Kate Unsworth, founder of VINAYA, creates wearable technology in her design studio-cum-research lab. Driven by the desire to increase human potential, Kate has been busy working in her Shoreditch hub space from the initial planning process to producing some of the most exciting wearable modern tech evolutions.

Her first ‘solution’ was Altruis, a smart collection of designer tech-forward jewellery that allows the wearer to prioritise their day-to-day tasks by filtering smartphone notifications. Her latest venture, titled Zenta, explores the way wearable technology can be combined with monitoring stress and emotion levels.

In order to understand her new product we must first we start with an English lesson. The Vinaya Pitaka, the first division of the Tipitaka, is the textual framework upon which the monastic community (Sangha) is built. It includes not only the rules governing the life of every Theravada bhikkhu (monk) and bhikkhuni (nun), but also a host of procedures and conventions of etiquette that support harmonious relations, both among the monastics themselves, and between the monastics and their lay supporters, upon whom they depend for all their material needs.

So far, so spiritual. We spoke to Kate to find out just how Zenta works.

What was the inspiration behind your latest collection?

“VINAYA left it to the consumers to decide whether a wearable should be brought to life and, following the astoundingly successful launch of the new, ‘Zenta’, the response was an overwhelming ‘yes.’ 2017 will be a year when wearable tech reaches new elevations: It now has the ability to beyond tracking fitness to tracking wellbeing holistically.”

How is VINAYA evolving?

"The ‘Zenta’ wearable is the first of its kind to collect and sync physical, emotional and digital data to provide a comprehensive overview of users’ wellbeing. It uses biometric sensing technology to track wellbeing physically and mentally and connects with users’ phones to filter notifications and alerts. Data can be used to monitor and maintain wellbeing and to create new projects, including biometric art."

Give us the sell…

"I believe in a future where technology helps us better understand our own psychology. We refer to it as 'Artificial Emotional Intelligence' (AEI). If we can cure depression, stress and anxiety, I'll die happy. Big task, I know! I believe the answer lies in combining western medicine with eastern philosophy. Mindfulness and meditation is more important in today's crazy urban jungle than ever before."

Do you ever struggle to stay inspired?

"I think the opposite might be true. I’m often told by my team to ‘reign it in’ as I get carried away while brainstorming, and am inclined to having existential crises that offset new waves of inspiration."

Find out more about how you can take control and achieve digital balance at vinaya.com