Have you ever wondered the best way to tailor your services to meet the needs of the congregation?
Perhaps Neurosky‘s ‘mindwave’ headset (WIRED UK 07/11 p28) may be the way to monitor the levels of attention and relaxation of your audience during a preach or other parts of a service?
Neurosky claim that the mindwave measures brain wave activity with 96% of the precision of a standard electroencephalogram (EEG). The headset feeds back on how your brainwaves behave and apps such as Speed Math help you to train your brain.
Stanley Yang, Neurosky’s CEO says “it’s like a private tutor that understands your mind and gives you tasks that are tailor-made to your capabilities”.
Stanford University’s sleep lab is using the headset to pre-vet test subjects and the US olympic archery team uses it to get “in the zone” during training. At only £88 each it’s no wonder they have already sold one million units with an expected five million to ship in 2011.
I can see a number of great uses for the mindwave with my youth group – perhaps the designers of Granny’s Bible Dojo (an app that helps you remember the books of the bible) can make a version for the mindwave?
I believe there is huge potential for this product in schools and Christians should not miss out on providing apps with a religious theme.
I think someone should buy a bunch of these and tour the country’s churches doing a piece of research that proves the ideal length for a sermon is 8 minutes (NB: this figure is based on my own experience and attention span).
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
How could Neurosky’s mindwave be used to research / tailor services?
Could the product be used with children to provide more interactive sunday school activities?
Can someone buy one for my Birthday (tomorrow) so I can look like OB1 in Revenge of the Sith?
How long will it be before they put these in your car-seat’s headrest so you know when you’re too tired to be driving?