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New for schools: Drone Control

Yes, that’s right. From steering wheelchairs and cars to turning on lights to dialing mobile phone numbers with your thoughts … and now this!

In NSW from February, every school incursion for years 7-10 + Biology (term 4) will include one or two students per group nominated to fly our special indoor drone.
Now this isn’t easy and it takes ‘Theta’ or ‘Beta’ control that most struggle with. We’ll admit, we’ve crashed it several times.
It must be flown indoors as if not it will end up in New Zealand, yet the drone has a wire cage surround so that students can catch it easily and safely. It’s safe, fun and fairly impossible to break (we hope).
Only one  or two students per group will have a turn and they’ll need to show some skill at mind control during other activities.

Before #alco-off-365

Before embarking on my 365 days of dryness, I wrote down some numbers and feelings. My answers are in blue.

⇒ How did I physically feel on a scale of 1-10 + description?
On a scale of 1-10 I felt a 6. Muscle aches and not handling the gym as normal. Sciatica driving me crazy.
⇒ How was my social life on a scale of 1-10 + description?
On a scale of 1-10 my social life was a 7. Pretty good. However, nearly every aspect of my social life revolved around alcohol. This worried me.
⇒ How did I feel on waking up on a scale of 1-10 + description?
On a scale of 1-10, I’d mostly wake up feeling a 6 and take an hour and 2 x coffees to spark up. Sometimes I felt a 7 or 8 while at other times a 5. The average would be a 6.
⇒ Did I regard my memory and cognitive function as worse, same or better?
My pre-#alco-off-365 cognitive function was  pretty good yet often my memory was terrible. I put it down to stress.
⇒ Did I regard my sleep as worse, same or better?
My sleep pre-#alco-off-365 was pretty good yet I knew that on the nights I didn’t have wine with dinner I’d get very tired and be in bed by 8.30.

Dogs and brainwaves

During Neuroscience in the Pub on November 7, we put the EEG on Albert – a friendly and very patient 3-year old Groodle (Golden Retriever x Poodle) . 20161107_191401
Getting a signal through all that fur wasn’t easy but he eventually stood still long enough for quite a solid signal to register on our brain visualiser.
The result? Albert had brainwaves the same as we do yet not every type of brainwave was evident. Albert showed lots of Theta waves (brown/orange) which is a very relaxed and quiet, focused wave in humans. He had a tiny amount of beta (pink – concentration) and some Gamma (white – excitement). Mainly though, Albert showed waves within the 4-7Hz range depicting deep focus – almost meditative. See the video by clicking HERE.

Albert's brain. Lots of brown (theta) shows a fairly relaxed pup
Albert’s brain. Lots of brown (theta) shows a fairly relaxed pup
However, these brainwave interpretations are for humans – not dogs. It’s a long stretch to interpret canine brainwaves using the same system. Or is it?
Stanley Coren, a behaviorist from the University of British Columbia has spent years researching doggie brainwaves and emotions. His conclusion is that canine brainwaves are very similar to humans and their brain displays the same chemical reactions ours do. Read the full article HERE.
Thanks to Sam and Rochelle for bringing Albert in for his brain scan and we believe Albert will be leading workshops in meditation technique soon.

Mind control in gaming

The MINDZ challenge involves players learning to activate gaming characters using only the power of their mind. There are no hands, no pressing of buttons or use of a controller. Just the power of your thoughts.20160212_193414
The game involves loading and shooting fireballs at your opponent. The player who manages to reload and shoot fastest using their selection of thoughts wins.
You can play against others or play against our system. It’s up to you. Whatever the case, gaming will never be the same.