These Mind-reading Headphones Can Keep You Stress-free and Increase Productivity

The MW75-Neuro headphones combine neuroscience with audio engineering.
The MW75-Neuro headphones combine neuroscience with audio engineering.

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Here’s what adding neural sensors on the MW75’s earpads can do.

The MW75-Neuro headphones, a product of the collaboration between Master & Dynamic and Neurable, aim to redefine the listening experience with their groundbreaking ‘mind-reading’ technology.

These headphones use an integrated Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) to read the wearer’s brainwaves and provide valuable insights to enhance focus, reduce stress, and optimize mental well-being.

“The greatest advancement of audio technology over the last decade has been the migration from analog to Bluetooth wireless devices. Moving now into brain sensing thrusts the industry into a new wave of innovation.” said Jonathan Levine, Founder & CEO of Master & Dynamic.

What the MW75-Neuro Headphones Can Do

Tracked focus scores shown on the Neurable app
Tracked focus scores shown on the Neurable app

The MW75-Neuro are equipped with EEG sensors integrated into the headphones’ ear cushions. These track the user’s brainwaves which are then transmitted and analyzed via the Nurable app.

This technology can currently be used in multiple ways, such as:

Focus tracking and optimization

By using neural sensors and advanced signal processing algorithms, the MW75-Neuro can measure your focus levels. With these measurements, your headphones will automatically adjust some of your settings to help you stay in the zone.

For example, the headphones can automatically activate noise cancellation and set your phone to “Do Not Disturb” mode when they detect that you’re reaching your peak focus time.

Stress detection and burnout prevention

In addition to focus tracking, the MW75-Neuro headphones can recognize signs of stress based on the wearer’s brainwave patterns. This allows users to become more aware of their stress levels and take necessary breaks to prevent burnout.

The app also sends alerts when you need “Brain Breaks” the moment the headphones detect that you need to recharge.

Research has found that people who took small, frequent breaks experienced increased work engagement, improved work quality, and a more positive attitude toward their work.

Performance tracking and insights

While the Neurable app provides real-time tracking, all data about the whole work is also stored through the app. With a press of a button, the headphones will give you a detailed analysis of your work session.

This report highlights your peak focus times along with a ‘focus score’ and the periods when you experienced the most stress. You can use this information to plan out your work day better, identify when to rest, and develop your habits.

The companies assure the users that all data is securely stored in an encrypted and de-identified form, ensuring user privacy.

Additional Features and Specs

Close look at the MW75-Neuro (From: Neurable)
Close look at the MW75-Neuro (From: Neurable)

The MW75-Neuro stand out not only for their neurotechnology but also for their audio specs. Here are a few notable features:

  • Angled 40mm Beryllium-coated drivers designed to produce rich, warm sound, similar to the original MW75 headphones.
  • Bluetooth 5.2 with SBC, AAC, and aptX Adaptive codec support
  • Up to 32 hours of battery life (28 hours with ANC and neuro tracking)
  • Three active noise-canceling modes: Adaptive ANC for automatic adjustments, Max for noisy environments, and All-Day for power-saving.
  • Customizable EQ and access to Ambient Listening modes through the M&D Connect app.

Availability and Pricing

Available for pre-order at the Neurable website, the MW75-Neuro come in four color options: onyx, silver, olive, and navy for $649. These are expected to be released before the end of March 2024.

The MW75-Neuro headphones received the CES 2024 Innovation Award.

Future Implications

Neurable and Master & Dynamic are still developing more intriguing applications of the current technology.

“These novel capabilities are just the beginning, with several intriguing features already in the works for future products.” said Master & Dynamic in their press release.

For example, at the CES 2024, Neurable showed a test video. It featured a subject silently mouthing words like “skip track” or “pause music” while listening to music. The headphones then triggered these actions based on the mouthed commands.

This showcases how the MW75-Neuro can potentially enable voice assistants like Siri and Google Assistant to respond to near-thought commands.

Another possibility is how this technology could simplify switching between listening to a conversation and resuming music. The headphones could automatically recognize what you’re trying to focus on and adjust accordingly.

“Imagine a world where everyday devices become integral to our health and daily interactions when combined with brain data. From seamlessly controlling your devices to identifying health conditions, Neurable’s AI is paving the way for a future where brain data is easily accessible, reliable, and part of everyday life. ” – Dr. Ramses Alcaide, CEO & Co-Founder, Neurable

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