The Scoop: When anxiety or stress threaten to overwhelm, doppel can be there to instill a calming effect on the human body. The wearable device mimics the rhythm of the human heartbeat and has been shown to reduce anxiety on a physiological and psychological level. Whether you’re single and facing pre-date nerves or are a couple facing wedding jitters, doppel uses natural conditioning to create a calming influence upon command.
Perhaps a lucky few have a smooth and untroubled journey from singledom to holy matrimony. But, for the rest of us, dating is a roller coaster of hopes and disappointments.
Single people in the dating world can face rejection, insecurity, and uncertainty, and all that often takes an emotional toll. It’s natural to feel anxious about going on a first date or committing to someone new, but that anxiety doesn’t have to rule your life.
A new invention called doppel uses physiological science to help singles feel calmer and more focused from day to day.
“Our ethos is all about creating emotional second skin,” the doppel team told us. “Intuitive, adaptable, soothing wearable technology to enhance and balance our experience and life.”
The haptic wearables send a silent vibration to the wrist to naturally intervene in the feedback loop between the body and the brain. The heartbeat-like pulse can produce a soothing effect on the body within moments.
The idea for doppel sprang from cutting-edge science. Tech entrepreneurs saw studies in psychology and neuroscience showing how humans respond intuitively to different rhythms, and they applied those insights to create a new calming piece of technology.
It took 18 months of design and testing for the first doppel to prove its value. The creators launched a Kickstarter for 100,000 pounds (equal to about $137,000) to finance further growth and production. By the end of 2015, the large-scale manufacturing process had begun, and doppel was on its way to changing people’s lives.
“Emotions are fundamental to our experience, our decision-making, and our behavior,” the doppel team said. “We want to continue positively impacting people’s lives with technology, so we are always working on ways to create new tech and evolve doppel to make it the best product for those who need it most.”
Using the Natural Rhythms of Your Heart to Create Balance
Singles can benefit from wearing the doppel wristband and using the app to regulate their emotions from day to day. The doppel app records the user’s resting heart rate and calibrates personalized rhythms that the doppel wristband sends directly to the wearer’s skin. These pulses are based on a person’s physiology and can influence the brain automatically. The slower rhythms are calming, and the faster rhythms are stimulating.
“Think of it like tricking your brain into thinking your heart rate is lower than it actually is — this helps a person to calm down,” the team explained. “Specifically, doppel uses a heartbeat pulse, the most natural rhythm that exists, the one we all experience first as embryos, and it does this silently and subtly.”
The doppel team has studied the feedback loop between the body and mind in search of natural ways to interrupt negative cycles. The physical stimulus of the vibration can have a positive ripple effect on mental processes and moods.
All doppel customers have 60 days in which they can return the wristband for a refund, so they can try the technology and see if it works for them.
Four scientific thinkers created doppel while studying together on the Innovation Design Engineering MA/MSc at both Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art. The neurodiverse team grew by following the science and turning theories into new high-tech possibilities.
“We have an extraordinary array of talents, enhanced by our oddities,” a doppel spokesperson said. “But most importantly we all share an unquenchable curiosity into what makes humans, human!”
Dr. Fotini Markopoulou, who is the doppel CEO, has a background in quantum physics and a passion for solving everyday problems with technology. The team includes many imaginative and knowledgeable individuals. CPO Jack Hooper leads the hands-on work of product development, and Creative Designer Nell Bennett perfects the doppel design. Nell is responsible for the clear top motor, which combines modern tech with a classic analog look.
By working in collaboration, the doppel team has managed to create a non-intrusive way to influence the body’s emotional responses for the better.
“Everyone has wanted to change how they feel at some point in their lives,” the team said. “Our users like that doppel is a non-pharmacological option — it’s an effect that you can turn on and off — so you’re always in control.”
A Science-Driven Way to Reduce Anxiety & Increase Focus
Over the years, doppel has had a positive impact on a wide range of people. Anyone facing emotional challenges can benefit from this technology. It can effectively ease anxiety before a work presentation or during a social event, and it can allow singles to overcome obstacles and strengthen their personal relationships.
The more doppel users (aka doppelgängers) send encouraging feedback, the more motivated the team is to spread the word and get doppel devices onto more wrists.
“What we love about doppel is how much it has helped people in more ways in which we never imagined,” the doppel team told us. “It really is something special to hear that people now feel more social and able to connect with their loved ones with the help of doppel.”
Jim said in a doppel testimonial that he had been experiencing anxiety attacks on a daily basis — until he started wearing doppel. After wearing the device for three weeks, Jim said he saw a positive change in his mood and only experienced one mild bout of anxiety during that period.
“My productivity at work has really taken off, and I have had more interactions with family and friends,” Jim reported. “This is because the anxiety makes me withdraw and avoid contact to avoid the triggers of an attack. I will help spread the word with the people around me that I know will benefit. This device has been life-changing for me.”
A doppel user named Ross said the device helped him manage his ADHD without taking medication. “With doppel, I feel less anxious and more focused,” he said. “It’s like a constant reminder that you’re in the present moment.”
The doppel technology is simple and straightforward. It provides people with the tools they need to take control of their emotions — rather than letting their emotions control them. The doppel technology has shown to be particularly useful for people who suffer from chronic anxiety or ADHD.
A user named Raeann said she found doppel helped her overcome her chronic fatigue syndrome and stay connected with her loved ones without draining her emotional energy.
“I use the energized setting to get me out and it’s enabled me to be more sociable,” Raeann said. “I know when I’m going on my downward spiral, so I know when to control it. So, if I’m at work and my energy levels are bad, I use doppel to really focus. It goes everywhere with me.”
doppel Can Inspire Peace of Mind Through Psychophysiology
Singles often cannot dictate what happens to them in the dating scene. They can’t control how quickly or how agonizingly slowly it takes for them to find love, but they can take better control of their emotions along the way thanks to doppel. This wearable tech can speak to their heart and calm their minds while they endure romantic highs and lows.
By using doppel, men and women can soothe themselves naturally and cultivate greater emotional resilience. The technology has proven useful in all types of personal and professional situations, and it could be a game-changer for singles who are going on a first date or healing from heartbreak.
As the team said, “doppel’s effect works best when you need it most. Whether you get really nervous, anxious, feel unfocused, or perhaps are lacking in energy, doppel can help change how you feel.”