About this project
Thank You to all of our supporters!
The first 50 backers who choose a B-2 wearable headband reward will now receive theirs by the end of March 2016. 3 months earlier than originally anticipated!
The B-2 helps you FEEL AMAZING, but also helps the brain function optimally, resulting in improvement on many levels!
Many of our Brainwave Optimization clients have experienced:
- Deep Relaxation
- Better sleep
- Relief and improved adaptability to stress
- Significant improvement in memory and recall
- Increased performance at work, in athletics, and learning
- Improved overall well-being
There have been many more success stories where clients who've used our technology have seen changes for the better after experiencing Brainwave Optimization. It is truly amazing!
There are lots of products on the market claiming to provide similar benefits....but not one of them actually does what the BRAINtellect 2 does.
BRAINtellect® 2 is the evolution of our core technology, developed over the last 15 years, with proven results. There is no other hardware/software technology as advanced as what we've developed and patented at Brain State Technologies® (BST) for the benefit of helping the brain balance itself.
Since 2004, when we first began accumulating anonymous brainwave data, over 100,000+ people have been helped through our patented process called Brainwave Optimization®. Brain State Technologies supports an international network of providers with over 180 locations in 20 countries.
Today, the BST brain wave repository is over 32 terabytes – the largest set of brain data in the world.
Our technology’s effectiveness has been clinically proven in University-based studies and featured in many peer-reviewed and popular publications and media.
The most common reaction from clients is “it changed my life.”
It became our mission to make our technology portable and available to help more people throughout the world.
Under contract with the US Army Research Office, Brain State Technologies, in conjunction with researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine, sleep medicine consultants from Harvard Medical School and the University of Virginia, School of Medicine, successfully produced a wearable device for sleep and performance enhancement. This BRAINtellect 1 device was delivered in early 2015. Press Release.
B-2 is the patent-pending evolution of Brainwave Optimization® and the B-1 device developed for the Army Research Office. The B-2 wearable headband with advanced brain monitoring and software analysis functionality is in production now.
The Basics of How it Works: Brain waves are monitored by B-2 through read-only sensors and then converted to music-like tones, which are played back to the user through ear buds. The brain recognizes its own middle range brainwave patterns in the sounds, which act like an acoustical mirror. When the brain sees itself in this manner, it can adjust itself to more balanced rhythms. This process is inside-out relaxation and is the basis for self-optimization. The results some of our clients have reported have been nothing short of extraordinary.
Why Your Brain Needs the B-2: Stress affects your emotions, behavior, thinking ability and physical health. No part of the body is immune. B-2 brain relaxation allows the brain to reset in a manner which helps mitigate the many compromises of stress - exactly what the world needs.
Life threatening or negative external life experiences may actually change the rhythms and balance in your brain. You may feel like you’re missing out on opportunities or options in your life. This is because your brain becomes “stuck” in those patterns that it utilized to defend itself against those stressors. If that happens, you can’t seem to move forward. The effect of being stuck makes it, at best, difficult to achieve basic tasks, and, at worst, a compromised life in every way. A more balanced brain facilitates more efficient and restful sleep, which is the very foundation of well-being in spite of those negative life experiences.
B-2 can support your brain to move back to a naturally balanced performance pattern. B-2 is NOT a toy. While other technologies and methods may advise you to learn to control your brain, BST knew early in the technology development process that the brain moves much too fast on its own terms to be able to control it.
Have you ever said or did anything you immediately regretted? Maybe even wondered where that statement or action came from? Have you ever been faced with major decisions or stressful situations and then found that your sleep was compromised so you either didn’t sleep well or didn’t wake rested? Your brain was driving.
And when that state of compromised sleep happens, do you need technology to tell you that you're not sleeping? or do you need technology to help your brain make changes so you can achieve that state of restful sleep? PLUS maximum performance, and overall well-being. B-2 helps your brain relax and be in control of your well-being.
Give yourself the performance edge through positive consciousness on a daily basis.
