We have seen apps and features that let you play songs according to your mood. But often the mood-based songs played through these apps and how you actually feel don’t match.. It makes me wish for a device that can read my brain and play music.
Well, brain-reading company Neurosity has released a new device that fits that description. The gadget, called the Crown, is the successor to the company’s Notion device, released last year.
The Crown comes with the Neurosity Music Shift app which works with your Spotify premium account to track your brain activity while you listen to songs. Based on your brain’s reaction to a song, the app will automatically suggest more songs. These song recommendations will change depending on the activity you choose; for example, concentrate, work or relax.
Neurosity also has a dedicated portal to show you the readings from a Spotify session. It basically displays brain readings to indicate when you’ve lost your focus. The device takes several readings per minute. So if you listen to an hour long session and only lose your focus a few times, it means you’ve been very productive.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen EEG readers try to recommend music. In January 2018, Imec presented its solution at the Consumer Electronics Show. However, it was never made available to the consumer.
The form factor of the new device is similar to that of the Notion. But it has better flexible rubber sensors for getting EEG (electroencephalogram) readings – it’s the electrical activity of your brain. These sensors cover all four lobes of the brain to collect precise readings.
The Crown also has a 1.8 GHz quad-core processor to process all data. You can use it for three hours straight with a single charge. And it fully recharges in 30 minutes via a customer charging platform. Additionally, Neurosity has included an NFC chip, so you can pair the device with just a tap.
The company doesn’t want you to get a device just with the music app. It has a custom Linux-based operating system and an SDK that allows developers to build new apps to use Crown.
During a call with TNW, co-founder of the startup, Alex Castillo, said he plans to create an app store to easily download apps to use the Crown in a number of ways. He added that companies like Drowzee are already developing new solutions to reduce insomnia using data from the device.
Castillio said that in its current form, the device helps you become 3% more focused and productive during a session:
While 3% doesn’t seem like a lot, imagine how much time you could save by being a lot more productive in a year. Plus, our upcoming mobile and desktop app notification blocking features will only add to that number.
The crown is available for pre-order starting today and will ship in May for a retail price of $ 899. While the price tag may seem steep for a brain reading device intended solely for streaming music, the company is confident that developers and creators will recognize its added value.
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Published March 16, 2021 – 11:01 UTC