© 2017  Andriana Nassou

TECHNOLOGY

How can we adjust technology to humans rather than adjusting humans to technology?

The XHA technology is amplifying our own

biosignals to help us maintain our focus during meditation.

A step closer towards interactive mindfulness and a future of humane technology.

Wearable technology aims to improve our lifestyles usually through providing quantitative data. But our brain tends to struggle to process data inorder to achieve behavioural changes. Thus a full sensory system has been developed to inform the decision making process and

behaviour.

 

Instead of feeding our brains with data can we use the natural body mechanisms to affect our minds through our senses?

 

Breathing is the only body function that we can actively control and thus we can influence our state of mind. Breathing has been used in meditation as a way to stay focused.

Through our collaboration with Takafumi Kawakami, head priest of Shinkoin Temple in Kyoto, it became apparent that our attention span becomes shorter and that novice meditators tend to struggle to maintain their focus during meditation.

 XHa technology focuses on using the breathing as a way to help users maintain their focus during meditation. Through real-time biosignal monitoring, XHA is able to detect loss of focus of the users. When the mind starts wondering, the sound of their own breathing is amplified through headphones that works intuitively as a reminder to bring their attention back to their breath and their practice.

 

In this way XHA becomes a tool that helps users to learn the skill of staying focused using their body signals.

 

The technology has been tested to dozens of users from around the world and a paper was published outlining the findings at Ubicomp Conference in 2017in Hawai.

Featured in:

NZZ 

Results bublished at:

UBICOMP conference 2017