The Mind Body Harmonizer

A Gentle Stimulation Tool for Relaxation, Concentration, Mood Brightening, Calming an Active Mind (OCD), Sleep Ease, Stress Management and Meditation.

Harmonizer shown with ear clips.
Harmonizer shown with ear clips.
Available since 2014, Updated February 2017

An electronic Brain Stimulation tool to help Canadians relax and avoid stress. It brightens your mood. It also makes Meditation easier to learn and helps students to concentrate on lectures.

(Other products in development by us can be seen at Microsec R&D Inc. on Vancouver Island Canada here: http://microsec.net)

If you are in Victoria you can visit the factory and purchase directly from us, saving shipping costs. Phone Ian at 250-882-5896.  You must have exact cash … It’s not a store!

The Mind Body Harmonizer:

The Harmonizer is based on traditional stimulation tools for relaxing and reducing stress developed in 1902 in France and later refined in the 1980s by Bob Beck. Bob, an electrical engineer in the 1990s, designed and published documentation on a number of mild electronic stimulation devices used on the ear lobes for relaxation, concentration and stress relief.  We have improved upon Bob’s original design to make it gentler and more versatile.

The Mind Body Harmonizer is based on the non-patented, open source work of Bob Beck.   He wanted the world to benefit from the concept without it being locked down by a corporation.  There are many such machines sold in Canada and the USA, marketed simply for relaxation and stress relief.

We worked with Bob Beck’s open source design and consulted modern neuroscience knowledge to come up with a more effective tool for Relaxation, Stress Relief and we added a Meditation assistance frequency.   We manufacture the improved device under the name Mind Body Harmonizer.  We have open sourced the design in the spirit of Bob Beck’s work.

Our design uses the traditional frequencies of stimulation recommended by Bob Beck including 0.5 hz, 100hz and 14.3 hz. 

Our Innnovation … 40 hertz for Meditation:

We added 40 hz based on the brain research funded by the Dalai Lama on Buddhist Meditation and brain wave frequencies. The research showed that experienced monks at the peak of meditation have dominant brain waves at 40 hz.  Later we discovered that German research showed that gentle 40 hz stimulation can trigger lucid dreaming.   As we learned more it seemed obvious that 40 hz needed to be added to the standard set of relaxation device frequencies for many reasons …  

http://www.peakachievement.com/articles/40_Hertz_History.htm

If you read the article there are many reasons to expect that 40 hz may be more effective at deep relaxation as well as meditation.

We manufactured 150 units and sold them worldwide. There were no returns. Our device falls into the consumer relaxation device category and is now being advertised as a device for relaxation, stress management and to help with meditation.  It is not used for disease management. Our innovations is called “Harmonic Resonance” because 40 hz stimulation is used in an attempt to encourage a higher brainwave frequency by resonance.  

We apologize for mentioning any medical applications in the last few months.  Our preference is to keep the machine an inexpensive consumer device with no medical claims.  This allows us to keep the price low.

In the Standard setting, the machine uses a natural brain frequency of 40 hertz which is the Gamma brainwave frequency of a healthy brain.  40 hz brainwaves are associated with meditation.  The study below shows that German researchers were able to trigger lucid dreams using 40hz applied to the forehead.  Some purchasers are experimenting with this application.  The harmonizer is mainly meant for relaxation and stress reduction without drugs.   It can also be used to assist with learning meditation.  It may or may not induce lucid dreaming … open to amateur self experimenters.   We have no feedback yet on this application.  We encourage amateur self experimentation and collaboration.   There are no other Bob Beck type relaxation devices offering 40 hertz.

Harmonizer shown with ear clips.
Harmonizer shown with ear clips for gentle brain stimulation. This is a “Blind Friendly” design.

GPL3 Open Source 40 hz Stimulation Waveforms delivered by Harmonizer for Experimentation by anyone, amateur or professional.

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What is it?

