This tiny piece of technology can help you to hack what is, perhaps, the most complex computer system around… your mind! Sync your breathing to the slow pulsation of the flashing LED BreatheDot 2, and practice some meditation of the tech persuasion.
If you find yourself getting stressed, or just need a break, many people find comfort and respite in deep breathing exercises. This method has been used in all sorts of situations, ranging from people doing yoga to navy seals – and is said to improve your focus and well-being in a very short period of time. Having one small device dedicated to this function means that you can take it out of your pocket and relax, any time. This coin-sized circuit fits neatly into a coat pocket and is activated using only one button.
The benefit of using a pulsating light guide instead of completing breathing exercises independently, is that you can focus more completely on the task instead of counting your breaths – avoiding that feeling of ‘doing it wrong’. A single CR2032 battery powers the simple circuit behind this device, and will last for years of operation.
West Side Electronics are an independent maker and technology designer based out of Evanston, USA. The owner, Ben Lim, has an extensive catalogue of projects and technical experiments, and has been selling the previous version of the BreatheDot on Tindie since 2017.