A smart wearable material was designed at the University of Lancaster, U.K., to help those with depression, anxietyThe wrist band vibrates, changes color or heats up in response to emotional changes. Source: University of LancasterThe wrist band vibrates, changes color or heats up in response to emotional changes. Source: University of Lancaster and other affective disorders identify issues and situations that affect their emotions. The sensing material is incorporated into a wrist band that measures the electrical conductivity of skin and vibrates, changes color or heats up in response to emotional changes.

Volunteers tested the devices for 8 to 16 hours and reported different instances when the wrist bands were activated by an emotional response. Users were alerted to a change in emotion in real time, and were able to identify issues and situations that affected their emotions.

Researcher Professor Corina Sas said, “We think there are a range of opportunities in both clinical and non-clinical settings for the devices, as most of us can benefit for being more aware and able to control or what we call regulate our emotional responses.

“The ability to be more in touch with one’s emotions and to regulate them is key for emotional well-being in general and mental health in particular.”

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