Mind-reading sensors analyse brain activity to help you concentrate

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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.+4

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. 

Over time, these alerts train the mind into better recognising when it becomes distracted, leading to lasting improvements in concentration.

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.

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