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Unyte: Interactive Meditation
Unyte: Interactive Meditation
Unyte guides you to calm through a unique combination of biofeedback, meditation, gaming and virtual reality.
Unyte guides you to calm through a unique combination of biofeedback, meditation, gaming and virtual reality. Read more
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
About this project
Study after study has shown that meditation is one of the best methods for dealing with the rigors and challenges caused by our chaotic, distracted world.
A wide variety of different meditation forms and techniques have been practiced for centuries, and meditation has acquired many different meanings over the years.
We believe that all methods of meditation can be beneficial. However, many people do find traditional methods hard to learn and challenging to maintain.
Our mission is to help people live happier, healthier lives by making meditation easier to master.
Interactive meditation is a relaxation program that uses breathing techniques, immersive experiences and real-time feedback to help you gain more awareness of your thoughts, feelings, emotions and physical state.
Regular practice with Unyte can ultimately lead to a calmer and more focused mind and body, which, as part of a healthy lifestyle, may help reduce the risk of or help living well with certain health conditions.
By combining biofeedback technology with immersive digital & VR experiences, we make meditation easier to learn, fun and measurable. Think of interactive meditation as a “vacation for your mind”.
Unyte is based on technology that we acquired from a company called Wild Divine, which sold tens of thousands of biofeedback devices in 60 countries over the past decade.
Step 1: Connect the iom2 biofeedback sensor to your ear - this will monitor your Heart Rate Variability and transmit it to your phone, tablet or computer in real-time
Step 2: Next, select from 50 interactive experiences
Step 3: Follow the guide and breathing indicator
Step 4: Watch as your body’s feedback causes your resonance score to increase and the game to progress, teaching you how to meditate more effectively
Optional: If you happen to have a VR headset, prepare to be transported to a fully immersive world
Modern clinical grade biofeedback hardware is expensive and complex to use, so we teamed up with Assembly, a top electrical engineering firm, to design the iom2, creating a whole new type of biofeedback platform.
The iom2 is a high fidelity, low cost biofeedback device that connects to the body by ear clip, capturing real-time data on the body’s physiological state. It’s sleek, easy to use and has been designed to allow for additional biofeedback measures to be easily added in the future.
The iom2 primarily measures Heart Rate Variability (HRV). HRV is a measure of the variation in time between heartbeats and is considered to be a strong indicator of your meditative state. It has been shown through decades of research that a higher HRV correlates with an optimal, relaxed nervous system state, positive emotions, and improved health.
Unyte teaches specific breathing, mindfulness and relaxation techniques that are proven to increase your HRV. With Unyte, you gain instantaneous awareness of your nervous system state and learn to directly influence your HRV. Biofeedback may, as part of a healthy lifestyle, help in the following ways:
Unyte displays real-time feedback with an in-game interface that shows a breathing indicator that guides you to a more optimum breathing rate. Your breathing rate influences your HRV and resonance score, which is clearly displayed in real-time. Our user interface is consistent across every meditation experience.
Unyte’s resonance score ranges from 1 to 100% and is a direct reflection of the magnitude of your HRV. The higher your HRV, and the more relaxed you are, the higher your resulting resonance score. As your score improves, the game progresses via clear visual and audio prompts that show your body is responding.
We are also developing a cloud-based dashboard where you can track your overall Unyte usage, scores and progress over time and across all of our interactive experiences.
We have assembled a team of expert technologists and game designers to create over 50 “vacations for your mind” - fully-immersive, meditative experiences.
To keep things interesting, we’ve also formed partnerships with developers who are integrating our biofeedback hardware into their existing games.
But we wanted to take the next step in offering a truly immersive experience. The result is five original virtual reality games that are designed to optimize meditation, playable with any popular VR headset or in non-VR mode.
The following interactive meditation programs will be included with the Kickstarter edition interactive content bundle:
Engage in five games that take you through an immersive journey based on the classical elements of the universe. This program is VR enabled but also works without a VR headset.
Watch Dr. Dan Siegel trying Unyte’s Five Forces VR Interactive Meditation during the Mindful Society Conference here.
A 15-part journey through the world’s wisdom traditions. Join Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Dean Ornish, Sharon Salzberg, Nawang Khechog, Zen Master Nissim Amon and other mentors, guides and teachers.
Nine well-known mentors, including Shinzen Young, Thich Nhat Hanh, Adyashanti, Rick Hanson, Pema Chodron and Jon Kabat-Zinn, bring their unique brand of teaching, and biofeedback games ensure rapid mind-body integration.
Six engaging biofeedback mini-games to use with your iom2.
Six classic "best of" biofeedback mini-games to use with your iom2.
Interactive body scan meditation guided by Zen Master Nissim Amon.
The iom2 is designed to be extensible, allowing for the easy addition of additional biological measurements in the future. While the iom2 is capable of measuring Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) as well as HRV, it will initially ship with an HRV sensor only.
GSR measures changes in the electrical resistance of the skin caused by emotional stress. The iom2 will use this data to give extra insight into a user’s physiological state and ability to handle and recover from stress.
