In what has got to be the wackiest new sprout on the consumer electronics bush, solid-state electronics, processors and light-emitting diodes have conjoined to create a new generation of digital chill-out pods, unwindos or personal relaxers -- whatever you want to call them.
These portable gadgets track your breathing, heart rate and other bodily functions to tell you -- get this -- whether you are in or out of the mellow zone. The amazing part? In my testing at least, these gadgets actually work. And they offer an alternative to structured meditation, cognitive therapy and in a pinch, even exercise. I'm calling the trend as I see it: The digital age has finally merged with getting in touch with your inner self.