Swiss startup MindMaze is moving its technology from the medical field to the mainstream with a virtual reality headset that reads the wearer’s brain waves and uses the data to help them relax and play. The team announced $8.5 million in angel funding today, which it will use to help bring several products to market by the end of the year.
At the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, I tried four prototypes that demonstrated how MindMaze’s technology works on different platforms. Inside a virtual reality headset MindMaze calls “NeuroGoggles,” I saw virtual fire spring from the tips of my fingers in an augmented reality mode. Plastic strips placed EKG sensors all over my head, allowing a TV next to me to livestream my brain activity.