The personal audio market may be flooded, but details of a new headphone design may be worth listening to.
A trio of San Francisco-based engineers have unveiled a product prototype which claims to analyse brain activity for maximum productivity.
The concept, called Mindset, uses neurofeedback technology to measure electroencephalography (EEG) signals, helping users to get ‘in the zone’ and out-smart their bad working habits.
Fitted with five EEG sensors across the headband, the device employs the same technology used for over 50 years in hospitals for brain imaging and diagnosis.
As well as detecting conditions such as epilepsy, head injuries, dizziness and brain tumors, it’s also been utilized to train Nasa astronauts and improve creativity in Olympic figure skaters, according to its Kickstarter site.
During use, these sensors chart electrical brain activity and alert the user whenever focus dips.
The project has undergone numerous revisions and dozens of earlier prototypes were created before the current incarnation.
The crowd-funding efforts have so-far raised $192,470 (£157,440) of a $100,000 (£81,000) goal, with 32 days still left to go, at the time of publication.
The project’s creators said: ‘The EEG signal contains profound insight into a user’s state of mind.
‘Sophisticated processing techniques can be used to infer emotional states, anxiety levels, concentration, and more.
‘Deeper, longer concentration that persists when you take the headphones off. Imagine how this could change your life.’
Headsets are expected to be shipped to backers in December.
But they won’t be cheap – the headphones will cost $349 (£285).
- Two Onkyo 40mm audio drivers
- 800mAh battery pack
- 8 hours continuous playback
- Active noise cancelling
- Data streaming
- Optional 3.5mm audio cable
- USB-C connector
- Dual-mode Bluetooth 4.2 + 2.1
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The headphones are fitted with five EEC sensors.
The sensors detect electrical brain activity, and alert the user whenever focus dips.
Over time, these alerts train the mind into better recognising when it becomes distracted, leading to lasting improvements in concentration.