The B-2 portable headband offers you a real and proven solution to deeply relax your brain, allowing it to rebalance itself, so stress doesn’t “stick”. Refreshing sleep, resulting in optimal performance and overall well-being, is the result of this brain freedom. Unlike other devices, you’re not attempting to retrain your brain with B-2. There are no games to play, no exercises to plow through, trying to keep the “bar up” on the screen of your computer. Use of B-2 is not another item on your “to do” list or a way to play soothing music. You simply put the headband on, lay back, close your eyes and listen to the sounds produced by your own brain in near real time. Your brain does all of the work. Your relaxed brain then facilitates a more highly performing you.
Some results based on our existing technology:
• measured reaction times of participants in clinical trials, using our existing technology increased, on average, over 18%
• grades of students from pre-school thru grad-school improved to levels never previously achieved
• athletes achieved higher levels of performance; and
• creative artists (writers, composers, musicians) soared to new levels of creative competence.
What did all of these people have in common? They all achieved efficient and restful sleep.
What could you do if you were fearless with razor sharp performance? No one knows how far a high performing brain can take you.
“You may be happy to know that I have been using the wearable headband every day and the benefits are undeniable. I am literally ‘centered’ when I am done. I have been under immense stress over the past month. I did some B-2 sessions during this time and my perspective shifted to the other side of the stress. Instead of being oppressed by it, I was able to use it towards the positive. I just want you to know that this is the greatest piece of technology I have ever used. Instead of a device that makes my life easier by doing things for me, this is the first one that actually empowers me to make my life easier by being more. In my eyes, there is no greater benefit.” - Med Student
Please watch more testimonials from our wonderful clients on our Youtube channel.
How Does It Work?
The BRAINtellect® 2 (B-2) headband has sensors which simultaneously monitor four locations of two corresponding lobes of the brain in the left and right hemispheres. These areas play a key role in regulating emotional well-being and arousal response to stress. The four sensors on the headband thus allow the software to monitor both the left and right activity of the emotional state and the arousal state for stress response. Ultimately the software can determine which of the four locations most needs relaxation and reflect only the location or locations which most need relaxation. Daily stress can affect these areas and the B-2 supports the brain to relax and reset itself to a balanced, or optimized, state.
The sensors on the headband monitor your brain waves and software then converts dominant frequencies in the middle range of brainwaves to tones heard through earbuds. The brain recognizes its own patterns, and begins to adjust and balance itself. The software is designed to adapt and make adjustments, as needed, in near real time, based on your brain and its unique patterns.
The actual tones, or notes, you hear are scientifically engineered to be within a narrow sound envelope only milliseconds in length. This sound envelope, known in the sound engineering and music business as the ADSR (attack, decay, sustain, release) envelope is precisely engineered for each tone of each instrument installed on the tablet computer included with the B-2. Therefore, each note is precisely the same length in milliseconds, although the rhythms of the brain may play them back to you and overlay the notes at times. As is the case with the B-2 hardware and B-2 software algorithms, there is nothing else exactly like those notes because BST used Grammy winning engineers and recording artists to record each of the notes at a recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
The B-2 headband may be used on a daily basis. We suggest a graduated schedule of use, beginning at only four minutes a day, up to, as long as is comfortable for the user. Specific and detailed instructions are included with the B-2 and US based support is available.
B-2 is very simple to use and comes with everything you need to get started. Watch this demo video to see just how easy it is!
What Benefits Might You Expect from B-2 Use?
If you are an optimal performer and you’re looking to take your life to the next level, then the B-2 is for you.
We want to help you feel and perform at your best and we’ve proven that our technology does just that.
Areas in which most clients experience improvement utilizing our existing technology;
• Efficient, refreshing sleep
• Adaptability to and relief from Stress
• Improved intuition and focus
• Faster memory and recall
• Enhanced decisiveness and confidence
• Superior performance in many different aspects of life
• Accelerated learning ability
• A relaxed calm that is long lasting
• Reduced conscious and subconscious fear
• A sense of inner peace and joy that is spiritual
• A sense of self awareness, mindfulness and personal transformation, that can be profound and life changing.
Though B-2 is only a subset of Brainwave Optimization, when it is readily available to the user on a daily or weekly basis we expect even greater long term benefits.