The Mind Body Harmonizer is an experimental device similar to what is known in North America as a relaxation and stress management device providing mild AC brain stimulation.  AC stimulation, since it does not polarize the brain like DC, is harmless at any frequency as long as the current applied is in the range of less than 1 milliamp.  In Europe it is called “ElectroSleep” and its marketed to relax people who cannot sleep.   The mind body harmonizer is used as a relaxation and stress relief device which may also assist with Meditation and Lucid Dreaming.

Various frequencies of stimulation of the earlobes has produced different effects.  Some frequencies are better than others for relief of stress and relaxation.   Traditionally all Bob Beck machines used 100 hertz, 14.3 hertz and 0.5 hertz which we included in our design.

Our machine is a consumer device oriented towards relaxation, stress relief and amateur self research. We have added the 40hz stimulation to interest amateur researchers experimenting with meditation and lucid dreaming. It’s effects in these areas are yet to be determined.  We looked into modern neuroscience to select 40 hz.  The other frequencies are traditional relaxation device waveforms.

The middle setting uses a 13.4 hz waveform which is the second Harmonic of the electric field of the atmosphere.  This was added because other consumer relaxation devices all have offered it  for decades.  Only the 40 hertz Standard setting is based on actual brain wave research.

The Relief setting uses traditional standard 100 hz waveforms for relaxation that have also been used in consumer devices for decades.  

Customization

The software and waveforms are open source. We can program in special frequencies for professional or amateur researchers to test new waveform designs based on modern neuroscience.

In a nutshell

The technology is simply used by attaching the ear clips to the ear lobes using a conductive gel to assure good contact.   A stimulation waveform is selected and the unit is turned on and adjusted until it is supplying a gentle electric waveform through the earlobes.   It shuts off automatically after about 20 minutes.   A century of use of this relaxation tool suggests this be repeated daily for 2 or 3 weeks. After that it can be used as needed. 

Our design is “Blind Friendly.” That means it can be operated with no need for vision.   It can be operated in the dark as well.

History of Electric Stimulation

Electric stimulation for relaxation is much older than its USA use, going back to 1903 in France and much earlier.  Electric Stimulation  was used by ancient Roman doctors with electric fish for health improvement.   In ancient Egypt electric fish were used for health. This type of tool remained popular in almost all countries worldwide from 1840 to the present time. Our device is meant only for relaxation, stress management, experimentation with lucid dreaming and meditation.

Magic of 40 Hertz Stimulation

We have added 40hz brain stimulation. Over the last century people have used various frequencies for these devices.  Our frequency is based on modern knowledge of neuroscience.  You can try it out and see for yourself if it improves on the traditional designs. Research is needed to verify the benefits. Lucid dreaming experiments also use 40 Hertz stimulation of the head.    See the research papers from Germany —

We would be interested in hearing feedback from people who try the Lucid Dreaming experiment.  Since this 40 hz is also the natural resonant frequency of a healthy brain we are encouraging the brain to come into a natural harmonic resonance. We are calling this “Harmonic Stimulation”. This 40 hz is the Standard setting because of positive feedback from users. Users report clearer thinking, relaxation, stress relief and meditation.  We are making no claims but clearly amateur researchers should focus on these effects.

We are introducing this as a consumer device that might be available at the hardware or drug store to be used for relaxation and stress.

See Open Source Waveforms in the Menu. We can support other stimulation patterns and frequencies researchers are interested in if you order 10 units or more .

How to Use Harmonizer

The machine was designed with blind users in mind.  A tactile style toggle switch was selected to make our device “Blind Friendly.”   We make no claims at this point but have selected waveforms based on USA research which are known to be effective for relaxation, stress relief and meditation. How well our device works needs research from you!  Worldwide, similar devices are available as consumer devices without a prescription and they also make no medical claims and are simply used for relaxation / stimulation.

