In the making: stress-measuring device

March 9, 2010 by  
Filed under STRESS

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

Can you imagine yourself wearing a device that can measure your stress levels? A device that can tell you to stop, slow down, and take a deep breath? A device that may be able to prevent an impending heart attack or stroke?

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) were just testing a prototype the other day. The ETH researcerhs, together with psychologists from the University of Zurich tested the device on 30 volunteers – students who were about to take a rather difficult Math exam. The prototype performed rather well, with an estimated 83% success rate of recognizing “stressed individuals”.

So how does this device work? The device works in different ways and measures several parameters, namely:

  • Heart rate
  • Respiration rate
  • Levels of the stress hormones cortisol in the saliva
  • Conductivity of the skin

Heart and respiration rates increase when people are under pressure. The body then produces increased levels of cortisol. Sweating of the palm and the soles of the feet occur, leading to increased conductivity. With these measurements, the device can tell you how stressed you are.

The performance of the prototype was definitely better than a device installed in the students’ chairs which measured the movement of the seated person with the hypothesis that the more movement, the higher is the stress level. The rate of success of the chair-attached device is only 73%.

There is a great potential for an effective stress-measuring device in terms of health care and financial xxx. The currently prototype being tested is kind of bulky with lots of cables and electrodes attached to it. The researchers, however, hope to make the device smaller through miniaturization and wireless technology so that it would be small enough to wear like a watch around the wrist or inserted in your socks.

Measuring stress levels is very important as research evidence has shown stress to be linked to cardiovascular as well as mental health. A small device that can measure different parameters related to stress can help people keep their stress levels under control comparable to how diabetes patients keep their glycemic levels under control by monitoring blood sugar levels. In doing so, stress-related heart attacks and strokes can be prevented and minimized. Do you think we will finally see such a device in the market? Let’s wait and see in 2 to 3 years’ time.

Related Posts with Thumbnails
Print Friendly, PDF & Email
  • Winsor Pilates


One Response to “In the making: stress-measuring device”
  1. sexshop says:

    I have noticed that costs for online degree professionals tend to be a terrific value. For example a full College Degree in Communication in the University of Phoenix Online consists of Sixty credits at $515/credit or $30,900. Also American Intercontinental University Online gives a Bachelors of Business Administration with a complete school feature of 180 units and a price of $30,560. Online studying has made taking your higher education degree been so detailed more than before because you can easily earn your own degree through the comfort of your abode and when you finish working. Thanks for all other tips I have really learned from your website.

Speak Your Mind

Tell us what you're thinking...
and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!


Random Battling For Health Products From Our Store

NOTE: The contents in this blog are for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or a substitute for professional care. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before making changes to any existing treatment or program. Some of the information presented in this blog may already be out of date.

Read previous post:
Another side to mammograms: the German perspective

Whereas the Americans are debating about increasing the starting age of mammography screening from 40 to 50, some countries in...