Connected Future Labs has Kickstarted a new wearable that is designed to give users more control over their biometric data. In that regard, Connected Future Labs contrasted the new EmotiBit with consumer products like the Apple Watch and the Galaxy Watch that only give users a summary of their data after it has been analyzed.
The EmotiBit is fully open source, and is able to gather more than 16 different biometrics. That includes common physical indicators like heart rate, temperature, and respiration, in addition to more abstract emotional markers. The complete sensor array includes a PPG, a thermistor, a gyroscope and accelerometers to read the user’s movements.
The data itself can be stored directly on-device thanks to its built-in SD card, or streamed to a separate computer for subsequent analysis. The thing that distinguishes the EmotiBit from other devices is that the EmotiBit will not alter or manipulate any of that information, and will instead display all of the collected data in its raw form. The owner can then use that data however they see fit, whether they want to gain a better understanding of their own health or use the emotional feedback in research projects or as part of an interactive art exhibit.
“Open source and access to raw data allow you to ask your own questions about your biometric data,” said EmotiBit founder Sean Montgomery. “Because consumer-grade devices often only give the user access to highly digested summary statistics derived from massaging and manipulating the data, as a user, it can be difficult to get a full portrait of your own data.”
The EmotiBit is currently skinless, though it has already passed its Kickstarter goal and will eventually retail for $199. As an open source product, the EmotiBit can be customized to work with a number of different systems and connected devices.
Source: Tech Acute
May 14, 2021 – by Eric Weiss