guides, soothing playlists and imagination exercises designed to reduce stress and have a positive effect on the wellbeing of the wearer.

It doesn't go as far as to suggest that you quit your job or stop seeing that toxic friend, but the cold, hard data is there should you decide to make bigger changes.

WellBe stress levels tracker

The developers point out that reducing stress levels can have many health benefits – from fewer headaches and an increased quality of sleep, to a reduced risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. Mentor-style programmes are also available through the app, which aim to help the user "adopt well-being as a habit".

The bracelet is not yet officially on sale, but it's likely it will be soon – with 30 days still to go, the WellBe team have already raised more than double their $25,000 Kickstarter goal. You can still fund the campaign, and receive one of the very first bracelets, by pledging $109 (£77) or more.

To find out more, watch the campaign video below.

 

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Helen Booth

Helen Booth is a London-based writer, digital editor and part-time maker who loves interiors, crafts and keeping tabs on trends. She also co-founded the weekly newsletter Lunch Hour Links.

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