November 26, 2003

Soothing Brain Wave Inducer for Pocket PCs

PDA's continue to become even more "personal". First there was the RayNet Personal Massager for the Handspring Visor PDA's, which sparked some interesting discussions about its uses.

Now, CNet News reports a Korean company has developed the Peeg, or "personal electroencephalogram," for Pocket PCs.

Peeg supposedly stimulates different types of brain waves by sending positive waves to the wearer. From CNet, "the Peeg consists of a software application for Microsoft Pocket PC, headphones and a set of silver eyeglasses that look like the sort of thing triathletes wear. The lenses are made of opaque plastic. When the PDA application is set on "concentration," rhythmic pinging sounds are heard in the earphones while lights flash off and on inside the glasses. Users close their eyes, so they only faintly perceive the light pulses. The frequency of the pings and the lights are meant to be synchronized so that they induce brain waves of the same frequency."

By altering one's brain wave frequencies, its developers are claiming that Peeg can alter moods, improve memorization, and even induce relaxation, sleep, vitality and jet-lag recovery. If it works, this could be useful after a stressful day or while traveling. Naturally, the skeptic in me wonders how difficult it would be to program it to send subliminal messages...

Topic(s):   Mobile Tech & Gadgets
Posted by Jeff Beard