The NASA Challenge:
Edison Nation is working with NASA to develop consumer products inspired by NASA-developed technologies



Monday, August 11, 2014
at 11:59PM Pacific Time.

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Researchers at NASA Langley have developed a method for monitoring brain waves and turning it into valuable feedback.

A new platform named MindShift enables your emotional state to influence an action you are performing, making you aware of your stress levels. 

How it works

MindShift works by combining input from multiple sensors, such as:

 Wireless motion
Body gestures
Heart rate
Muscle tension
Brain wave activty

MindShift then meshes that data into tangible output that can be used to change something.

MindShift trains the mind to focus and concentrate in a cool, calm manner. The technology has already been applied in the Wii, Kinect and Sony Playstation for gamers. Physicians hoping to manage children’s attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders have studied MindShift’s use with good results. MindShift has also been studied in the field of aviation, where pilots and traffic controllers need the utmost focus and concentration.

For this NASA Challenge, we want you to consider how MindShift can be integrated into consumer products or applications.

The More You Know

Before you submit, get to know MindShift and the field of Brain Computer Interface Technology.

Here are a few resources to help you:

Watch the Google+ Hangout with MindShift inventors Alan Pope and Chad Stephens to learn more about MindShift and its potential uses

Read NASA Langley’s Game and Simulation Control.

Watch this video to learn more about MindShift Biofeedback.

Visit this website dedicated to Physiological Computing and read this interview with Alan Pope.

Read The New York Times, Brain Computer Interfaces Inch Closer to the Mainstream.

Read MIT Technology Review, A Wireless Brain-Computer Interface.


For this NASA Challenge, we’re open to your ideas, sparks and/or fully fleshed out concepts and prototypes. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

• Make sure you submission is unique so it’s protectable

• An existing patent is not necessary

• Give us highlights but don’t forget the details.

• Upload images, sketches, and video if possible (please limit videos to 2 minutes or less).

The deadline for this search has passed.
Thank you to all who submitted ideas.