A British tech start up is promising to you a longer, happier life, with the aid of small device and an app that turns you into an instant master of meditation. Stuart McDill reports.
Preparing to become a master of meditation - with no training. Alison Mulligan is a London based recruiter - volunteering to try BioSelf Technology's 'Sensate' - a device and app designed to send her into a state of deep relaxation. She's listening to specially composed music through headphones, while holding a low frequency device to her chest. SOUNDBITE (English) FOUNDER AND CEO OF BIOSELF STEFAN CHMELIK SAYING: "The soundwaves which Sensate delivers are half audible through the headphones and these use special techniques like natural sounds and binaural beats to slow down the body's metabolic processes, the brain, the breathing, the heart rate. And then half delivered through the device itself on the chest as near infrasonic, low frequency soundwaves. So these gentle pulsations feel very pleasant and they relax all the structures inside and underneath where the device is being used, so the heart, the lungs, the nerves around there and the diaphragm." Sensate monitors and analyses biometric data such as heart rate, respiration, posture and body temperature and transmits readings wirelessly to the user's smartphone. SOUNDBITE (English) ALISON MULLIGAN REACTING TO 'SENSATE' EXPERIENCE SAYING: "It's a very relaxing experience which is in and of itself nothing short of miraculous bearing in mind that I'm lying in a room with an eye mask on surrounded by people that I don't know, it was still massively relaxing." BioSelf call Sensate a novel way of countering stress with some soundwaves affecting the brain and breathing, while other frequencies relax muscles and nerves in the chest. SOUNDBITE (English) FOUNDER AND CEO OF BIOSELF STEFAN CHMELIK SAYING: "Human beings have used low frequency sound waves to soothe this emergency adrenal response for a very low time from chanting, singing, drumming, omming. So what appears to happen by playing low frequency sound waves of a particular type through the chest is that the organs and the nerves associated with go into a relaxation response. It's probably the same reason a baby goes to sleep in the back of a car, it's probably the reason the cat like to going to sleep on top of the washing machine. There's something innately soothing and relaxing about certain types of low frequency sound waves." It's not the only hi-tech meditation device out there, but Bioself thinks Sensate moves the art of relaxation onto a higher plane. They've started crowd funding to develop the product for commercial sale later this year at a target price of $250 USD.