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October 12, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Stress Alerts app turns a smartwatch into a personal stress assistant

App is based on technology developed at the University of Memphis.

Feeling tense or nervous? As it turns out, there is an app for that, one which can detect common stressors that often generate those feelings, and it was created with technology developed at the University of Memphis.

CuesHub, a start-up that develops artificial intelligence (AI) technology for wearable devices, recently launched the Stress Alerts app that turns a smartwatch into a personal stress assistant to provide real-time relief in stressful moments for the user. The app also delivers daily tips based on stress management research and positive psychology to help a person build stress resilience. To preserve users’ privacy, the app does not ask for or store any personal information.

Currently available for Samsung Galaxy and Fossil smartwatches, the CuesHub Stress Alerts app uses licensed technology developed by the mHealth Center for Discovery, Optimization & Translation of Temporally-Precise Interventions (mDOT) at the U of M.

The app detects stressful events using AI developed from 16 years of multidisciplinary research. In a 100-day study called MOODS (Mobile Open Observation of Daily Stressors), 122 participants tested out the licensed technology, letting it track their stress and stressors. The study participants reported increased stress awareness, discovered dominant stressors in their lives, and found new ways to mitigate stress, all resulting in declining stress as the study progressed.

CuesHub was founded as a Public Benefit Corporation in 2022 by Santosh Kumar, Director of mDOT, and Tim Hnat, former Chief Software Architect of mDOT.

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