Melon focus headband turns to Kickstarter for rollout plans

May 17, 2013 by Nancy Owano weblog
Melon focus headband turns to Kickstarter for rollout plans

(Medical Xpress)—What if the quality of your work depends more on your focus on the piano keys or canvas or laptop than your musical or painting or computing skills? If target users can be convinced, they will make generous use of the Melon headband with its three electrodes placed against the forehead to track their mental concentration. This is a Kickstarter project. The Melon makers set a $100,000 goal to effect a full production run. At the time of this writing, they drew in $109,739. What is being offered is a headband and mobile app designed to help the person measure concentration and understand the person's focus highs and lows and try to improve.

The headband uses (EEG) to monitor . "Melon measures this global electrical activity by placing three electrodes on the forehead region, with the primary electrode on FP1. This allows Melon to monitor brainwave activity in the pre-frontal cortex," according to the makers. Melon partnered with NeuroSky in . The NeuroSky chip is embedded in the device. "We have partnered with a top producer of processing chips to access the best available algorithms for mental state detection."

According to Melon's team, the NeuroSky chip being used filters out the ambient waves present in most uncontrolled conditions and measures in any condition with 96% accuracy relative to similarly configured research grade EEGs.

The headband has a molded rubber exterior lined with neoprene. The headband is charged using micro-USB and it lasts about eight hours on a single charge.

As for the smartphone app, the user tells Melon what the activity is, and it will learn how well you focus on that activity. Melon's app delivers personalized tips (optional) when your focus dips too low (e.g., "Try taking deep breaths"). Insights appear at the ends of sessions and are stored as trends. The Melon team plans to make a SDK available for developers.

The price, at a Kickstarter introductory discount, starts at $79. Melon's team are Arye Barnehama and Laura Michelle Berman, former cognitive science students at Pomona College, and lead electrical engineer, Janus Ternullo.

Explore further: Bitter melon juice prevents pancreatic cancer in mouse models

More information:

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Can physical exercise enhance long-term memory?

November 25, 2015

Exercise can enhance the development of new brain cells in the adult brain, a process called adult neurogenesis. These newborn brain cells play an important role in learning and memory. A new study has determined that mice ...

Brain connections predict how well you can pay attention

November 24, 2015

During a 1959 television appearance, Jack Kerouac was asked how long it took him to write his novel On The Road. His response – three weeks – amazed the interviewer and ignited an enduring myth that the book was composed ...

New insights on how cocaine changes the brain

November 25, 2015

The burst of energy and hyperactivity that comes with a cocaine high is a rather accurate reflection of what's going on in the brain of its users, finds a study published November 25 in Cell Reports. Through experiments conducted ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.