Do you ever wish you could just tap your smartphone and change your mood? Well, now you can. New mind-altering wearables are on the market. They trigger responses in your brain and make you feel happy and energized. Come and see what they're all about.
Mainstream mood changing wearables
There are quite a few of these mind altering headsets on the market made by some major manufacturers. But two in particular have been getting the most attention. Both seek to improve your mental and emotional life, but their methods are quite different.
Thync is a startup that focuses solely on its mood-changing wearable. Its product works by using neurostimulation on your temples and the back of your neck. The nerves it activates trigger adrenaline responses in the body and affect your energy or mood. You just strap it to your head and use the app to help you sleep, get you out of a lazy mood or get you motivated to exercise.
Muse, on the other hand, monitors your brain and calms you down when you are stressed out. It gives you feedback on what your mind is doing. If you are stressed and your brain is out of sorts, you are prompted to take meditation sessions with sounds that seek to calm you. It can even help you sleep.The app gives you feedback on your brain activity for a given time and you can set goals and change your state of mind as necessary.
Concerns about the technology
We do remain skeptical of the risks associated with mood-changing wearables. Thync seems especially risky because it uses electrical shocks to manipulate our senses. But the company has run tests and, at even the highest settings, reports that the feeling is akin to a 'freeze headache' you might feel while drinking a cold milkshake.
Muse's risks are less apparent since it seems less invasive. There is, however, the cost of not listening to your body when it's stressed and instead depending on an app. Meditation is also about being alone and using your active mind to focus and slow your thinking. This is something that could be lost with Muse.
The final concern is the danger of a dystopic world where machines control our moods. Of all the worries about this technology, this is the least to worry about. You can always just take the wearables off; nobody is forcing you to wear them.
What they can do for us
We're always looking for ways to better ourselves through technology and this is a great opportunity. Unfortunately, work is becoming more and more stressful for some of us. After-hours work email wasn't something we had to worry about so much in the past ,or at all. There is more competition and we are expected to be sharper for a longer amount of time during the day.
Many professions now require constant availability and finding some time just to unload can be difficult. That's where these devices could really help. You might not even need to set aside time in the future. You could instead just keep the wearable on all day. It may seem odd but it could be the best thing for everyone.
Our society could improve with this technology. If everyone is happier and more focused then we can expect some changes. Maybe there will be less mistakes made by workers. We could see cordial interactions among more relaxed people in better moods. Overall, I think these are a positive addition to our technological arsenal.
What do you think about mood changing wearables? Let us know in the comments.