Neeuro: Ultimate Brain Training Wearable and Games (Indiegogo)

Fund-raising Pitch for a new product

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“Neeuro has created the “Ultimate Mind Stimulation Solution” for everyone. It includes a mobile application containing “Neuro-cognitive Training” games, together with a headband that measures your brain waves.

Most of us have parents or grandparents that we observe slowing down as they age. Those of us with children, want the best for their early development. With neuroscientists, game developers and other amazing people, we came together with a vision to create a product that is truly measurable, giving continuous feedback on your brain activities to strengthen your mind.

We wanted a fun, entertaining and affordable product that can be enjoyed by anyone. It’s simple. Wear the headband, play your chosen game and enjoy the benefits in improving your cognitive functions.

We created a unique solution that is a combination of an application and a hardware sensor that measures your brain waves. Its patented design comes with 6 sensors to ensure high accuracy in capturing your brain waves.

Understanding your brain waves while you’re playing the games is the KEY to ensuring your mind is stimulated. Recognize the areas that you need a boost in, such as Attention, Memory, or Spatial skills. Having better Attention helps you stay focused, concentrate on getting things done and ignoring distractions.

A better Memory helps you to remember things like names and faces in your everyday life. And having better Spatial skills helps you to understand the space around you, to read maps and to understand directions better.

We have been working on this for more than 2 years. Our collaboration with renowned research institutes ensures that our solution is safe and effective. Keep your loved ones actively engaged, keep their minds active and give them all the opportunity for a healthier mind. Your support will allow us to manufacture the hardware so we can make this readily available to you and your loved ones.

Thank you in advance for your generosity, as you take this first step towards achieving a healthier mind and a happier life.”

As found on Youtube

Wild Divine: the early grand mix of mind, heart, and spirit


It was more than 10 years ago when I started seeing ads on the back of psychology and meditation magazines of the day such as Spirituality & Health (still with us). There in great graphic design was a woman tackling meditation with multiple sensors, results arrayed on a laptop. Cool.

The advertising was for a new system with an intriguing but improbable name, Wild Divine. It used a combination sensor types, heretofore note combined in a consumer device.

Wild Divine was the strange but intriguing name of a new consumer-oriented biofeedback system. I knew I would get one as soon as I could because I assumed that Wild Divine wouldn’t survive. Inner work equipment comes and then fades and I could see Wild Divine doing the same. Hurry, order one of everything. Wild Divine hit like a wave, in terms of advertising, but would it last?

Many people had been looking for something that was a high-quality biofeedback system but didn’t have the dry, boring, displays of clinical setups. We wanted something beyond watching bar graph displays or star-ships racing each other.

Wild Divine combined biofeedback with fantasy- laden games as can be seen here:

Wild Divine continues strong today, adding more challenges and advancing to online platforms. Its base of brand-name supporters has grown and…

For those who want a more clinical look, ….Healing Rhythms….

For more info from the company itself, see Wild Divine.

Breathing with Spire

(A post from Wired Meditation)

This would seem totally incredible if we were in the early years of biofeedback, say the 1960s: consumer focused, affordable, and wearable biofeedback instruments. A dream then, a reality now.

In recent years, we have seen the steady growth of such devices. First it started with heart-rate monitors for runners and then it went into many sleep tracking devices, from watches to bedside EEG monitors to beds holding bio-monitoring hardware.

Now we have the first breathing monitors. As we have discussed before, breathing is very powerful force in determining our mental states and our mental states are a powerful force in determining our body state through our way of breathing. A new device, Spire, is a good start of what I hope will be an extensive wave of breathing monitoring.

Spire, What is It?

Tracking breathing has required: wearing a sensor built around the chest or holding your nose next to the microphone of a smartphone so it can hear inhales and exhales. Spire has moved all sensing to hardware only slightly larger than a 25 cent piece.

Taking a cue from all of those advertising photos for spas and yoga centers, the makers of Spire have made their device look like a small flat stone. The stone-like device has a large clip that allows clipping Spire to your pants/belt-loop area or to the center strap of a bra. That’s it. Once on, it is all ready for monitoring.

Breathing movement is captured by the stone and data are sent to a the phone app where it is decoded and turned into a usable display.It should be noted that Spire concentrates our breathing when we are still as sitting around or resting. Not stock still but not up moving around, either. When we are still and our breathing moves into a tracked zone (Tense, Calm, or Focused), data are summarized and we can be buzzed by Spire that we have been in one of those zones. If we are alerted that we are in the Tense Zone, we can choose to relax or use a 3 minute exercise on the app. This works the same for the other two zones, Calm and Focused.

Zones are determined by how many breaths we take per minute and how consistent the movement of those breaths are across a few minutes. If our breathing is slow and smooth, we are in the Calm Zone.  If it is faster but smooth, we are in Focus and if our breathing is fast and choppy, we are Tense.

Thoughts on Spire

I’ve been using Spire for about a month now and I like it. I first set it to buzz me when I was Tense. Many times, I wasn’t perceiving I was under any special stress. Clearly, my body was seeing things differently.  Now, I’m following Spire’s heads-up and trusting my body has it right and I need to back off with a few moments of deep, slow breathing.

Tracking Focus is an exciting possibility.  Beyond real-time alerting when we are in Focus, Spire includes guided breathing session of a few minutes to shift us there. If I pay attention to the alerts and do the practice sessions, I should be able to learn the secret of calling up Focus.

One capability I wish was included is the ability to have Spire simply show breaths per minute so a person could work towards specific breaths per minute target. Getting the breath under 10 bpm is beneficial for lowering blood pressure and is relaxing. Going deeper, down to 6 bpm conveys additional health benefits and is very relaxing. Throwing in a timer and an optional guided session to do this would be a valuable improvement.

I recommend getting Spire, but its real potential will only become realized by wearing the device daily and giving it dedicated attention and doing the guided sessions. The device is well made, easy to pair to your phone, easy to recharge, and stays put wherever you clip it. (Note: I do not receive any compensation from Spire or through its purchase at the link below).

$149

Links:
Spire website

Video below: The developer of Spire, Neema Moraveji, P.hD., talks about breathing and the development of Spire.