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Mood-changing wearable tech sets pulses racing

Monday, July 06, 2015 - 02:20

Doppel is a new breed of wearable device, one that its developers say can actually change the wearer's mood by delivering a tactile beat to their wrist. Matthew Stock reports.

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The makers of 'doppel' call it the next generation of wearable technology - one that can actually change the mood of the user. Similar in size and shape to a wristwatch, doppel provides a tactile beat to the wearer's wrist. Co-developer Andreas Bilicki: (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANDREAS BILICKI, CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER/ CO-FOUNDER OF TEAM TURQUOISE, SAYING: "In the same way that upbeat music can excite you or bring you up, make you more alert; doppel does this. And it does the same thing with the downbeat tempo which you feel calming you down and even helping you into sleep...As far as we are aware, no one else has developed this type of technology -- it's a new breed of wearable that actually allows you to change the way you feel in a natural and simple way. " Bilicki is part of a team of scientists, engineers and designers who formed Team Turquiose to make doppel a reality. Jack Hooper explained how they were inspired by psycho-physiology - the way a person's mind and body affect each other. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JACK HOOPER, CO-FOUNDER OF TEAM TURQUOISE, SAYING: "We wear it on the inside of the wrist rather than the outside of the wrist, as you can see. And that's because, because this is a psychological mechanism, having doppel's pulse where you expect feel your own pulse amplifies the effect." Doppel is synchronised to each individual via a smartphone app that measures their resting heart rate. To control the level of doppel's pulse, the wearer simply presses the face to make the beat faster or strokes the bezel to slow the pace. Nell Bennett says it offers more than the current crop of wearable tech that often just monitor the body's activity. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NELL BENNETT, HEAD OF DESIGN/CO-FOUNDER OF TEAM TURQUOISE, SAYING: "We feel that technology, and certainly wearables, need to step beyond that to become something that becomes truly integrated seamlessly into people's lives. So we wanted to make a wearable that was about changing how you feel; not just giving you nagging stats and statistics on how many steps you may or may not have walked that day." Team Turquoise say they have successfully tested the device on more than a hundred people, and had its effects independently verified. They recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to turn their prototypes in to consumer-ready models. If successful, they hope the lucrative wearable tech market will soon be marching to a new beat.

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Mood-changing wearable tech sets pulses racing

Monday, July 06, 2015 - 02:20