The purpose and key differentiator of the Olive is that it monitors stress. It does so via several biological indicators:
- Heart rate and heart rate variability to better understand our body's stress response through changes in the cardiovascular system.
- Skin conductance which indicates our body's level of excitement. When we have emotional reactions, Olive can detect this in our skin.
- Ambient light because exposure to light affects our sleep and body's natural rhythms, which in turn change the way we respond to stress.
- Motion to analyze overall muscle tension. When we are stressed and our body enters a fight-or-flight state, our muscles tense up.
- Skin temperature which can change when stress affects blood flow to our extremities.
Olive is best used with a smartphone but can be used in stand-alone mode. Olive will still detect the physiological signs of stress and help guide you to utilize and control your breath over time. Mindful breathing is a fundamental tool for conquering stress.