Are we in control of our emotions, or do they control us? It’s one of the biggest questions surrounding the human psyche.
Now, for the first time, it seems that technology might provide consumers with a tangible way to affect their own mental state — to a certain extent. New improvement in haptic feedback and sensory technology have allowed tech companies to develops products that can help influence your emotions, or even alter them completely.
We took a look at three bold products that are either in the crowdfunding stage or already on the market.
Doppel is as unique as it is disguisable. The mood altering device looks like any other smartwatch out on the market today, but when you take a closer look, you see something completely different is happening.
According to the company’s website, “Doppel is a new breed of psychophysiology wearable product that can increase or slow down your heartbeat rate, just like music.”
The new wearable device uses a haptic feedback system between an app on your phone and the device itself. The wristwatch delivers physical vibrations that the user can adjust to help control heart rhythm.
This new wearable head band is looking to completely revolutionize the way you meditate. And it’s doing a pretty awesome job.
The sleek headband, called Muse, is connected via bluetooth to your phone or tablet. From there, as well as the beginning of each session, you will perform a brain exercise so Muse can evaluate your brain functions before moving into the meditation phase.
Now here is were to cool part comes in. Your brain activity during meditation is translated into the sounds of wind. If you are feeling particularly calm and collected, the winds will be soft and settled. If you are mind is active, then the winds will pick up and blow.
If you are looking for a quick emotional pick-me-up, or maybe you are feeling a little too happy and want to drop that back down, then the new Thync product might be for you.
The Thync System comes with the new wearable device that attaches from the back of the neck, over your ear and slightly above the brow line. Is it a headband? We aren’t too sure, but what we do know is that the device applies low-level electrical currents to the brain. The technique is called transcranial direct current stimulation, and it already has some neurologist worried about over using the product.
The Thync system comes with a pretty hefty price tag, around $299, and is currently for sale on the Thync website.
The market is still relatively new for these products, so it will be interesting to see how well they take off in 2016. With PFOE (Printed, Flexible, and Organic Electronics) technology on the rise, the surge of new devices with heavy sensory technology will be sure to come.