What did last night's episode of The Office have in common with the Super Bowl, other than the latter preceding the former? Did anybody notice the little gadget that beeped when Michael Scott stepped close to Stanley?
After suffering a heart attack, Stanley decided to wear a "biofeedback machine" that provided an audible alert when his stress level was rising. When our favorite boss had his employees lying on a floor and envisioning "walking through a meadow," Stanley's stress would spike whenever his superior was near.
That same monitor used for comedic relief has long been used by elite athletes to calm their nerves. The GSR2 (galvanic skin response monitor) from Thought Technology has been around for more than 20 years. The sensor translates the "tension-related changes in skin pores into a rising or falling tone." The sports application requires athletes to visualize their event (or watch video of their performance) while training their bodies to remain relaxed.
Reaching an ideal calm with the technology might be possible in the sporting world. Coming to peace with an annoying boss would be the true test of its merits.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.