Our vision is for these devices to be available at health food stores. We only claim it is good for relieving stress and for relaxation like other consumer health aids. We added an additional “Meditation” setting which may help to quiet the mind for meditation.  Research needs to be done using the Mind Body Harmonizer to establish relaxation and stress reduction potential of all three modes.  Student users of 40 hz stimulation have reported that, when relaxed,  distracting thoughts are less common, and its easier to concentrate on university lectures.  This is just being explored by us.

Blind Friendly Operation.
3 Position Mode Selector Switch for Blind Friendly Operation.
Harmonizer Intensity adjusted with volume type control.
Harmonizer Intensity adjusted with volume style control.

In the above two diagrams you can see the adjustments available.  A volume type control sets the intensity of stimulation.  Three modes of operation are offered by the toggle switch.

Daily Duration of Use

These relaxation devices are usually used 2 times per day for 20 minutes/session for 1-3 weeks. Others use it several times a week on a permanent basis or daily on a permanent basis.   It exists as a tool for Canadians to enjoy. 

User Replaceable Rechargeable Battery

Rechargeable battery is a user replaceable nickel metal hydride that can be purchased in most cities.

Conductive Gel

Conductive Gel needs to be used on the ear clips to provide a good connection.  Without the gel the device will not function properly.  The conductive gel used can be purchased in specialty drug stores.  Ultrasound Gel is NOT suitable since it does not conduct electricity.  A small amount of “Spectra 360” is shipped with each unit.  Any brand of electrically conductive gel will allow it to be gentle on the earlobes.  If you run out, tap water will work but will not be as comfortable.

Custom Waves for Amateur Researchers

The Harmonizer is based on a tiny microcomputer which can be programmed at the factory with custom waveforms.  If purchasing 10 or more we can customize the waves offered.  Contact isoutar@gmail.com for research product customization.

 

Intrinsically Safe Design

We put great care into the quality of the machine.  In our version called the Mind Body Harmonizer we designed unique waveforms based on literature and reverse engineering research.  Stimulation uses 5 to 24 volts in which each ear alternately becomes positive or negatively charged, resulting in a zero DC offset applied to the brain. You limit the current from 0 to 1.0 milliamps with an intensity knob to a comfortable stimulation. It is similar to micro-tens. This is significantly less intense than many consumer grade stress management  stimulator devices.  Such consumer devices have been on the market from the 1980s and earlier.  This technology has been proven to be safe from its first use in 1902 to its widespread use throughout the world as a consumer relaxation device.

The waveform is open source to encourage publication ease. The Mind Body Harmonizer is based on open source designs by Bob Beck with the use of modern electronics. All frequencies used from 0.5 herz to 1000 hertz were found to have benefits by Bob.  The Mind Body Harmonizer uses 909 hz in all its waveforms just to act as a carrier to move the stimulation signals through the transformer which is used for electrical isolation safety.

It uses 40 hertz and 909 hz in the Standard setting, 100 hertz, 0.5 hertz and 909 hertz in  the Relief setting and  it uses 909 hertz and 14.3 hertz in the Meditation setting. 909 hz was selected because it is greater than 500 hz which is the maximum frequency the brain can detect.   Two waveforms at 909 hz happen every 1/40th second in the Standard Setting.  The brain cannot adapt to the 909 hz trigger frequency and thus the device will work for years without fading like drugs.

In over a century of use worldwide this type of low intensity AC stimulation has never caused a single injury.   We are maintaining the same power and voltage levels as are normally used in consumer devices to guarantee safety.

Special Case Cautions

People with pacemakers, electronic brain shunts, cochlear implants or other cranially located electronic devices or who are on psychiatric drugs should consult with a physician before use.

Avoid using the harmonzer on any part of the body except the ear lobes.

People who are suffering from MS or Guillain–Barré syndrome should not use the harmonizer. These diseases are characterised by a loss of electrical insulation around the nerves.  Stimulation by a voltage waveform could make symptoms worse by encouraging further insulation breakdown.

