A watch that doesn’t tell you the Time


Is anyone else sick of Apple watches? Quite honestly, I’ve never felt they were anything to write home about. I mean, technically I’m writing about them here, but I ain’t going home with one.

Watches have one purpose: to tell the time. Call me old fashioned, but I don’t need a gadget strapped to my wrist to tell me where I should eat for dinner, and what astrological sign my friend who just texted me is. I’m exaggerating for emphasis, don’t worry. But, I only need a watch to tell time. Plain and simple.

I may eat my words here a little bit, because there’s one watch-like product that intrigues me enough to actually try it. The company is called Doppel, and they produce “watches” that can help with mood. Now, before you call this some voodoo bullshit magic, check out the website that tells you all about the psychology and science behind the wizz-bang devices.

I’m serious, they actually whizz. Check it out below:

The mechanism inside the watch device is supposed to mimic heartbeats. Placed directly against the inside of the wrist, it sends almost unnoticed vibrations to your body. Considered one of the most instrumental rhythms to humans, the heartbeat can influence mood by simply slowing down or speeding up. When the (completely silent) mechanism slows its beat, the wearer is said to experience a more calming sensation. When sped up – again, completely silent – the beat is said to induce a music-like excitement within the body.

Doppel applies research in psychology and neuroscience which shows how humans respond intuitively and naturally to different rhythms. Research shows that slower tempos result in calm and positive emotional states while we associate fast rhythms with emotional states such as joy, excitement and surprise.

This is extremely fascinating to me. Amongst the largest opioid epidemic plaguing the United States, you see initiatives like this to create something completely natural, bio-memetic, and successful.

The company was showcased in the Nature Scientific Reports in 2017. In the article, they delved into a scientific report (duh, Sydney) that concluded participants (in a private study including over 50 adults) wearing the device were found to experience less stress and be more productive in nervousness-inducing situations than those who didn’t wear the watch. Pretty amazing, scientifically backed, stuff.

Now, I’m not saying this watch can replace opioids. But, I have heard horror stories from friends about their battles. A doctor shouldn’t be signing off on a prescription after one visit with someone who is struggling with mental health issues. A doctor shouldn’t be shelling out pills to hopefully patch up someone who quite honestly has no control over anything at that time. There should be efforts to create things, like Doppel has, to at least attempt to deter the use of medical drugs. I’m not an expert on these situations, products, medications, etc. but I can tell you, I’m really happy there are people out there trying to change the norm – one heartbeat at a time.