Prana smart waistband clip monitors your posture, breathing

If you work in an office or similar seated profession it can be pretty bad for your long-term health. San Francisco based Prana Tech LLC is hoping to help those who are shackled to a sedentary lifestyle due to their jobs with a new smart device bearing the company name. If you use the Prana you are supposed to benefit from reduced stress, better focus, and less back pain.

How to wear the Prana

How to wear the Prana

In their own words The Prana “is the first wearable which combines breath and posture tracking in one compact device”. The firm says that its technology is influenced by both the ancient and modern; Yoga traditions and recent medical studies. The sensors employed therefore have been chosen to be capable of monitoring and feeding back both posture and breathing metrics.

The Prana device, back and front

The Prana device, back and front

Dr. Paul Abramson, M.D., chief science officer of Prana said “There is now much research backing the notion that specific breathing patterns can have specific physiological impacts, such as promoting calmness through the parasympathetic response, increasing alertness, improving heart rate variability, lowering blood pressure, interrupting acute anxiety episodes, and even helping with chronic pain.” He added that in his clinical experience breathing pattern instruction was very important for recovering patients.

Prana smartphone apps

Prana smartphone apps

Being a smart device the way you use Prana is tailored to your needs. A smartphone app works to use the data coming from your Prana wearable to provide you health benefits and even fun. I’ll explain that – an app allows you to use Prana for either active or passive training of your breathing and posture but also offers a ‘game mode’ which you control with the breathing exercises. We read that the game “offers dozens of visualized breathing exercises for many distinct health benefits”. The game activity sees you collecting flowers by controlling your inhalations and exhalations while maintaining good posture.

Prana is a pleasantly designed lightweight discrete circular device that won’t look bulky or ugly. The device is priced at $149.99 and is expected to become available in January 2015.

Mark Tyson

Mark has worked for a number of years as a newshound on other technology news websites. He decided to write for Tech Assimilate thanks to this web site's open embracing vision of the fascinating world of personal technology. Mark has also worked in the printing and advertising industries for tens of years previously.

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