While playing around with consumer electronics and finding moments of zen might seem like mutually exclusive pursuits, the right technology can actually have a calming effect on your mood.
As such, we’ve seen a new generation of devices designed for relaxation, meditation and mindfulness, for those times of the day that you can dedicate to yourself and your mental well-being.
From interactive sandscapes and Wi-Fi-enabled essential oil diffusers to wearable pendants and peaceful virtual reality (VR) experiences, there’s something for everyone and every budget.
In this space, we’ve looked at apps to help you hit the reset button on a hectic day, but this time around, it’s a look at the latest gear.
Here is an overview of half a dozen soothing suggestions.
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Available in 16 or 21 inches, the Homedics Drift may look like a tabletop Zen garden at first glance, but instead of a rake, these circular bowls house a magnetic ball that automatically creates a variety of fascinating patterns in the sand.
After joining your Wi-Fi, an app lets you choose from multiple colored light patterns and options, and you can also adjust speed, brightness, and more. But all of this control is optional, if you’d rather just lose yourself in a meditative state watching the silver ball carve out a beautiful design before your eyes.
The Drift app can be downloaded for iPhone and iPad, with an Android version available anytime, the company says.
Available in black or cream, the drift tables are $399 for the 16-inch model or $499 for the 21-inch version.
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A is for aromatherapy
Promoting calm and self-reflection, the $40 Sierra Modern Home Smart WiFi Wireless Essential Oil Diffuser and Humidifier features a 400 millimeter (about 1⅔ cup) water reservoir that allows up to 12 hours of continuous mist, mixing spray water with oil droplets. , to fill your room with relaxing sights and smells.
If you want, connect it to your Wi-Fi and use your voice through a nearby smart speaker (Alexa or Google Assistant) to control it hands-free or download the companion app to change settings like LED color, mist intensity, and timer settings and schedules. .
Sold separately, get a collection of essential oils in aromatic scents, like sweet citrus, rose, lavender, mint, and tea tree.
The Muse 2 ($249) is a lightweight, brain-sensing, sensor-integrated headband that provides real-time feedback on brain activity, heart rate, breathing, and body movement — and communicates it all without wire to a nearby smartphone or tablet (iOS or Android).
When you use the Muse app and select the type of meditation session you want and you will be guided through various sessions that will train you to find calm in your otherwise hectic life.
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This price includes access to an annual Muse Premium subscription for $9.99 (normally $94.99/year), which provides access to over 500 guided stress, sleep, and focus meditations; the ability to link muse to any podcast, meditation, or music app; and receive post-session reports to see how your brain and body reacted.
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The Bellabeat Leaf Urban Health Tracker (from $89.99) can be worn as a necklace, bracelet, or clip, but it also tracks activity, sleep, stress, and meditation.
Unlike Fitbits and smartwatches, there are no screens, no buttons, and no need to plug in to charge (because it runs on a replaceable CR2032 coin cell battery that lasts up to 6 months, included).
Simply sync it with the free Bellabeat app for iPhone or Android device to read your personal fitness and sleep data and access personalized coaching programs.
This water-resistant Bellabeat device is made from hypoallergenic stainless steel and wood composite material (looks like stone).
Plug in, space out
When you fire up your favorite mindfulness and meditation app — like Calm, Headspace, BetterSleep, Sleep Cycle, Ten Percent Happier, or Simple Habit — it’s best to slip on a pair of comfortable, wireless, noise-canceling headphones to drift away .
Sony’s WH-CH710N ($179) are premium in-ear headphones, with 30mm (1.2″) drivers for well-balanced treble, midrange and bass.
Listen wirelessly and block out ambient noise around you – so there’s nothing between you and your relaxation apps, music, podcasts or audiobooks. A built-in Li-ion battery provides up to 35 hours of playtime, while a quick-charge feature delivers 60 minutes of playtime from just 10 minutes of charging.
Press a button on these headphones to activate your smartphone’s voice assistant, so you can ask to play a specific song, get directions, access calendar appointments and more.
VR mediation too
Finally, virtual reality headsets can also help you find your happiness.
Available for the popular Oculus Quest 2 headset and other VR gear, the Guided Meditation VR app ($14.99) offers over 40 peaceful environments to escape the daily routine, with over 30 hours of guided meditations for you help from A to Z. objectives (Anxiety to Zen).
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In addition to guided meditative sessions, enjoy over 200 audio tracks designed to enhance your experience, and you have the flexibility to tailor it to your specific tastes, like music with no voice, no music at all, preset timers, touch support and more.
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