Explore altered states of consciousness
The Brain Machine!
Relax and rejuvenate as your brain synchronizes to a wonderful meditative state, and enjoy as you hallucinate beautiful colors and patterns from your subconscious mind!
The Brain Machine provides you with a fun, easy way to meditate, all the while being very photogenic! They work with lights and sounds that pulse at a 14-minute-long meditation sequence of brainwave frequencies. Your brain synchronizes to this meditation sequence, and you meditate. It's that easy! And the beautiful colors and patterns you vividly imagine along the way make it fun and enjoyable.
Build your own Brain Machine to expand your brain's technical skills, then lean back and enjoy the light show. They are a blast at parties, a fun way to practice meditation and trip out.
The Brain Machine works with blinking lights. Be aware that blinking lights are not good for some people, especially those prone to seizures!
Another great project from Mitch Altman
inventor Mitch Altman first created the Brain Machine when he thought to himself "What would happen if you could play a recording of brain waves into someone's brain
Being a skilled inventor and engineer, he decided to make such a thing
himself! Using a microcontroller (a small programmable chip) he created a
pair of glasses that blink LEDs at the same frequencies as brain waves.
The result is a "Sound and Light Machine" - wearing the glasses often
induces colorful hallucinations while in use, a sense of relaxation
afterwards and, are a fun 14 minute brain trip.
He published this first design in Make Magazine
and it was an instant hit with hundreds of people building their own.
Now, we've partnered with Mitch to make an updated Brain Machine kit - easier to build, and comes with all the parts you need. Pick one up at the Adafruit shop to build your own.
This guide was first published on Apr 12, 2013. It was last
updated on Nov 14, 2018.
This page (Overview) was last updated on May 04, 2015.