It’s so easy to get distracted these days when we really need to focus. A new set of glasses may hold the key to honing your concentration. These glasses aren’t prescription strength; they actually darken when you become unfocused which trains your brain to concentrate so the lenses stay clear. Perhaps calling them glasses is a bit of a misnomer. It’s actually the Narbis wearable neurofeedback device. Narbis is hoping to take the focus-improving science of neurofeedback out of a clinical setting and bring it to everyone through Kickstarter.
Neurofeedback is the science of brainwaves and the brain’s adaptability to stimulation. Brainwaves create different patterns when we are “in the zone,” and the brain can be coaxed to replicate those patterns until they become natural.
Narbis is the brainchild of neuroscientist Devon Greco, who comes from a family of neuroscientists who helped inspire him. Greco created a user-friendly interface for his device using an Android app which allows you to see your EEG readout and watch your brainwaves on your smartphone or tablet. Narbis wants to do more than help you focus. It has settings that can help you sleep deeply, calm down and ease anxiety, and get in the zone of peak performance. You can track up to ten different user profiles on one device, so your whole family can benefit from a single headset.
These glasses are designed to train your brainwaves without any real effort on your part. If you get distracted, your glasses are engineered to darken to the point of blackout. Your brain is then supposed to revert back to the desired brain wave pattern that kept the glasses clear because your brain will be naturally driven to see.
Neurofeedback isn’t new technology. It has been used for decades to treat ADHD, anxiety, and learning disabilities. Before the Narbis glasses, neurofeedback was available only in a clinical setting with an exceedingly high price tag. This kept neurofeedback out of most people’s hands. Greco is even opening up a platform for developers to conduct research or develop applications for the Narbis, truly bringing the technology to everyone.