EmotiBit is a wearable biometric sensing device that records 16 bio-signals such as vitals, movements, and emotional state. The wearable technology uses open-source software to enable users to create programs using data from the device easily.
There is a long list of fitness wearables available on the market that continuously monitor vitals, such as the Apple Watch 6. Usually, these wearables have accompanying smartphone apps that organise the data into easy-to-understand graphs and progress charts to help the wearer reach their health goals. These wearables give very little or no opportunity to work with the data it records because they are designed for a specific use.
EmotiBit, currently on Kickstarter, is a wearable sensor device that has been developed with customisation in mind. The EmotiBit captures 16 different bio-signals connected to movement, emotions, and physiology. These include like heart rate and variability, breathing, types of movement and hydration.
Data can be wirelessly streamed or recorded to the built-in SD card. What makes EmotiBit truly unique is that the software is entirely open source and the data belongs to the wearer. The wearer can use the Arduino-compatible wearable in almost any way. The data can help performance artists connect in a new way with their body. It can help people monitor health changes and help the wearer better understand how their emotional state impacts their body.
Being open-source means people can develop programs using data from the wearable to create their solutions to problems that other wearables aren’t capable of. For example, they may write a program that alerts them to practice a breathing exercise when the wearable indicates stress. Or they can develop an alarm program that wakes them when they are in a light sleep stage instead of disrupting REM sleep.
EmotiBit is in a crowdfunding stage and not currently available for purchase.