Transforming science fiction into reality from the comfort of your living room

“Our headset makes brainwave data easily accessible to people outside the hospital, allowing for a more convenient, long-term monitoring option. People can wear our EEG headset in a natural environment where they behave normally, versus for a short period of time in a hospital where they might act differently since they are being observed,” says Wang

Abiosensor is a biological detection system consisting of a biological component combined with a transducer to perform measurement of a biochemical quantity. The development of biosensors started with the invention of enzyme electrodes by Leland C. Clark in 1962.

The global biosensors market size is anticipated to reach $33.76 billion by 2026 registering a CAGR of 8.1%, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Various applications in the medical field, high demand for miniature diagnostic devices, and rapid technological advancements are the key driving factors for biosensors market growth. Early and precise diagnosis is essential for successful prognosis of and survival of patients. In recent years, the demand for simple, disposable, user-friendly and cost-efficient devices with fast response time has increased extensively leading to increase in the sales of these products, thereby driving the market.

Continuous technological developments are also expected to boost the market. For instance, in 2015, Abbott Laboratories launched FreeStyle Libre Glucose Monitoring System in Europe. It is intended to be a replacement for blood glucose meters. Moreover, rising applications of thermal biosensors in biomolecular interaction and hybridization analysis, environmental monitoring, and cosmetic analysis are expected to boost the biosensors market growth. In addition, the development of nano particle-based electrochemical biosensors is expected to create growth opportunities for the key companies, thereby driving the market.

Ayesha Rashid from Mediworld me got a chance to discuss with Alyssa Wang, Developer Community Manager and Brain products Marketing Specialist of Neurosky technologies about how their new brainwave sensing headset works?

Tell us in detail about your Mind Wave 2? How does it work?

MindWave Mobile 2 EEG headsets are the culmination of decades of EEG biosensor technology research—all in one easy-to-control, wearable package. As the most affordable brainwave-reading EEG headset available,the MindWave Mobile 2 transform science fiction into reality from the comfort of your living room.

MindWave Mobile 2 works with MindWave Mobile apps and features several design improvements for your comfort. Flexible rubber sensor arms and rounded forehead sensor tip, T-shaped headband, and wider ear clip contacts make MindWave Mobile 2 our most comfortable EEG headset yet.

How does it revolutionize access to advanced brain waves?

Our headset makes brainwave data easily accessible to people outside of the hospital. It allows for a more convenient, long-term monitoring option, since it can be used for cheap and longitudinal data collection. People can wear our EEG headset in a natural environment where they behave normally, versus for a short period of time in a hospital where they might act differently since they are being observed.

How does it unlock solutions to health, wellness, etc.?

We have had our headsets used with apps to treat ADD/ ADHD, stress, and many others. Lately, we’ve been focusing on how our headset can help improve education through an app called Effective Learner. It uses the EEG headset to detect the user’s learning effectiveness and show it as 6 different color-coded levels, so they can gauge their effectiveness with a quick glance.

When they are effective, they can absorb more and retain more. If they are not effective, they can try changing their learning method, switching to a different task, or taking a rest. Inside the Effective Learner app is another function called Study Trainer. This portion implements a Finnish education technique, which involves cycles of work sprints and rest periods. The app measures when the user will absorb the most information and also lets the user know when it’s time for a break.

Describe its insightful metrics? How does it help in interacting with the outside world?

Using our brainwave sensor, we can measure the attention and impression level of our users.With these algorithms, Effective Learner measures how much engagement the user has with the information from an outside stimulus and reveals how this information is being registered in the user’s brain.

How does it promote improved focus, concentration, memory and mind activity?

People learn the best when they have feedback and can adjust their behavior accordingly. Whether it’s learning in a classroom, playing a game at home, or having a conversation with a friend, the MindWave Mobile 2 provides quantified feedback to its users in real time so they can improve their performance.