About this project
Dreams and sleep play an important role in our health and happiness. While sleep rejuvenates the body, dreams rejuvenate the mind. Meet iBand+, the headband that helps you sleep and dream!
A truly smart wireless Bluetooth EEG headband, iBand+ senses your brain waves with laboratory level accuracy. It also conceals special health tracking sensors to measure body movement, heart rate and body temperature.
iBand+ tracks and analyzes information about your brain and body throughout the sleep cycle with an advanced auto-learning software algorithm. It then uses this information to play and intelligently adjust the audio-visual signals to:
- Induce lucid dreams
- Help you fall asleep easily
- Wake up naturally
The RGB LEDs on iBand+ headband and the compact iBand+ pillow speakers work together to effectively deliver audio-visual stimuli while providing optimum user comfort.
Based on the information gathered from your previous sleep cycles, iBand+ app recommends the audio-visual techniques that can work best for you and helps you choose from the pre-loaded audios. You can also choose from your own music and audiobook library.
Dreams are the best and most authentic VR experience; a world with no rules and consequences. Imagine if you could be fully aware that you are dreaming without you actually waking up. Such a state of consciousness is possible and it is called “lucid dreaming”.
Once you are lucid in a dream, you can take control of your dream actions and consciously reshape the dream to fulfill any fantasy and experience anything you can imagine! To control your dream, however, you must first become aware that you are dreaming. iBand+ helps you do that!
Dreams occur when you are in the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) phase of your sleep. During REM phase, the body is largely disconnected from the brain, effectively leaving the muscles incapable of movement -- the reason we don’t act out our dreams. iBand+ accurately senses this dream phase by monitoring variations in your brain waves and the body vitals.
Once iBand+ senses this dream phase, it plays audio-visual cues. These subtle external stimuli of light patterns via the LEDs on headband and sound from the pillow speakers appear as anomalies in your dream making you aware that you are dreaming without waking you up.
Once in lucid dream, you enter a virtual world where everything you see, hear, touch, taste and smell is as authentic as reality!
Lucid dreaming has been researched scientifically. Many psychologists and researchers have recognized that lucid dreams can help with artistic creativity, problem solving, improving sports and language skills, and can even help people prone to nightmares to get their fears under control.
A productive day starts with a great night’s sleep. Soothing music is one of the oldest techniques used for meditation and relaxation. Music can help the onset of sleep, improve sleep quality and sleep duration thus leading to a greater sleep satisfaction.
iBand+ helps you sleep easily in a natural way with sounds and music that calm your mind and trigger sleep. It tracks your sleep cycle, body movement, heart rate and body temperature, and intelligently adjusts the music and the volume as you fall asleep. Once asleep, iBand+ turns off the music. It then gently introduces white noise that masks distractions and ensures a sound sleep.
Sleep is very important to restore energy reserves and strengthen the immune system. Even minimal sleep loss affects mood, productivity, ability to handle stress and even body weight!
iBand+ tracks your sleep by monitoring brain waves, indicates sleep quality and gives feedback on improvement.
iBand+ has the most advanced smart alarm feature that wakes you up gradually with simulated natural sunlight and sounds at the most optimum period of sleep cycle so that you wake up refreshed every time!
EEG brain sensing technology is the core of iBand+ functionality.
The brain uses electrical pulses to transmit messages. iBand+ is the EEG headband that reads and records activity in the brain through its dry electrodes. ‘Brain waves’ are the graphs plotted from these readings.
EEG technology has been used extensively in the medical field, but recent advances in nanotechnology and increasing computational power has made it possible to shrink the EEG electronic circuits and embed them in wearables for everyday applications.
The more you know about your body, the better you can take care of it! iBand+ is also your personal health tracker that enables you to monitor your health even while asleep!
Sensors measure body movement, heart rate and body temperature. This information about the body together with EEG information about the brain provides a glimpse into your physical and mental state that could disclose potential health and sleep problems.
iBand+ headband communicates with iBand+ app on your iOS and Android smartphones via Bluetooth.
- Strap made of high quality soft, breathable fabric for superior comfort.
- Low power Bluetooth 4.0 module that wirelessly syncs with your smartphone.
- 4 LEDs placed at interpupillary distances (eye distances) that optimally cover almost all the face sizes.
- With RGB LEDs users can customize the colors of the visual cues as per individual preferences.
- 2 high fidelity compact and slim speakers for superior sound.
- Soft, anti-slip cover.
- Forward facing speakers ensure the sound gets evenly distributed throughout the pillow surface.
- Standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
- Dry EEG electrodes: no preparation, no adhesive gel
- Low noise EEG sensing: 50dB signal-to-noise ratio, high accuracy
- 4 RGB LEDs: each producing a gamut of 16 million colors
- Body movement: 3D accelerometer
- Heart rate: optical sensor
- Body temperature: direct touch sensor with ADC
- Bluetooth wireless range: 10m / 33 ft
In developer edition, iBand+ provides access to processed EEG frequency spectrums (Alpha, Beta, etc.) as well as raw EEG data so that developers can use iBand+ as standalone or integrate it into numerous Bluetooth controlled applications to create amazing new experiences.
Potential iBand+ applications:
- Improving Focus
- Stress therapy
- Fitness tracking
- Thought controlled computing
- Interactive television
- Gaming and entertainment
- Smart home integration
Imagine using your brain waves to control numerous smart devices in your home to simplify your daily life. For example, when you fall asleep iBand+ could make sure that lights are off, doors locked, security alarm activated and thermostat adjusted to maintain a comfortable bedroom temperature!
Developers can publish their apps on our website that would enable everyone to use iBand+ in many other ways.
Complete set contains:
- iBand+ EEG brain sensing and health tracking headband
- iBand+ pillow speakers with superior sound
- USB charging cable
- User manual download
- Free app download
Risks and challenges
We are now ready to take next steps towards design for manufacturing and production, and bring iBand+ to you. However, production and shipping rely on third parties and that could introduce unforeseen delay like delay caused by the component suppliers, quality control rejections, misplaced packages in shipment, etc.
We have an experienced and a very talented team in place for smooth execution of our plan. We will continue to work hard to deliver quality product to you and will keep you informed of our progress all the way!
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