Have you ever gotten depressed after serving jury duty? Psychologists at the University of Leicester in the UK claim that doing so can result in trauma for those who serve. They pinpointed witnessing harrowing and/or gruesome evidence related to crimes against people could result in anxiety, clinical levels of stress or even symptoms of PTSD. Dr. Noelle Robertson and colleagues say that women are most vulnerable and that a lot of it occurs because jurors are not allowed to talk about the case. The study was conducted on a small scale and the report suggests more support for jurors and making sure that they did not have similar past experiences.
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Hey, we’re all about gadgets that help relieve stress. With the USB Punch Head, your stress-relief actually becomes an interactive experience, thanks to the included software. Land a solid blow to the fake head, and you’ll actually hear sounds of pain emanate from your computer. Plus, the harder the punch, the louder the agonizing sound. You can even choose a photo to be shown onscreen, and special effects that reflect your actions. Not exactly Fight Club, but if it prevents your aggression from landing you in jail, we’re all about it. Visit the website to watch a rather interesting demo. Available soon.
We knew it would come someday when we read all those early sci-fi books. Designer Keith Dixon of the British company Hoverit has developed a piece of furniture that defies gravity and promises to “float away your stress.” Working on magnets, the clear acrylic Lounger is said to help your sore muscles and headaches as well as let you literally feel like you are hanging out in the air. The chair can be moved around on its caster wheels so that you can leave the earth portably. It is being offered in a Limited Edition beginning March 14 for £5,875 (~$11,508.00.)
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We have written about USB aromatherapy before, but Brando has outdone themselves with this dispenser that also has an AM/FM tuner, speakers and an in-line for an MP3 player. The gadget should do something for your mood visually as it changes between 7 different shades. At a size of 88 x 88 x 116 mm and a weight of 124 g, the device comes with a USB cord and needs batteries to keep the music, odors, and colors going. Find it for $30.00.
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With a name like “Super Head Relax,” we’re sooooo tempted to make a Karrine Steffans joke, but we’ll let you handle the double entendres. Anyway, Super Head Relax is a helmet-like massager that feels like “tiny fingers” are kneading your noggin, alleviating the stress and headaches of the day. Love it! Comes with a rechargeable battery and AC Adapter. While the ebsite advocates wearing it at work or in the car, we think that’s a tad much, unless you’re really into resembling Optimus Prime. Available for the rather pricey $248 USD.
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Feel like Carpal Tunnel System is catching up with you more every day? Try the Far Infrared Thermal Patch for stress, achy muscles, or cramping. Hook it up to your PC by USB and its compact design issues 1.2 W of power at a temperature of 40 to 45º. Weighing only 30 g, we are thinking this might be nice for other body parts as well: our backs, our feet, our necks. This is quite a comfortable deal for only $22.00.
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This is not your average MP3 player. The MC Square not only plays music, it supposedly ups your concentration level and reduces stress with constant rhythmic light and sound while measuring your biorhythm. It does this with the included goggles and earbuds that you don just when you are about to lose your cool or can’t get to sleep. The player has a 512MB internal flash memory with a miniSD card, a JPG and text file viewer, Voice/TV/radio recording capability up to 30 hours, and can store up to 120 tunes. It is not your average price, either. The MC Square will set you back $399.99.
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