Image source: Elemind

Elemind launches MIT-developed headband, promising faster, deeper sleep

Sleep tech company Elemind has unveiled its latest innovation: a headband designed to help users fall asleep faster and achieve more restful sleep. Developed by MIT scientists, the Elemind headband utilizes neuromodulation technology and artificial intelligence (AI) to guide brainwaves into deeper sleep patterns.

Neuromodulation and AI: The future of sleep?

The headband, made of a blend of polyamide and spandex fabric with a silicone rubber electrode, weighs a mere 60 grams. Below the hood are five EEG electrodes to monitor brain activity and a 3D accelerometer to track movement. Its battery provides over nine hours of session time and can be fully charged in three hours.

Unlike traditional sleep trackers, Elemind actively intervenes in the sleep process. The headband’s EEG electrodes monitor brain activity and deliver precise audio cues designed to shift the brain from wakeful states into sleep mode. These audio signals are transmitted through a bone conduction driver, ensuring the user can hear them even while lying down.

Elemind’s technology doesn’t stop at stimulation. Its AI Sleep Tailor feature learns the user’s individual sleep patterns over time, adapting its approach for personalized sleep optimization. A future update promises Deep Sleep Stimulation, aiming to further enhance sleep quality by boosting time spent in deep sleep.

Elemind headband
Image source: Elemind

Promising clinical trials, But questions remain

Elemind boasts impressive clinical trial results, claiming that its headband helped 76% of participants fall asleep faster. However, as with any new technology, the long-term efficacy and potential side effects remain to be seen. Nevertheless, its innovative approach and promising clinical trial data make it a noteworthy development in the field of sleep technology.

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Having said that, we do see some potential drawbacks that should be considered. The headband’s price point of $349, coupled with a $6.99 monthly subscription fee, may be a barrier for some consumers. It does all add up. While pre-order customers receive a free year of the subscription, the ongoing cost could be a significant factor for consideration. 

Additionally, this is a headband. Meaning, it is something you need to wear on your head while you sleep. This may not appeal to everyone, as some may find it uncomfortable or cumbersome to wear throughout the night.

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Marko Maslakovic

Marko founded Gadgets & Wearables in 2014, having worked for more than 15 years in the City of London’s financial district. Since then, he has led the company’s charge to become a leading information source on health and fitness gadgets and wearables.

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