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Spire review: Every breath you take, Spire will be watching you

Kirk McElhearn | July 28, 2015
The wearables market is essentially made up of fitness trackers: devices that count your steps, assay your activity, or let you know when you're not moving enough. All of these devices track movement, but they don't track one part of your activity that can greatly affect your health: your breathing.

I think Spire is a great idea, and one that has been missing from wearables until now. I'd like to see it offer more actionable data, however. For example, it could link to events in my calendar to tell me that I'm tense every time I have a meeting with a specific person. Or it could use the GPS on my iPhone to show me where I was when I was tense, or when I was relaxed. I think it would be great if it included a sort of biofeedback feature to help you calm down, based on your breathing, such as the $4 Breathing Zone app offers. Spire's team told me that they're planning to integrate lots of new features to the device in the future.

Bottom line

Spire is a unique tool for monitoring one part of your health that other wearables ignore. By monitoring your breathing, Spire can help you better manage your stress levels.

 

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