What is Bioweb Technology?
The Logisens Bioweb Technology (LBT) is a revolutionary new tool for the seamless collection of biodata on the computer desktop, as well as its transmission and storage over the Internet. LBT turns any computer with a USB port into a web-enabled biofeedback device and training vehicle, all while a user employs the computer in his or her usual fashion.
What is the SensDevice?
The starting point of the Logisens Bioweb Technology is the SensDevice, a computer mouse outfitted with a customized biodata sensor and embedded with a patented Logisens biodata-processing circuitry. The sensor is designed to fit the contour of a user’s thumb in an unobtrusive and comfortable fashion while he or she is using the computer in the normal way. No strap-ins are necessary. Most users find that the use of the mouse and sensor quickly becomes very natural.
What does the sensor measure?
The sensors on the SensDevice measure skin conductance and skin temperature several times per second to provide a live reading. A special patented array of sub-sensors around the main sensors allows the embedded circuitry to correct the measurements for partial coverage while the user moves his or her thumb during normal usage.
What happens to the sensor measurements?
The biodata measurements are streamed through the USB interface of the computer where they are processed by the Logisens Sensengine, a piece of software that runs on a user’s computer to handle and direct the flow of biodata. The Sensengine acts as the user’s hub on the Bioweb platform. Among other things, it provides a real-time biofeedback display of the user’s biodata values on the desktop, as well as an indicator of whether the value is rising or falling.
On what operating systems does the software run?
The software is written in Java and can run on Windows XP, Vista, Mac OS, and Linux.
How are the biodata measurements used by the desktop software?
Besides providing a live biofeedback display, the desktop software can be configured to use the real-time biodata stream to trigger the presentation of content exercises to the user during his or her workflow. The exercises are generally designed to achieve on-the-spot stress-reduction, relaxation, and other wellness-related goals. The launch of exercises on the desktop can be configured to occur at periodic work intervals, as well as at instants when the user’s biodata levels cross above certain threshold levels that are dynamically calculated based on a user’s personal measurement history.
What types of biodata-triggered content exercises are presented to the user?
The exercises typically take the form of Flash movies and other interactive media. They cover a wide variety of topics, including animations of stretching and video-based visualizations designed to instantaneously lower stress at the keyboard. The content also includes entertaining short-duration games in which a user’s skill at play is affected by his or her stress level. Users may also be presented with brief self-assessments designed to allow the user to record his or her progress in achieving wellness-related goals, as well as to stimulate awareness of wellness-related concepts. Such exercises, games, and assessments are presented to the user in a customizable training sequence over the course of many weeks in a manner designed to create permanent change and awareness in the user.
How can a user interact with the data stream?
Using the note-taking feature of the desktop software, the user can choose to record personal observations at any moment during the work day. Such notes are correlated with the data stream and can be privately viewed at a later time in the context of the work day. This powerful feature allows the user to build a personal awareness of the types of work-related events and states of mind that affect his or her stress level in a manifestly measurable way.
How are measurements sent over the web?
With user permission, at periodic intervals the desktop software sends packets of the user’s biodata over the Internet to the Logisens Central Server (LCS) where it is stored securely in the Logisens database. A web portal interface allows the user to view his or her biodata history, as well as to view statistical baselines, exercise completion histories, and personal notes. Users can see graphs of their data over the course of a work day, including markers for events and notes. The user can also review the complete history of personal assessments taken over time in a way that allows for concrete “verification of change” to the user.
How is the platform customizable?
The flexibility of the Bioweb platform allows for delivery of a limitless variety of biodata-triggered content exercises, personal assessments and biodata-driven games. The content can be installed with the software or downloaded directly over the web. New content is being continually created by Logisens and its affiliated wellness coaching network. The sequence of content exercises and assessments can be tailored to specific users or groups of users, such as those within a corporate office or other organizational setting. The personal coaching interface available in 2008 will allow coach-level users to accept user-clients whose trainings they may administer and customize with the permission of the user. The user may also give the coach permission to view his or her biodata and assessment history securely over the web.
How is privacy handled in the storage of user biodata?
The database on the Logisens Central Server provides a repository for a user’s biodata history as long as the user permits it. The data is accessible only by the user, and by others to whom the user has given permission to view the data history.
How can I try out the Logisens Bioweb Technology for myself?
The Bioweb Technology is available from Logisens in the form of the Optimal Office product. All versions of Optimal Office include the SensDevice, the desktop software and necessary drivers, as well as a personal user account to store and view data via the Logisens web portal. It also includes a complete and comprehensive package of wellness-related exercises for stress reduction designed by professional coaches. It also includes a suite of professional wellness-related assessments and several entertaining biodata-driven games.
What are the benefits of the desktop training offered by the Bioweb Technology?
The initial training is designed specifically users who work on a computer as part of his or her work. It is intended to make stress management a seamless and natural habit in the course of the user’s workday. Through stretching, breathing, visualization, and other methods, the user is trained over time towards a healthy and invigorating awareness of wellness-related issues that have a high potential impact on a user’s life in a noticeable fashion. The starter training typically takes most users three months or more to complete, and has been proven to be a highly effective tool to create permanent change in habits and awareness.
How can the Logisens Bioweb Technology help my company?
The Corporate Version of Optimal Office is designed specifically for groups of workers within medium and large organizations. Talk to one of our sales people about how Optimal Office can be an inexpensive shortcut to lowering your employee health care costs. Money flies out the door when good people leave your company. Hard data suggests that using Optimal Office in company settings can measurably cut down on many forms of absenteeism, “presenteeism,” and most of all—turnover. Optimal Office can boost your bottom line.