The team who created the Melon headband has launched a Kickstarter campaign in the hope that they can raise enough money to mass-produce their new technology.
The headband itself connects to a mobile app via Bluetooth to show in real time how well you are focusing. A small line appears on screen when the app is opened and it rises and falls in time with your brain’s electrical activity.
Before you use Melon, you are prompted to provide information about what you’re doing, if you are working to a deadline, even if you are listening to music. The piece of tech then tracks your focus and offers suggestions to improve it when it lowers; for example, if you have been working too long, Melon will suggest you get up and have a stretch. If that doesn’t work, it will make a note and suggest something different next time.
The real power behind Melon isn’t in the technology itself, but in how little direction it has. While most apps and devices out there are designed to fulfill a certain purpose, Melon encourages its users to figure out the best way to use it. The creators have even designed the software to be hacked, modified and improved.
What at first comes off as a gimmick is actually backed by good science. The brand has partnered up with NeuroSky, which claims to be able to measure electroencephalography (or EEG) with 96% accuracy. While the device is not strictly measuring cause and effect (it is hard to pinpoint exactly what causes an improvement in focus), it is a fresh approach that could help people to ‘hack’ their brain.
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