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A handcrafted meditation tracker blending beautiful design and biosensor technology

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UPDATE

Now into the final hours of our campaign, while it is unfortunate our Kickstarter will not reach its goal, we are pleased to announce the Lotus will bloom after all!

Pre-Orders for the 2014 Edition of the Lotus are now being accepted in the Puzzlebox Shop:

https://puzzlebox.io/product/lotus/

Shipping will begin in November 2014 on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Meanwhile if you’d like to keep following our journey, please like our page on Facebook or join our mailing list for future announcements!

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Today, the benefits of mindfulness meditation are scientific fact. Dozens of studies show practicing mindfulness can make you healthier and less stressed out.

But it’s still really hard to start a mindfulness habit! That’s where your Lotus comes to the rescue.

The Lotus responds to your brainwaves through a supported brain-sensing headset. When it detects you’re calm and relaxed, the flower blooms and begins cycling through colors.

Over time the Lotus gradually closes and more slowly changes colors when it’s time to meditate again. This acts as a physical and visual reminder, gently nudging you to take a mindful break during your day.

The last decade has seen an explosion in the number of scientific papers studying mindfulness meditation. Its effects on anxiety, depression, cardiovascular health, chronic pain and stress have been well documented. In fact, mindfulness meditation is efficacious enough that it is now being offered in more than 450 hospitals around the country in the form of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

You can actually measure meditation in the brain and body through biosensors. These sensors, including electroencephalography devices (EEG), pick up minute changes in the brain’s electrical activity that have been shown to significantly change during meditation practices. Our strategy is to incorporate such sensors into our own Lotus product in a beautiful consumer form-factor. The Lotus will feature an open API and over time support will be added for popular third-party health and fitness trackers.

We have iterated through dozens of designs and functional prototypes to build the Lotus
We have iterated through dozens of designs and functional prototypes to build the Lotus

The Lotus is Social

You and your friends can start a meditation habit together, too.

Just like having a gym buddy, meditating with a friend can help you both keep on track. We’ve found that linking your practice with a friend makes everything much easier and more fun!

Choose a color for your partner and you'll see daily updates of their progress. When your friends meditate, you’ll see their colors glow from your Lotus and can receive a notification on your smartphone. And if you fall behind, your buddy will know to encourage you when their Lotus no longer turns the color they picked for you.

Support Local Artisans in India

Often with new technology, a sense of tradition gets left behind. With the Lotus we’re trying to bring technology and tradition together by working with artisans located in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra in India, forging petals by hand out of metal. Combined with cutting edge neurotechnology, biosensors, and 3D printed components, the Lotus is a blend of the very ancient and the highly modern.

After all, for thousands of years, many cultures around the world believed that physical objects could become mirrors to inner states. With the Lotus we’re really trying to bring this ancient idea to life by making your flower into a tangible reflection of your mindfulness.

The Lotus Is Open Source

We invite artists and designers to take the Lotus and make it their own. Its seeds - detailed 3D models for the petals and every other hardware component - can be downloaded, reshaped, printed, and transplanted.

For the data nerds: Through our accompanying app, you can see graphs of your brainwaves, as well as access your raw data for each session. Export, download, and slice and dice as you see fit!

Reward Highlights

One of the benefits of having already been through the process first-hand, we understand the long development and testing cycles required for manufacturing new products. However we also recognize that some of our backers will want to receive their Lotus as soon as possible, particularly in time to be gifted during the upcoming holiday season.

Therefore we have decided to offer a limited production run of entirely 3D-printed Lotuses to be delivered during December 2014. We will produce and assemble each 2014 Limited Edition Lotus by hand ourselves and besides a cosmetic difference their basic functions will match the final product in every way (time permitting). Feedback from our users will be encouraged and incorporated into the production model.

The Lotus by Mindfulness, Inc. is responsibly hand-crafted in India by local artisans and delivered to you by the end of September 2015. Each Lotus responds to your mind and body during meditation sessions, as measured by our custom biosensors and algorithms as well as popular third-party health and fitness trackers. Our software runs on your mobile device and features data tracking plus social connectivity, which allow your progress to be shared with supportive friends and family. We hope you enjoy this fusion between beautiful design and powerful technology as much as we did creating it.

Lotus Team

The Lotus is presented by Mindfulness Inc., a partnership blending the algorithms and neuroscience credentials of BrainBot's Rohan Dixit (a neuroimaging researcher from Harvard and Stanford University), the artistic design skills of Shilo Shiv Suleman (an award-winning artist and TED speaker), and the Brain-Computer Interface technology and manufacturing experience of Puzzlebox's Steve Castellotti (creator of the successfully crowd-funded Puzzlebox Orbit).

Risks and challenges

It often seems like a majority of the technology and hardware projects we've witnessed and supported ourselves through crowdfunding end up becoming delayed one way or another. We have attempted to anticipate this with the Lotus by limiting the number of units available during 2014 to as many as we are confident we can build and supply ourselves without relying on any third parties. We hope this effort will offer an extra level of personalization for our earliest backers.

For the 2015 edition Lotuses we have the advantage of experience and existing partnerships already in place for manufacturing, fulfillment, and logistics. We are permitting time prior to mass production to refine our designs based on feedback from our 2014 recipients.

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    Digital thank you card from the team at Mindfulness, Inc. Designed by Shilo.

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    5 curated digital guided meditations from the best mindfulness instructors.

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    Meditation calendar to help you track your practice for an entire year. Illustrated by Shilo.

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    Lotus petal to be worn as a necklace or pendant. Responsibly handmade in India. Show your support with Lotus jewelry you can actually wear!

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    Lotus 2015 Edition. Synchronizing your meditating mind via EEG with your Lotus. Supported headsets include InterAxon Muse and NeuroSky MindWave Mobile EEG headsets (not included).

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    Lotus 2015 Edition. Bundled with NeuroSky MindWave Mobile EEG headset.

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    Early Bird - Lotus 2014 Limited Edition. One of the first Lotuses made available to the public, 3D printed and assembled by hand. Includes a bundled NeuroSky Mindwave Mobile. Delivered in time for the Holidays.

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    Lotus 2015 Premium Edition. Bundled with the InterAxon Muse EEG headset.

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    Hand-built large scale (5-15 foot) metal and polycarbonate Lotuses that pulse with your heart and gently glow when you're relaxed and breathing mindfully. Shipping not included.

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