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About this project
Mindset is the first all-natural way to improve your concentration.
Mindset tracks your focus throughout the day, and alerts you whenever your concentration drops. Over time, these alerts train your mind and rewire your brain to better tune out distractions. The same technology used to treat ADHD, improve creativity in Olympic figure skaters, and train NASA astronauts, is now accessible to you.
We designed Mindset with a single goal: to create the perfect work headphones.
We’re as tired of wires as you are. Connect Mindset to your computer or phone via Bluetooth to listen to your favorite music, completely wire-free. And don’t worry - if you run out of battery, you can plug in an AUX cable to keep the tunes going.
Nothing replaces peace and quiet. Mindset listens to your environment and actively cancels out distracting noise. What’s left is pure, pristine silence.
Great products take expertise. We partnered with Onkyo, pioneers in high quality audio, to bring you a crisp, uncompromising sound. We’re working with their engineers to tune and craft the perfect listening experience.
Great ear cups make all the difference. Mindset’s gyroscopic hinge ensures the cups gently cradle your head - no more headaches from uneven pressure. Soft microfiber stays cooler than traditional leather, creating a fit you can comfortably wear all day.
Tech shouldn’t get in the way of comfort. Small spring-loaded electrodes fit through your hair, and sit gently on your head. Mindset’s upper band is flexible, designed to distribute the weight over your head. The result is a feeling of weightlessness.
Mindset is more than just state-of-the-art headphones. EEG sensors measure your concentration level in real time.
Embedded in Mindset are five electroencephalography (EEG) sensors, which measure the electrical activity in your brain. EEG has been used for over 50 years in hospitals for brain imaging and diagnosis.
The EEG signal contains profound insight into a user’s state of mind. Sophisticated processing techniques can be used to infer emotional states, anxiety levels, concentration, and more.
The first ever tool to measure your concentration in real time. A world of potential self-improvement.
Using advanced machine learning, Mindset recognizes the patterns in the EEG signal that represent a deep, focused mind. Mindset measures your concentration level in real time, tracking your changes throughout the day.
With Mindset, you can schedule deep work sessions to get in the zone. During deep work sessions, Mindset can alert you whenever you get distracted, so you can return to task immediately. No more getting sidetracked, when what you really want is to be crossing things off your to-do list.
Over time, each alert trains your mind to better recognize when it becomes distracted, leading to lasting improvements in concentration. Deeper, longer concentration that persists when you take the headphones off. Imagine how this could change your life.
Your workday is as unique as your fingerprint. The more you use Mindset, the better it understands how your concentration changes throughout the day. Over time, Mindset can give suggestions on how to improve your productivity: schedule emails during your downtime, and save your best hours for your deep work sessions.
For additional improvement, schedule a neurofeedback session. Think of it like a gym for your mind: use proven clinical methods to train your brain and further strengthen your concentration muscle. Watch as your concentration grows over time.
In a world of open-concept offices, constant emailing, and social media, we are more distracted than ever. Even in the absence of distraction, we’re having a hard time paying attention to anything for more than a few minutes.
And it’s getting worse.
Neurofeedback is a widely used technology that trains your mind to better focus. CEOs, professional athletes, military leaders, and other high performers are using neurofeedback to achieve their full potential.
However, it’s simply not accessible - it’s expensive, uncomfortable, and takes hours to use. Mindset makes this technology affordable for everyone.
We spent the last 4 months in Shenzhen, China, the manufacturing capital of the world. We’ve gone through dozens of prototypes, making sure to get each element just right. The result has simply blown us away.
Measuring concentration via EEG
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Neurofeedback as effective as Ritalin
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Distraction and Mind Wandering Hinders Learning
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Neurofeedback for Performance Enhancement
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Neurofeedback for Professional Athletes
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Using gold cup electrodes and conductive paste yields a great signal, but it has one limitation: it’s extremely inconvenient. Mindset collects high quality EEG with a form factor you can wear all day. Hundreds of hours of data, with absolutely no setup time, unlocks potential for big data analysis never before possible. This is the next step in BCI.
Free with Mindset, you’ll get full access to our developer SDK. Raw data from A1-C3-Cz-C4, calculated concentration metrics, easy remontage, computed features - you’ll get it all. Run your own experiments or build the BCI application of your dreams, all through a comfortable, great-sounding headphone. The sky is the limit.
You spoke, and we listened! Thank you for helping us unlock our first stretch goal: an embedded microphone for hands-free voice calls. Respond to calls quickly without taking off Mindset, so you can get right back into your flow.
Now that we reached $600K, we’ll be taking Mindset to the next level: train your brain to improve your calm, and enhance your creativity. These medically validated protocols will help you train like the pros, from Olympic athletes to professional musicians.
Once we reach $750K, Mindset will integrate automatic play/pause functionality. When you take off the headphones, the music will pause – when you put them back on, it will play again. A simple, intuitive experience that will seamlessly integrate into your work flow. Share the news, and let’s makes sure we reach this goal!
Kickstarter is the perfect medium to bring Mindset to life. Never before has there been such an influential group of creators, innovators, and supporters in one place.
We want Mindset to be a life-changing product.
That is our responsibility - we’re putting everything we have into designing the perfect workplace headphones, tuning the sensors, and perfecting our algorithms. But we need your help - your feedback, suggestions, and above all, excitement - to help us build Mindset up to the potential it can be.
We’ve come a long way since we first began, but now we need you, the Kickstarter community, to join us on this journey. With your support, we’ll be able to scale up manufacturing, and make Mindset the experience we all want.
Back our project, share our page, and let’s make this happen!
We're a team of engineers-turned-entrepreneurs, who are incredibly passionate about tech, performance, and well-being. We've seen the transformative power of EEG, and we live for the day when it’s accessible to everyone. Our combined experience spans biomedical devices, neuroscience research, and artificial intelligence. Along with our team of advisors, partners - and you, our backers - we're more excited than ever to make Mindset a reality.
3 active dry electrodes: C3, Cz, C4 ~200k impedance
2 active dry reference electrodes: A1 & A2 ~100k impedance
EEG signal processing chipset 1uVPP noise floor Actively shielded wires Up to 16kHz sampling rate
8 hours continuous playback, ANC, and data streaming
EEG is a wonderful and complex technology, which we’ve spent over a year researching, tinkering with, and pushing the boundaries of. Everyone’s brain is different in subtle, but measurable ways. As such, there’s a risk that - despite countless hours of user testing - Mindset will not work to yours and my standards right out of the box. To combat this, we’re building calibration processes, collecting big data, designing test protocols, and allowing for real-time software updates in order to help improve Mindset over time. The more everyone uses Mindset, the smarter it gets, and the better we’ll be able to help.
We always hope there will be no manufacturing issues, but realistically we anticipate some anyway. While we made sure to build a safe margin for manufacturing difficulties into our delivery timeline, with tech like this you can’t predict everything. Running through all the proper tests - to make sure the headphones feel amazing, and the sensors work at peak performance - will take time. That’s why we made sure to partner with Onkyo, the best of the best in headphones, to make sure we deliver a quality product on time.