EmoGraphy Stress Management by Philips Can Monitor and Predict Stress

Philips EmoGraphy
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Stress is a natural physical and mental reaction to life experiences that requires your body to react and adjust in response. For immediate, short-term situations, stress can be beneficial to your health. However, if stress levels stay high far longer than is necessary for survival, it can take a toll on your health. According to a survey, Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.

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Keeping that in mind, Philips has developed a novel technology that provides insights into a person’s daily stress level, in a way that is easy to understand. EmoGraphy helps users achieve and maintain a better and balanced lifestyle by providing insight in stress levels and cognitive functioning of the brain. It can predict cognitive zone changes up to an hour ahead, and advises the user in plain language on appropriate actions.

“We know that the body gets a lot of signals about stress and over-arousal. People tend to ignore those signals that the body gives and this leads to more stress. We’ve seen in several studies that skin conductance is an accurate measurement of sympathetic nervous system activity, which indicates arousal and stress. The sweat glands are uniquely coupled to the sympathetic nervous system and give very clean measurements,” Navin Natoewal, the Head of Integrated Technology Solutions at Philips, told MedGadget in an interview.

“One of the signals of the sympathetic nervous system activity is stress-induced cortisol release, which can negatively impact your cognitive performance. We have found a unique algorithm where we can correlate the sweat gland activity to cortisol levels in your body. We are focusing mainly with our technology to give the immediate arousal measurements into what we call the stress level and we interpret that signal into what we call the cognitive zone,” Natoewal added.

Stress management system
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EmoGraphy Provides:

  • Easy, unobtrusive, short-term daily stress monitoring
  • Wearable device that can be worn comfortably on the wrist and elsewhere
  • Current level of stress in StressLevel score
  • CognitiveZone classification and insight into personal situation
  • Interpretation and explanation of data and advice for optimal performance
  • Improved wellbeing and quality of life
  • Predictions of CognitiveZone changes 60 minutes in advance

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