Paris-based myBrain Technologies unveiled Melomind a head-worn display that serves as a digital meditation aid.
Paris-based myBrain Technologies unveiled one of the most exciting gadgets presented at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show: a head-worn display called Melomind that serves as a digital meditation aid, sharing EEG data with your smartphone via Bluetooth.
It wasn't a coincidence that many who wore the device at CES seemed to be at ease; the headset uses numerous inside contact points to measure the brain's electric activity, sending that data to a mobile app that plays music based on the collected information.
It aims to detect the user's mental state and consequently improve it. The device, which was developed collaboratively with the Paris Brain and Spine Institute, may usher in a new wave of digital meditation products.
Digital Meditation: The Next Big Thing?
Whereas many gadgets seek ambitious multifunctionality, the aim of Melomind is clear: to soothe listeners toward relaxation by providing them the ability to control the type of music being played, with all the selections chosen based on the EEG data.
The headset's appearance – which MIT Technology Review accurately compared to "a cross between a headband and a bike helmet" – may seem oddly futuristic at first. However, the overall functionality – with various metal electrodes touching one's head – is fairly straightforward.
Digital health is already expected to have a big year in 2015. We’re already seeing college healthcare programs start to offer more courses that include digital health, but so far digital meditation hasn’t been on the forefront. Perhaps the rise of Melomind and other devices like it will start to cross over from a handy relaxation tool to a useful medical device.
Melomind’s Price, Release Date and Potential Industry Pair-Ups
As for the price and release date, co-founder Thibaud Dumas said Melomind will cost $299 and myBrain hopes to release it sometime in late 2015.
"Learning how to relax is not more complicated than learning how to practice sport or music,” explains Thibaud, who alongside co-founder Yohan Attal has a PhD in neuroscience.
Relaxing for enjoyment is great, but there are several other benefits that extend to the health spectrum. For the 247 billion people suffering from physical symptoms of stress, Melomind can make day-to-day activities much more stress-free.
As stress contributes to diseases like depression, hypertension, immune deficit disorder and many others, it's worthwhile to wonder if medical professionals will begin implementing Melomind and other devices like it into their daily practice.
myBrain, which was formed in 2013, has a sleek website up for Melomind, which touts it as “the connected headset to get rid of stress." With coverage by the likes of Wired, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, CNET, CNN and Mashable, there's little doubt that the product will gain popularity upon its released if it’s proven to work successfully. A one-time charge of $299 to safely reduce stress seems worth it.
If Melomind already sounds like a great idea to you, then feel free to take advantage of being one of the first in the know. MyBrain’s website currently offers a coupon code – CES2015 – that cuts 20 percent off the purchase price if you order now.
While some may be wary of sticking a device on their head with metal electrodes, a stream of positive press and reviews upon Melomind’s release should ease any concern. Until then, it’s exciting to think about a product like Melomind and how it may be an integral component in helping mold the digital meditation and stress-reduction niche.