GSR sensors and reporting will be available as an add-on to the iom2 in a near-term product update.
Over the past decade, the scientific literature has seen a phenomenal increase in the number and quality of research studies demonstrating the positive impacts of meditation. We've reviewed hundreds of studies on meditation and mindfulness. The research is increasingly showing that taking the time to meditate may, as part of a healthy lifestyle, help safeguard against a wide variety of health conditions and challenges.
Our previous products have been referenced by over 100 scientific journals and endorsed by hundreds of professionals. What did the researchers find?
Published results have found that use of Unyte's previous products may, as part of a healthy lifestyle, lead to improvements in:
The research shows particular promise in a broad range of individuals, including:
In addition, this research shows high levels of:
We’ve conducted a full research literature review with over 33 pages of abstracts of research articles that are associated with Unyte products and show the benefits of interactive meditation. That’s a lot to post on a Kickstarter page, but see below for some of the articles we found most interesting:
Unyte is designed to give psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, trainers, coaches, clinics and teachers an innovative and effective way of introducing meditation and relaxation training to their clients.
We already work with many of the world’s leading institutions, including well-known clinics, hospitals, schools and organizations.
Professionals who use our products often experience increased patient engagement, compliance, and improved health outcomes. Compared to many other treatment options, Unyte is:
- Highly effective - evidence-based results
- Safe - no side effects
- Affordable - low investment
With the professional version of our dashboard, professionals can review their patients’ progress and export the iom2’s data for use in their own analytical tools or management software.
Below are some sample testimonials from experts and customers who used earlier versions of our products:
Jason Tafler, founder & CEO of Unyte, has been interested in health and the body’s natural healing processes for as long as he can remember. He always knew he wanted to make a difference in the field of health and wellness. What he didn’t know was the path life would take him to get there.
Last year, Jason was rushed to hospital with a serious health condition. In the thick of being treated for life-threatening internal bleeding, he realized the only thing he cared about was living to see his wife and son again.
At the time, Jason was the Chief Digital Officer of Rogers Communications, a $30B Canadian telecom company. He had also run an ad tech company in the US called PointRoll that scaled to over $100M in revenue.
But this focus on achievement and work—putting in 70 to 80 hours of work a week for two decades—had taken a toll. He knew he had to make a lifestyle change.
From his hospital bed, Jason began to meditate daily. He credits many factors to his recovery, but he feels daily meditation was an incredibly important element of his healing process. He decided he wanted to share what he had learned, so he founded Unyte and acquired meditation technology from a company called Wild Divine to bring his vision to life.
We’re hoping to raise $30,000. The money will be used for: 1) hardware - to complete tooling, to fund a pilot production run and quality testing, and for our first manufacturing run; and 2) software - to complete development of our games (including virtual reality development), reporting dashboard, and platform.
We appreciate everyone's feedback and support and are very excited to announce three stretch goals for our campaign!
$200k Stretch Goal: Breathing Trainer - at this level, you’ll receive a personalized breathing trainer that will calibrate your optimal breathing rate based on your nervous system state and allow you to customize your breathing method while using our interactive experiences
$300k Stretch Goal: GSR (Galvanic Skin Response) - at this level, you’ll receive a GSR sensor and GSR reporting in our games and dashboard as part of your existing rewards
$500k Stretch Goal: “The Journey to Wild Divine: The Passage” game - at this level, you’ll receive this popular game re-created to work with the iom2 and modern computers, tablets and smartphones
Meditation is both a personal and shared experience, and we firmly believe in the value of community and collaboration. We’re launching Unyte on Kickstarter because we’re excited for our backers to share feedback and ideas, grow with us, and join us on our journey to health and happiness through meditation.
Our name says it all. We are passionate professionals united by the goal of helping people through meditation. Together, the Unyte team brings over 70 years of combined experience in starting, building and scaling technology businesses globally.
To develop the best products possible, we’re working with top minds in the engineering and mental health worlds.
When our team decided we wanted to create the iom2, we saw a world of possibilities.
Then came the tricky part, implementing our vision through technical solutions until we got it right.
Thank you very much to all of our friends, families, customers, partners and supporters for joining us on this exciting journey. Special shout outs to all of the guides and experts who are featured in many of our interactive experiences.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Unyte’s iom2 is not a medical biofeedback device, nor should it be considered a medical instrument.
Risks and challenges
All hardware and software projects carry associated risks and challenges, and our experienced team continues to work hard to address any issues that arise.
Our team has been working tirelessly with our engineering & manufacturing partners to get to the device prototype testing phase, and we have already started tooling for manufacturing.
We are also ensuring the iom2 integrates well with our software as we finalize our interactive experiences and continue end-to-end testing.
As soon as the campaign is successfully funded, we will begin the process of ordering components and materials to begin full production. We already have commitments from all of our major component suppliers, and we have a very capable team of supply chain experts to ensure our timelines are met.
We believe that we have developed a well-engineered and high quality product, so we are offering a 1-year warranty for all of our backers. We stand behind our product and the trust you have placed in us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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