Mindset headphones have an integrated EEG that helps your brain focus

mindset  08
Find yourself losing focus when you’re trying to get work done? A new Kickstarter project wants to use sound to condition your brain to get back to work.

Mindset is a successfully funded Kickstarter project that has managed to raise well more than its $100,000 goal in a short period of time. It’s a pair of headphones that come equipped with an electroencephalogram, or EEG, which is used to monitor your brainwaves in real time, and it can tell when your mind is focused and when it’s not. Wearing the headphones, you can listen to your music to drown out other distractions — but if you do manage to get distracted the headset will know, and will offer up an audible notification to bring your focus back to what’s important.

The company claims that over time, these audible notifications will “rewire your brain” to better tune out distractions. This is done in part through machine learning, as Mindset analyzes your data to help understand when you’re most focused in the course of the day, and when you’re not. This eventually allows you to plan your day to fit your cycle of concentration — you can work on more important tasks during your peak hours of focus, and perhaps unwind a little more at times when you tend to be more distracted and less able to concentrate.

mindset  07

The final design of Mindset is sleek and professional-looking. While I can’t say it’s comfortable as we tested a prototype that didn’t have the same padding, it did immediately offer personalized results based on my brainwaves. What’s neat is the company will offer multiple accounts, so you can lend Mindset to anyone and it won’t affect your profile, and they will still be able to see personalized results.

One of the caveats is that to have your data measured and analyzed, you need to wear Mindset as much as possible. This means that the device really only applies to students and people who can wear headphones in the workplace for long periods of time. Also, there’s no companion app yet, and you’ll have to use a web portal to see your data.

Headphones need to offer great sound, especially if, like these, they’re estimated to retail for around $350. That’s why the Mindset team partnered with Onkyo to offer a solid listening experience. You’ll also find the headphones are equipped with Bluetooth and active noise canceling to help drain out distractions. Now that the project has been funded, the company is looking to fund stretch goals like an integrated microphone in Mindset so it can take voice calls.

You can grab Mindset headphones for as low as $250 on Kickstarter. Its expected shipping date is December 2017.

Wearables

To be blunt, the Vuzix Blade smartglasses just don’t cut it

We tried out the Vuzix Blade to find out if it’s worth shelling out $1,000 for smartglasses. Are these augmented reality, Android-powered glasses really ready for primetime or just an expensive gimmick that no one really needs?
Smart Home

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: Which one is better for you?

What happens when you compare the Google Home vs the Amazon Echo? Both smart speakers have good qualities, but what happens when you compare they're features side-by-side? We think one of these smart gadgets wins over the other.
Mobile

The 2-year-old Nokia 6 is now being updated to Android Pie

Android 9.0 Pie has been released. But is your phone getting Android 9.0 Pie, and if so, when? We've done the hard work and asked every device manufacturer to see when their devices would be getting the update.
Computing

Speed up your system by tweaking the startup application in Windows and MacOS

Bothered by programs that automatically start when you boot your computer, or want to add a new one to the list? Here's how to change your startup programs in Windows 7, 8, and 10, along with Apple's MacOS.
Outdoors

The best heated gloves keep your hands toasty warm in all temperatures

When temperatures plunge, the first thing that gets cold are your fingers. Ward off frostbite and keep your digits toasty warm with these best heated gloves.
Wearables

Sony’s weird Wena isn’t a smartwatch, it’s a smart watch strap

Sony's Wena smart watch straps have been around since 2015; but the company has now decided to launch them outside of Japan, starting with the U.K.. The straps convert traditional watch straps into smart watches.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Grow veggies indoors and shower more efficiently

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Mobile

Smartwatch sales soared in 2018, with Apple leading the charge

The NPD Group, a market research organization, has reported smartwatch sales soared in 2018. Apple is leading the charge, but it's clear there's still room in the market for competitors, as Samsung and Fitbit also did well.
Mobile

North Focals smartglasses discount cuts the price by a massive $400

Canadian startup North is hoping smartglasses will be the next big wearable. After announcing its new Focals smartglasses in late 2018, the company opened product showrooms in Brooklyn and Toronto and has made its first shipment.
Wearables

Focals succeed where Google Glass fumbled (but do we really need smartglasses?)

It’s been seven years since Google took the wraps off Google Glass. Now, we’re finally getting a modern-day equivalent we want to wear. North’s Focals combine subtle style with an intuitive interface to craft smartglasses you’ll…
Mobile

These 13 gadgets walk a fine line between ingenious and insane

The annual avalanche of devices and gadgets is astounding, but how many will succeed? A few are destined to spark new trends, while the majority fade deservedly into obscurity. We look at some gadgets on the border of brilliant and bonkers.
Deals

Amazon slashes prices on Fitbit Versa smartwatches for Presidents’ Day

Amazon is offering a solid $30 discount on this great fitness tracking smartwatch right now. So if you're looking for a wearable that can help you track steps, sleep, and activity, now is a great time to pick one up for less.
Deals

This discounted smartwatch is a cheap Apple Watch or Fitbit Versa alternative

The Amazfit Bip isn't an Apple Watch or Fitbit Versa, but at the discounted price of $67, it's a very affordable alternative packed with useful features. With built-in GPS and 30-day battery life, this cheap smartwatch is a great option to…
Deals

Amazon cuts prices on the Apple Watch Series 3 for Presidents’ Day

The Apple Watch Series 3 is seeing the same price cut we saw during the Amazon sale just last week. So if you're hoping to pick up an Apple Watch for less than $250, this $50 discount from Amazon can make that happen for you.