Personal experience is a powerful motivator when endeavoring to achieve
lifestyle change. In this respect, we are pleased to introduce our biofeedback product, the StressChecker.
The fact that nearly 85 percent of visits to doctors (and nearly as many to
psychologists) are for stress-related problems (according to research by
Kansas State University) only serves to underline the importance of being
aware of stress levels.
The StressChecker clearly visualizes the combined results of regular – or
perhaps not regular enough – exercise, a healthy diet, good sleeping habits,
sufficient relaxation, decisiveness and living meaningfully. The device also
illustrates to users the effectiveness of any changes they make to their way
of thinking and living.
In addition to already being used by many consumers in Europe, the
StressChecker is also popular among physiotherapists, psychologists, sports
trainers, personal coaches, dieticians and companies offering employee
1. The product
2. Alignment with consumer needs
3. Targeted demographic
4. How it works
6. Product specifications
7. Contact information
The StressChecker is a wellness (biofeedback) product for self-analysis. It helps the user to identify, reduce
and prevent physical and psychological stress. It can be used at home (family), for sports (training), at work
(burn-out prevention) and/or at school (better educational results).
The StressChecker comprises a PC software program on DVD, a heart monitor (clip with infrared sensor,
a signal box and a retractable USB cable) and a brochure containing users’ experiences as well as facts
about stress and relaxation. The DVD contains five language options: English, French, German, Spanish
Product solution in alignment with consumer needs
The consumer wants to have an easy-to-use tool that gives him objective information about his stress
level and his recovery capacity.
The consumer wants to receive a timely warning if his lifestyle is moving in a less-healthy direction.
The consumer wants to have a tool that guides him towards leading a less-stressful life.
The consumer wants to be able to share the readings, his findings and his progress with other people in
The consumer wants to follow a sports or fitness training program without running the risk of
The consumer wants some or all of the above for his family members, friends and/or colleagues too.
Targeted demographic for the product line
We have developed the StressChecker primarily for people who may already suspect that they are failing to
take sufficient account of their physical and mental limitations, but who need to see objective proof to prompt them into changing their way of living.
Since stress-related problems are affecting so many peoples’
lives (see ‘Social and economic facts’ below), whether at work or at home, there are no specific demographic criteria.
Users can be male or female, young or old, career-focused, family-minded or sportsoriented
– the potential reach is very broad, and this is reinforced by the fact that the product is so userfriendly.
The StressChecker has also been designed to be suitable for use in treatment and coaching programs by
physiotherapists, psychotherapists, personal and stress-management coaches, and sports and fitness
The choice of our product concept is based on the following social and economic facts:
• More and more people are faced with stress and anxiety.
• The increasing number of people who have to cope with physical and psychological problems
represents both a major social and economic issue.
• Nearly 85 percent of visits to doctors (and nearly as many to psychologists) are for stress-related
ailments (according to research by Kansas State University).
• According to research by The Nielsen Company on home internet access, more than 80% of US citizens now have a computer in their homes, and of those almost 92% have internet access.
How it works
The heart monitor measures and transmits data about the pulse to the computer program.
The software then calculates the pulse and the time intervals between the heartbeats, which – when at rest – are mainly influenced by the user’s breathing.
These intervals are scientifically known as heart rate variability or the abbreviation ‘HRV’.
Combining the pulse with the HRV reading provides a good indication of whether, and to what extent, the user is tense and how well he/she is currently able to cope with stress.