Scientific Aspects of the Brain & BRAINtellect® 2The B-2 uses an advanced methodology to support relaxation of brain rhythms. It is designed to help the brain to auto-calibrate its patterns of activity, or to “self-optimize.”1 More optimal brain activity tends to be expressed in two general ways. For example, greater right-left balance in the temporal lobe brain regions may be especially important, so that one’s stress response system is not dominated by either “fight or flight” (high arousal) or “freeze” (low arousal) tendencies.2,3 More optimal ratios of energy between low, middle, and high frequency ranges are important for sleep,4 and also general cognitive function or learning.5
1 Gerdes L, Gerdes P, Lee SW, and Tegeler CH. (2013). HIRREM™: a non-invasive, allostatic methodology for relaxation and auto-calibration of neural oscillations. Brain Behav. Mar; 3(2): 193-205.
2 Lee SW, Gerdes L, Tegeler CL, Shaltout HA, and Tegeler CH. (2014). A bihemispheric autonomic model for traumatic stress effects on health and behavior. Front. Psychol. 5:843. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00843.
3 Tegeler CH, Shaltout HA, Tegeler CL, Gerdes L, and Lee SW. (2015). Rightward dominance in temporal high-frequency electrical asymmetry corresponds to higher resting heart rate and lower baroreflex sensitivity in a heterogeneous population. Brain Behav. doi: 10.1002/brb3.343
4 Bonnet MH and Arand DL. (2010). Hyperarousal and insomnia: state of the science. Sleep Med Rev. 14(1): 9-15.
5 Gerdes L., Tegeler CH, and Lee SW. (2015). A groundwork for allostatic neuro-education. Front. Psychol. 6:1224. Doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01224.
Why the Technology was Originally Developed:
BST Founder & CEO, Lee Gerdes was working in a program to help AIDS patients at a church in San Francisco. When he was locking a gate following the program, he was attacked by 4 youth; one wielding a baseball bat. The assault created both a physical and emotional life compromise. Everything about life and its fullness was compromised by the blows to the skull. Lee sought every resource imaginable to help himself be free of his inappropriate reactions, lack of restful sleep, and inappropriate fear of having people behind him. He wanted to be “like he was” before the assault and move forward, but found nothing to help and no road for his own recovery and well-being. Brainwave Optimization and ultimately B-2 evolved from Lee’s work to help himself, and now, with over 100,000+ people worldwide who seek a solution for their own well-being, regardless of their circumstances. The experience of restful sleep is the key signature of the basis of this optimized well-being.
B-2 Hardware Engineering Evolution:
Beginning with rudimentary electronics and software in 2000 for initial use on myself, I was reading 32 samples per second of brain data reviewed electronically from the brain in 7 frequency bands with the old style “cup electrodes” in two simultaneous channels. To help put this in context – the brain fires about 1000 times per second, so when electronics are reading at 32 samples per second, it means that the brain is recorded approximately once every 31 times it fires. Initial electronics – and even 2006 electronics at 128 samples a second, now seem that we were dealing with something similar to the “crank telephone” compared to current hardware. Brain State advanced hardware technology repeatedly over the years and in 2011, a new amplifier and sensor combination was reading 256 samples per second of brain data reviewed electronically from the brain in as many as 100 frequency bands in 2 simultaneous channels. Reading sensor data at 256 samples per second mean that the brain is recorded approximately once every 4 times it fires. Much more accuracy in recording and process brain energy is allowed at this speed. The low end of the frequency spectrum could be viewed to the nearest 1/100 of a Hertz. This hardware is being used today in over 200 Brainwave Optimization® units deployed by over 150 licensed providers around the world.
In 2013 BST began planning a new hardware/software combination which would ultimately be used to build the BRAINtellect® 1 (B-1) – a response to a 2014 grant from the U.S. Army Research Office. B-1 was delivered in early 2015.
As can be seen, the B-1 prototype was mounted on a hardhat headband as it was a simple form factor with which to work.
The sensors were soldered to cables which provided a five sensor connection to a headband-mounted analog-to-digital conversion box, which connected via an HDMI cable to a system controller unit, and then to a tablet computer via USB.
