Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Melon: Understand Yourself Better With This High-Tech Headband

Melon is a brainwave monitoring headband and mobile app that makes the invisible activity of your mind visible. By turning focus into something measurable and understandable, Melon helps you learn differently and know yourself better. The Melon headband uses EEG to listen to the electrical activity naturally emitted by your brain and then transfers the data to the mobile app. Along with information about your location, who you're with, and anything else relevant to your mental state, you can see what's helping or hurting your focus. Personalized real-time feedback lets you know when you need to take a break and teaches you how to improve.

Melon can also help you prepare for a performance or event. The app's Tune section provides tips that quickly guide you to your desired mental state, be it confidence, relaxation, or focus. Additionally, you can use Melon to train your brain to focus, meditate, and relax better. Melon's first training game lets you fold origami with your mind. The faster you reach your desired mental state and the longer you sustain it, the faster you can complete a fold.

The core Melon team consists of founders Arye Barnehama and Laura Michelle Berman and lead electrical engineer Janus Ternullo. Their goal is to help people understand themselves better through human-centered products. Barnehama, Berman, and Ternullo have combined their backgrounds in computer science, cognitive science, electrical engineering, and measurement devices to help people improve their focus and be more confident and productive in their daily lives.

Melon was successfully funded on Kickstarter in mid-2013 and is scheduled to ship this year. If you missed the Kickstarter campaign but would like your own brainwave tracking headband, you can still pre-order one for $149 on Melon's website. Melon has been featured in Inc., Forbes, Mashable, TechCrunch, Bloomberg, and Harvard Business Review.

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