Taking Tech From Cool To World-Changing

By Nancy Dahlberg
The Miami Herald

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Ariel Garten, a neuroscientist, shares her story about creating wearable technology.

The Miami Herald

It may be cool to use your mind to control your beer tap, and technology could help you do that. But what’s really more important: The instant beer — or using technology to make your brain healthier, stronger, better?

That’s what Ariel Garten and her team at InteraXon had to decide, she told the Masters of Tomorrow Summit on Wednesday. The Toronto-based company created wearable technology that measures brain activity.

In 2010, audience members at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver demonstrated the power of their brain waves, used with InteraXon’s technology, to turn on and off the lights of the CN Tower in Toronto. Other uses: turning on your own lights or opening your beer tap.

InteraXon changed course, and its product, called Muse, now is a product for the mindful. The popular teched-out headband lets the wearer know the optimal brain activity for meditation, which science has proven helps the brain.

With the headband on, “you can hear your mind as you meditate,” Garten said. “Once you can hear your mind is calm, it guides you through the meditation.”

Garten, a neuroscientist, shared her story at the Lightbox Theater in Wynwood on Wednesday, where speaker after speaker showed what’s possible with innovative thinking and why the time has never been better for making technology that can change the world.

Or perhaps change the way we travel. Bluesmart’s suitcase will let you know where it is if it gets mis-routed at the airport, and it will send you a message — hey, don’t forget me — if you start to walk away from the cab without it. And satisfying that nagging feeling that you may have forgotten to lock your suitcase is no problem with its digital lock controlled from your smartphone.

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