There are plenty of products on Kickstarter these days that promise to alter the mind for a happier disposition or better life. Usually such examples are quick to be written off. But when an established brand like Onkyo partners with a startup and says it’s developed a new product that will boost concentration, our ears perk up. The new Mindset Bluetooth Headphones have built-in EEG or electroencephalogram sensors that measure electrical activity in the brain.
So how does it increase productivity? Aside from offering customizable settings that remove audio alerts from your connected devices, the built-in sensors are able to note when the brain becomes distracted. A change in the brain’s signaling cause the Mindset headphones to alert the user of distractions with subtle pings. The goal is to quickly move you back to a state of concentration. Of course, the Bluetooth headphones have all the expected features, like noise cancellation and memory foam earcups. Through just a few short days, this Kickstarter project has raised over $350,000, which is three times its initial goal. Currently, a pledge of $229 will deliver a unit in December.
Mindset tracks your focus throughout the day, and alerts you whenever your concentration drops. Over time, these alerts train your mind and rewire your brain to better tune out distractions. The same technology used to treat ADHD, improve creativity in Olympic figure skaters, and train NASA astronauts, is now accessible to you. We’re as tired of wires as you are. Connect Mindset to your computer or phone via Bluetooth to listen to your favorite music, completely wire-free. And don’t worry – if you run out of battery, you can plug in an AUX cable to keep the tunes going.