SAMSUNG CLAIMS that its Galaxy S5 smartphone is now capable of measuring users' stress levels, thanks to an update to its S Health app.
Samsung has yet to offer any details about the new feature, although it has said that the feature takes advantage of the Galaxy S5's built-in heart rate sensor, so it won't measure your stress levels by how hard you mash your finger against the screen or how many times you hit the phone against a wall.
Instead, Samsung claims to be able to tell you how stressed you are by measuring your heart rate, charting levels on a scale from "low" to "high".
Instead of offering you advice or a cup of tea, the new S Health feature is capable of creating a chart that documents your stress levels on an hourly, daily or monthly basis, so we're not entirely convinced of its usefulness. What's more, while Samsung has warned that its S Health app is not designed for "clinical or medical use", although if you're showing extreme stress levels it could be worth going to see a doctor.
However, it's probably worth noting that during our time with the Galaxy S5 we found that the heart rate monitor isn't always accurate or easy to use, so you might find your stress levels increasing simply by attempting to use the feature.
It's unclear if this functionality will also be coming to Samsung's wearable devices, but we have put the question to it. µ