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One of the reason why this device is easy to use is the instant feedback.  The wave pattern gives the user realtime info on the activities of the "stimulating" and "pacifying" nerves. 

We could immediately see if something we were doing was causing more or less nerve stimulation. By signaling to us when to exhale, it helped us regulate our breathing and focus our mind on the proper feelings, enabling us to generates those nice regular sine waves (right photo). 

The finger sensor measures tiny changes in pulse rate, which is a reflection of the overall activity of the nervous system.  The StressEraser keeps a running tally of how many "points" were achieve during each session and the total for the day.

The goal stated in the manual is for the user to reach 30 points per session and 100 points per day in order to to feel the benefits from using the StressEraser. 

The "history" is tracked on the upper bar.  If something interrupts the regularity of the breathing, the results (red arrows) are pretty quickly reflected by the monitor.  By refocusing the attention on the breathing, one can quickly regain (blue arrows) the proper rhythm. 

The ability to relax is a learned skill.  Some were able to reach 50 points in a few minutes, others had a harder time.  Our office cat couldn't understand what all the fuss was about, but then again it is easy to live a stress free life if your main job is sleeping.

The StressEraser cannot MAKE you relax.  To paraphrase Morpheus, this device can only show you "door" to relaxation, it is you who must go "through" it.





By Wan Chi Lau

A person can go without food for several weeks, without water for several days, but cannot go without air for more than a few minutes.

The importance of proper breathing is not new.  Most martial arts stress the importance of proper breathing in order to generate power.  Other arts like Tai Chi, yoga, and meditation use controlled breathing as a means to calm the mind, focus the body, and release stress.

Most people know "how" to breathe, but interestingly many do not know "when" to breathe for optimal mind/body control.  Helicor has created a device called the StressEraser.  Its purpose is to show the user when it is the best time to breathe for optimal relaxation.

The device is pretty simple to use.  However, it also requires a little bit of commitment from the user in order for it to be effective.  

In the FirstLook review, we will take a look at the device and the technology behind it.  In the FirstUse review, we will see it in action.  


1. FirstLook

2. FirstUse


Review Summary:

Initial Impression- portable

Usability- instant feedback

Durability- TBD

Price- $300


Photography by Wan Chi Lau
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