London-based artist Aiste Noreikaite has developed a high-tech device that translates neural processes into sound in real time using EEG technology. According to Noreikaite, the Experience Helmet, which looks like an ordinary white motorcycle helmet, creates an “audible reflection of one’s personal experience of the present moment.” The sounds inside the helmet become higher when users have clear minds, and faster and more rhythmic when they focus on particular subjects.
The Experience Helmet is a device designed to work as a real-time interface between the human mind and sound synthesis. By letting the user to hear how his own brain works, Experience Helmet is seeking to enhance self-awareness because all you hear is yourself. The information is received through an EEG sensor that reads user body’s natural bio-signals from the brain and outputs them as a power spectrum of alpha, beta, theta and delta waves along with eSense meters for attention and meditation. The Experience Helmet uses those signals as control messages to shape pure sine waves and reflect the person’s mental state with sound. It can be used as a tool to get to know the executive control system of the mind or as a ‘soundtrack’ to different experiences that are gained while wearing the helmet.