This prototype may seem crude, however it worked very well – using B-1, a tablet computer, and earbuds - BST demonstrated for the U.S. Army that a brain could be supported to relax and reset itself. The component electronics sample 500 samples per second of brain sensor data. Reading sensor data at 500 samples per second means that the brain is recorded approximately once every 2 times it fires. This is actually 16x faster than we began this journey with initial testing in 2000. Due to constrictions of a tablet computer, the data processed in B-2 is then reviewed algorithmically in 11 frequency bands and four simultaneous channels. The 2015 release of B-2 will include the finest in componentry for speed and brainwave monitoring accuracy. The system's ADC (Analog-to-Digital-Converter) is an ADS1294 chip from Texas Instruments. Four channels of sensor data are simultaneously-acquired at a 500-sample-per-second rate, providing a frequency spectrum resolvable up to almost 250 Hz. Since this is a 24-bit ADC, there is a theoretical amplitude resolution of 145 dB (decibels), a significant improvement over current 16-bit (96 dB) systems. In practice, this new B-2 system yields over 120 dB dynamic range with ADC inputs shorted, and typically over 90 dB dynamic range with-respect-to the sensor inputs. The result is an EEG system that needs no adjustable gain ranging amplifiers, has a vast headroom allowing power line and other common-mode signals to coexist (and subsequently be removed from the desired differential signal) without signal clipping issues, and a very low noise floor. Below is pictured the B-2 with flex-circuit interconnects and sensor boards.
The headband connects to the controller box via an HDMI cable, to connect the sensor signals to the off-board ADC system.
Our controller box communicates with the tablet computer via Bluetooth and also contains the power supply. A lithium-polymer battery provides hours of operation, and is easily recharged using any micro-USB charger.
The B-2 headset form factor has gone through a detailed and careful design evolution.
Finally we have achieved a highly-refined headset form factor which will work very well on any head.
And although there were some management demands on the Director of Hardware Engineering to “put that thing together” –
Working B-2 prototypes are now operational and the product is moving into production.
The injection mold for the sensor inserts and for the headband seems simple.
And yet if you have ever done it, you know it isn’t as simple as it seems.
The team at Braintellect and Brain State Technologies has been hard at work crafting the technology that will bring you a simple-to-use device that will change your life.
Help us change the world.
Our Plan, and Schedule:
BRAINtellect® 2 software has been utilized on over 120 people; testing the application thoroughly. Hardware has been ordered for the wearable device. Injection molding is now complete. Electronic componentry boards for the sensors are complete and assembly for the controller boxes is underway.
Upon successful completion of our Kickstarter campaign, we anticipate delivery of the B-2 to Kickstarter backers, who’ve pledged at that reward level, no later than 3 to 6 months following funding. All other rewards will be shipped for arrival approximately 90 to 120 days following funding.
What’s your budget?
We’ve asked for $25,000 in pledges to cover the unsold units from our minimum required order on our first production cycle.
Additional funds raised will be used to create molds for large scale production, support a sales & marketing campaign to tell a greater part of the world about the extraordinary benefits of B-2, and we also hope to fund a study, over time, of B-2 use with socio-economically marginalized kids.
An additional $170,000 would make that happen.
Risks and challenges
We have a small team of engineers and support staff.
Certainly half of the staff is mission critical in some aspect of the project at any given time. There is always the possibility that someone will be out for personal reasons. We do have most staff supported with other personnel, both in house and consultants, who can step in to continue the project, but that transition could slow project completion by as much as a few weeks or a month.
We are working with very reputable mechanical and manufacturing engineers; consultants who have a long standing relationship with the Chinese injection mold development and first run of the B-2 form factor. This is our first use of this resource. Although our first product is scheduled to reach us by mid-December, there is always a chance that this will not be completed. We have the rights to the injection mold design, and would need to move production of the mold, and the first run, to another vendor if our current resource does not perform as expected. This process would set the project back by 3 or 4 months. COMPLETED AND NO LONGER A RISK FACTOR.
Lastly, there is always a chance that the vendors who source some of our components will not be able to fulfill our orders on a timely basis and this may set the project back a few weeks. We’ve mitigated most of this risk by familiarity with back-up resources should any of our primary resource vendors fail to deliver. COMPLETED: NO LONGER A RISK FACTOR.
As a company, we pride ourselves as individual employees and as a team to delivery of nothing short of outstanding products and services.
Our software has a code base exceeding 250,000 lines of code plus many gigs of data to which it refers. We have never produced any software that had a critical software error delivered to our licensed users. Our few hardware malfunctions have been responded to immediately, and corrected, when noted.
Our 11 year reputation is now on the line in this campaign and it is our intent to fulfill it according to our history.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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