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.
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.
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.
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.