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Spire review: Keep calm and carry on with this beautiful breath-tracking device

Caitlin McGarry | Aug. 23, 2016
An overhauled iOS app breathes new life into Spire, but it's still pretty pricey.

It’s also tough to tell if mindful breathing does anything to reduce your stress long-term. Taking control of your breath, which is just one indicator of stress, might not do anything at all to improve your overall mental well-being, though it might feel like it in the moment.

I do love Spire’s design (which picked up a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2014). Even the charging puck that comes with the device is Apple-esque. And I appreciate that it can survive a trip through the washing machine if you forget to take it off before throwing your clothes in the hamper. But Spire is $130 (down from $150 when it was released), which is a little expensive for a device with no display. That money could go toward a great fitness tracker. And if you already own an Apple Watch, the release of watchOS 3 this fall puts Apple’s Breathe app on your wrist. It won’t track your breathing the way Spire does, but it will remind you to take time to focus on your mental health, which is Spire’s end goal.

 

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