It’s taken three years, but HeartMath has finally responded, in the form of a major redesign, to the concerns we (and probably other critics) voiced over their original emWave stress-management gadget.
Where the emWave required plugging in to a USB port and cost $300, their new Inner Balance system works with pretty much any 30-pin iDevice and sells for just $99.
Ready to head-butt your Mac from the onslaught of everyday annoyances?
Use it for something better: emWave is a handy stress reducer just released in a Mac version that charts your heart rate and trains you to relax.
It’s the brainchild of Doc Childre, who founded a company called HeartMath in 1991 to create medi-gadgets for people seeking relief from stress and looking for greater mental clarity.
What is it? Billed as a “Stress Relief System,” it promises big but comes in a small package. You get an ear sensor for your heart rate that plugs into a USB key and a software program that monitors your heart rhythms and breathing, plus a CD training guide. Initially unimpressed, after taking emWave through its paces for 10 days, I’m convinced nirvana may be something other than a band.