Today’s blog post is about the future of meditation and the possibilities that wearables such as the Moodmetric ring present.
One of the main reasons that people don’t meditate (other than lack of time) is that they don’t know how and are unsure if they are doing it right. With the advancement of technology there have been several steps towards overcoming these obstacles. The introduction of meditation audio tapes made meditation easier and affordable since it wasn’t necessary to find someone to teach you meditation. The internet and meditation apps have naturally continued this transformation of making meditation more accessible.
Dan Harris highlights (in the video below) the science behind meditation and predicts that meditation will be the next big public health revolution. I believe that wearable technology such as the Moodmetric ring will be a part of this transformation by making it easier to track meditation sessions and by providing feedback.
Example meditation with the Moodmetric ring meditation app
Below is a screenshot of a 10-minute meditation I did after spending over 10 hours helping out at a video shoot for our upcoming campaign. Its worth pointing out that the final version of the app will look different, and the algorithms and accuracy will still be improved. This session was on the train ride on my way home, using mindfulness meditation (i.e. concentrating on my breath), and with gentle sounds of waves coming out of my headphones.The total score I received for the session from our algorithm is 78.6/100, which is my best one so far as I just recently re-started meditating.
When our current algorithm for measuring meditation is started, the first few minutes are spent making adjustments so that the rest of the data will be as accurate as possible. After 3 minutes you can start to see the effects of thoughts entering my mind as I am entering a meditative state. Especially after 8 minutes there is a significant drop in my meditative state, which was caused by an announcement that I was only two trains stops away from my home station. This prompted a thought: “did I remember to set the timing of the meditation correctly?” to come into my head, but I was able to let this go fairly quickly.
What do you think? Would you like to track your meditation sessions in this way? Are wearables going to change the popularity of meditation?
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