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MyndPlay: Explained

MyndPlay has built upon the EEG technology which has existed for many years – their contribution to the technology is their development of the software that allows users to experience the content through a simple-to-use interface.

To have a better understanding of how an audience member or user of the MyndPlay technology will experience the story, it would be prudent to have an understanding of what the technology does and how it works.

MyndPlay is a revolutionary product that makes use of electroencephalogram (EEG) technology. The medical industry uses this technology however there are now several companies around the globe working on using EEG feedback technology for other means. Many researchers are looking to use it as a tool to see how humans can train and develop their brain to do certain things.

Companies such as Interaxon (based out of Toronto) and NeuroSky (in Silicon Valley) are creating brain training exercises to use in tandem with headsets that measure the brain’s activity.

MyndPlay is designed to provide an avenue for movie producers, educators, and coaches to create content that gives audiences, students, and athletes a means to have a new kind of experience.

The MyndPlayer software is a video player unlike any other video player on the market. It actually tracks the brain waves as a person is watching content.

Users interact with content accessed through the MyndPlayer software which is connected to headsets that utilize EEG brain-computer interface (BCI) technology. The MyndPlayer platform and the Mind Interactive Media Experience (MIME) technology facilitates the communication between the media player and the medical-grade headsets.

MyndPlayer Software
The three dials on the bottom left are measuring the mental state of the user.

The red meter displays the level of attention or focus, the blue meter displays the level of relaxation, and the green meter meter measures the combination of both states.

The value of all meters ranges from 0 to 100. If the feedback shows a person is closer to 100%, then a user is more relaxed or focused.

A person’s emotional and mental state can be determined easily through the electrical activity of the brain. The interactions between neurones create a small electrical discharge which can be measured by EEG machines. The information provided by the electrical discharge is called feedback.

The headsets sit on the forehead of a user because the pre-frontal cortex is where higher levels of thinking occur in the brain.

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Feedback from the pre-frontal cortex will provide insights into one’s emotions, concentration levels, and overall mental state. There are specific ranges of Hertz (Hz) that measure different activity.

8 to 12 Hz, also known as Alpha Waves, reveal data about a person’s relaxation or level of calmness. A person who is using their intuition, creative mind, is daydreaming, or is relaxed will have more Alpha waves. These will have a lower amplitude.

12 to 30 Hz, also known as Beta Waves, reveal data about a person’s concentration. Beta waves are associated with the conscious mind. These waves have a high frequency and high amplitude when a person is actively making decisions, using reason, and focused. The waves will appear more asymmetric and will have a higher amplitude if a person is stressed or anxious because thoughts are not consistent.

When a person is dreaming or meditating, the feedback from a headset will show Theta waves. Delta waves are associated with coma patients or a person in a deep rapid eye movement sleep or REM sleep.

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