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8 gadgets to help you relax in the new year

Meditation is great. Now there's an app for that! These relaxation gadgets claim they can help you relieve stress and work smarter in 2016.

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Topic: Robotics
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1 of 8 Pip

The PIP

The PIP is a biosensor that helps you learn to relax using biofeedback, a process through which users learn to control their body and mind by paying attention to ongoing status updates. Available for both iOS and Android, the PIP detects whether you're stressing or relaxing in real time.

To use the device, which just cleared $100,000 in funding on Kickstarter, you hold it between your fingertips. It wirelessly communicates your Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), which is the change of conductivity in your skin due to sweat, to your smartphone or tablet. Creators of the device hope that a full suite of gaming and entertainment apps will eventually help you to visualize your relaxation and master your stress in a fun and engaging way.

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doppel

doppel is a device you wear around your wrist that can naturally make you feel more alert or relaxed. It works by rhythmically pulsing on the inside of your wrist. doppel harnesses our innate response to rhythm. The reaction to doppel's pulse is similar to our reaction to upbeat or downbeat music.

doppel's award-winning technology has been tested with hundreds of people. It's been used to help them stay focused in professional settings, keep up the pace while running and training and to wind down for sleep. It's also been independently shown to increase focus and alertness.

Their Kickstarter campaign has ended, but you can still pre-order a doppel for £99.00 ($108.03). Visit their website here.

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3 of 8 LumiLIFE

LumiLIFE

LumiLIFE is the world's first wireless-powered robotic fish and smart tank. Wireless power means the fish is powered externally through a charging base through inductive transmission. The fish lives in a decorative aquarium designed to brighten the look and feel of any atmosphere. You can change the colors of the fish and tank, interact with your pet fish and receive notifications from the accompanying mobile app.

The device was designed to enhance your mood and brighten your space. The aesthetically pleasing device comes with soothing lighting effects as well. Perfect to fight the fluorescent glare of the office.

You can pre-order your LumiLIFE today, with prices starting at $129 for the earliest backers. View their Indiegogo page here.

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pplkpr

Ever get the impression people are avoiding you? Here's one explanation: pplkpr (pronounced: People Keeper) is an app that tracks, analyzes, and auto-manages your relationships. Using a smartwatch, pplkpr monitors your physical and emotional response to the people around you and optimizes your social life accordingly.

For instance, pplkpr notices when you're hanging out with someone or feeling emotional and prompts you to report. You fill out the details and pplkpr aggregates and analyzes your data looking for trends. Then pplkpr gives you a breakdown of who's affecting you most and acts for you--inviting people to hang out, sending messages, or blocking or unfriending negative friends. Hey ... where'd everyone go?

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5 of 8 Melon

Melon

Here's a tagline that invites further investigation: "Turn the invisible activity of your mind visible!"

Melon's brainwave monitoring (EEG) headband listens to the electrical activity given off by your brain. Using Bluetooth 4.0LE, Melon wirelessly connects to your phone to help you track and train the mental state of focus. The idea is that you play a customized brain training routine once a day to train the core cognitive abilities of focus and working memory. Each routine takes about six minutes and consists of three brain games and a reflective exercise. Melon is currently sold out, but stay tuned for a new shipment.

Anyone else think of the Coneheads sex scene when they look at this thing? Just me?

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Happier

Mindfulness is making its way into western culture, and that's a good thing. Now there's an app for that.

Happier is an app that helps you stay more present and positive throughout the day. It's kind of like a personal mindfulness coach that you can fit in your pocket (note: do not attempt to put a mindfulness coach in your pocket). You can use the app to do things like keep a mindfulness journal, learn something new throughout the day, and track your mood. The app will also help you take a quick meditation pause or capture and savor the small happy moments in life.

Happier can be downloaded on any iPhone, iPad or Apple watch. You can download the app for free through the iTunes app store.

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Lucis

Lucis is a portable, wireless mood-boosting LED light currently on Indiegogo. Mood LED's are nothing new, but this one does have an aesthetic that sets it apart. The light almost looks textured. You can set the mood using the various lighting options for up to 80 hours of use before charging. The light uses touch sensors instead of buttons, making it perfect for the minimalist.

You can use Lucis both indoors and outdoors. The high-quality LED lamp contains all the colors of the rainbow--16 million to be exact--so there's a good chance your favorite is in there. Lucis can be pre-ordered now starting at $49 for the earliest backers.

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8 of 8 Thync

Thync

Thync is a mood-enhancing wearable that manages your energy, stress, and sleep, improving your overall mood. The device uses low-energy waveforms to safely and comfortably signal nerves on your head and face. These nerves are supposed to signal specific areas of the brain that cause your body to relax or energize.

The small, lightweight device is designed to be worn on your head for sessions of up to 15-20 minutes and is controlled by an app on your smartphone, enabling you to shift your state of mind on demand.

The product is currently on limited release for $299.

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