LAS VEGAS -- We're big fans of wacky wearables at Crave, so the newly unveiled Melomind connected headset immediately caught our eye (and our brain waves) at CES 2015.
The helmet-like wearable from myBrain has electrodes on each of the four spikes that protrude from the core device. These electrodes measure your brain waves like a standard electroencephalogram (EEG) would, and transmit data on your brain activity to the connected app. The app, which will be available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone when the device launches sometime late this year, then uses that data to determine which of its custom-created musical tones to play to help you relax.
Of course, you'll need to have your connected smartphone or tablet handy as the music is played through headphones connected to your device, but it seems minimally inconvenient to have your smart device on the table next to you as sit for what's essentially a meditation session.
I was able to try the Melomind for just a brief period on the crowded show floor, but in the minute or so it was on my head, it seemed fairly comfortable to wear. The accompanying music was pretty relaxing and, for a brief moment at least, it helped me forget the thousands of people crowded around me. And, amid the madness of CES, that peace of mind is extremely welcome.
The app visualizes your results and progress over time, so you can keep track of how relaxed you're getting. I was able to look at the Android beta app, and the graphs it showed looked pretty slick and easy to decipher.
The Melomind is expected to be released in select US and European retailers by the end of 2015, but if you're completely convinced you need this helmet-like wearable, you can preorder it on the Melomind website for $299 (about £195).
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