A Stimulation / Relaxation Device

Our Mind Body Harmonizer supplies the tool that will allow amateur research to happen.  We want to make The Harmonizer available directly to consumers without prescription.  Throughout the world similar devices have been available without prescription since about 1902.  Similar devices existed in the mid 1800s as well.

The Mind Body Harmonizer will be available once again by January 2016 to anyone who wants to experiment with this gentle relaxation & stress relief device. The ear clips shown above attach to the earlobes and provide a gentle tingling sensation and stimulation to the lower brain.  Most people find it a pleasant massage effect.

We have done our design based on Bob Beck’s open source designs and through reverse engineering of the waveforms used by as many relaxation devices as we could find. The design we settled on was proven to be effective in the 1980s by the engineer Bob Beck. Bob published his designs as an open source design to encourage experimenters such as us. His device was unregistered and remains in production to this day by several companies in Canada and the USA.  His waveform is also simple to produce and uniquely different in its approach so that there will be no patent conflicts with existing devices.

We have been testing prototypes with people in Victoria B.C.   The results looked promising enough that we decided to sell units to anyone who wants to test them out for themselves. We make no claims for the Mind Body Harmonizer in order to make it available in advance of the amateur research that may optimize it further.

Scientific Research Studies Needed

Our waveform experiments are open source.  The Harmonizer is based on a small computer which can be programmed for other waveforms.  Amateur researchers can request special wavefroms if they purchase 10 or more units. We are making our standard waveform designs public domain.   This will help amateur researchers to fully understand what they are doing and also opens up the discussion of “effective waveforms” to other product designers  too.  It should be noted that therapists outside the medical community are currently using consumer based relaxation devices in their practices.

Open Source Licence for Waveforms

We have a provisional patent on the waveforms to establish the date of invention for the GPL3 open source licence.  The provisional patent will be abandoned in 2015.  We are publishing the waveforms used as Open Source so that researchers can freely publish their work.  Only through the sharing of waveform data can companies move forward quickly and optimize such home use devices. We would like the machine to remain available as a consumer device for home use without a prescription as well as in use by Canadian non-medical therapists helping people with stress issues and meditation.

Future Blog for Experimenters

This is a WordPress site and a blog will be added so that researchers and users can talk to each other and share experimental results.   When amateur testers have results these results can be posted here too. This blog can be customized to suit the needs of amateur self researchers.

No Claims Made for Mind Body Harmonizer

We are making the Mind Body Harmonizer available to consumers for relaxation and stress management only.   We would rather that the stimulatory relaxation technology remains prescription free in Canada just like it is in Europe and Asia. The effects are open to discovery by your testing.  We supply the tools, you find out if it works for you!  We also hope that users will report new applications they discover and new frequencies that are better at producing a relaxed state.

Caution: People with pacemakers, electronic brain shunts, cochlear implants or other cranially located electronic devices or who are on psychiatric drugs should consult with a physician before use. People who are suffering from MS or Guillain–Barré syndrome should not use the harmonizer.

The Harmonizer is partly robot assembled on Vancouver Island but finished & tested by hand.

A General Public Licence GPL3 applies to the waveform shown in the open source waveform section.

For GPL3 licence details please visit … http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html

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Last updated March 2 2016

About 

Ian Soutar worked for the National Research Council in Ottawa instrumenting solar energy collection systems. He founded Microsec R&D in 1986 to provide product design services for inventors and industry.

Ian is responsible for microcontroller based products and signal processing / control systems.

Past designs include a virtual reality fishing machine, a portable DNA analysis machine, a pocket-sized cardiogram device, spread spectrum radio tranceivers and a number of robotic industrial inspection devices. Starting in 2005 he has been doing work for the University of Victoria (UVic) in the field of robotic fish and a bionic inner ear.

From 2009-2012 he provided electronic assistance in the Mechatronics Program at UVic which offers real world industrial projects to students.

Currently Microsec R&D Inc. is doing manufacturing of their own products for relieving stress and helping with relaxation.

Ian has received 6 patents for his designs.