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Hack Your Brain: Make Your Own Mind Machine

Submitted by on June 6, 2007 – 10:51 pm 675 views No Comment

Make Magazine recently featured on article on how to create your own mind machine.

“This weekend, learn how to hack your brain by making Mitch Altman’s Brain Machine! It flashes LEDs into your eyes and beeps sounds into your ears to make your brain waves sync up into beta, alpha, theta, and delta brainwaves!

Mitch invents cool things that make the world a better place. He’s well known for the TV-B-GONE and this brain machine is his latest project. One of the cool things about this project, is that it builds on an open source project. Mitch used Lady Ada‘s open source MiniPOV and switched out LEDs and added new capacitors and resistors and then rewrote the firmware to make it into the brain machine. It’s super cool when people make hardware open source so that others can work with it!”

I’ve been interested in entrainment for a long time (starting with my research on Hemi-Sync in my teenage years).  I’ve experimented quite a bit with audio entrainment, but have yet to play around with any visually-oriented devices.  If I’m feeling adventurous some weekend I may try out this “hack” and use Mitch’s recipe.

In the meantime, can any of you Zaadzters out there recommend a good mind machine?

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