UTM discovers device for better concentration

Founder of Smart Mind Technology Sheikh Mohamad (middle) explaining how the portable headphones embedded with sound waves work to calm the mind into a focused state to help students study better while his partners Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Biosciences and Medical Engineering Faculty Prof Dr Eko Supriyanto (right) and Hamdan Ismail looks on during a press conference on Feb 17, 2014.

JOHOR BARU: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has discovered a new and effective way to enable students to concentrate better while studying by stimulating the brain using sound waves.

The research carried out by Prof Dr Eko Supriyanto from UTM’s Biosciences and Medical Engineering Faculty helps to activate the potentials of the conscious and subconscious mind.

“We tailor-made the sound waves to suit and calm the minds of students into a sponge-like state so that information can be absorbed easily,” he told a press conference recently.

The product, Smart Mind Technology, contains two types of music embedded into a pair of earphones where the student is to listen to the music while studying, up to a maximum of two hours, for each session.

He explained that the sound wave is sugarcoated with a mixture of soothing sounds recorded by his research team including the sound of rainfall, bird chirps and sea waves.

Eko added that the students whether primary, secondary or tertiary level, are exposed to stress and fatigue from juggling studying and school activities and so the products, tagged at RM485.90, would calm them down.

“These problems can be solved by stimulating the brain waves to achieve concentration and mental clarity when the mind and body is in a serene and alert state,” he said, adding that the product took a year to research and produce.

He added that the product also proved to be helpful to autistic students as the music was able to send their mind into a calm and focused state.

His partner Sheikh Mohamad said that their team had recently marketed the product and are planning to meet the Education Ministry soon so that the product can help students study better.

“We will soon also examine how use the sound waves for medical purposed like curing cancer, heart problems and stroke because the mind is a powerful tool which is able to tell the body to do amazing things,” he said, adding that it would take another few years to study that aspect.

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