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Here's a feature for (portable) mp3 players:
Add a "binaural beat" feature (see open source SBAGen etc. for examples), and a preset library.
The idea is that one's little mp3 player would be a great place to add a binaural beats feature. It could operate separately, or perhaps mix with other
played mp3s, or the player's radio.
For example, SBagen can be made to compile in a few hundred kilobytes, and the presets are tiny little text files. So this would be a practical (and trendy, and maybe controversial) feature to add to the mp3 player chips.
open source binaural beats [wod_observer, Aug 12 2008]
DIY binaural beat site - SBAgen presets [wod_observer, Aug 12 2008]
binaural beats (background) [wod_observer, Aug 12 2008]
existing product example1 [wod_observer, Nov 14 2008]
mp3 player brainwaves
existing product example2 [wod_observer, Nov 14 2008]
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||So it just needs to be programmed for an MP3 playing smart phone?
||I'm downloading a pile of MP3 beat files, and listening to the first one as I type--excuse me if my brain stops working.
||I'd say just download MP3s, and the hell with a feature, except that the files appear to be an hour long. So a dedicated little widget might be nice.
||I'd say you need to take a two-pronged approach (binaural, if you will). Distribute MP3s to get people informed and addicted, and start to make and sell a battery-powered generator for lots of money. Then license the whole mess to the MP3-player manufacturers for more money.
||Is this droning supposed to be making me happy?
||You could get this running on the ipod fairly easily. Its processor is a ARM9 so you'd just have to install different firmware, modify sbagen to use ipod's audio hardware and recompile it. I know this can be done because people have gotten DOOM to run on the video ipod, and others have compiled sbagen for an ARM9 device (the GP2X. I have one and sbagen works great on it.)
||The only effect I've noticed from binaural beats is sleepiness (which is a desirable effect sometimes). It may have affected my dreams but if it did I don't remember.
||It could be good to add mp3 player salsa to the chips. Just sayin.