Enjoying massage of the future at the world's top IT fair

Mar 07, 2012
People get the "brain light" treatment at the world's biggest high-tech fair, the CeBIT, in Hanover. With all the frantic deal-making and head-spinning gadgets at the world's top IT fair, it is perhaps no surprise that a chair promising the benefit of two hours sleep in 20 minutes drew big queues.

With all the frantic deal-making and head-spinning gadgets at the world's top IT fair, it is perhaps no surprise that a chair promising the benefit of two hours sleep in 20 minutes drew big queues.

The "brainLight" system, which its makers claim is unique, uses sound, light and shiatsu massage to send the user into a trance-like state in mere minutes.

"It's just like getting two or three hours of . You feel instantly better," explained Daniela Brieske from the firm.

The chair senses your and makes a virtual map of the key relaxation zones before applying a firm massage, she explained.

Using dark glasses and , other senses -- and everyday stresses and strains -- are shut out.

People get the "brain light" treatment at the world's biggest high-tech fair, the CeBIT, in Hanover, central Germany. With all the frantic deal-making and head-spinning gadgets at the world's top IT fair, it is perhaps no surprise that a chair promising the benefit of two hours sleep in 20 minutes drew big queues.

Then relaxing music and soft voices are pumped into the ears and flashing white light of varying intensity comes through the glasses.

The system works using so-called "hemi sync" technology, using sound and vision to synchronise the two hemisphere of the brain, producing deep relaxation.

BrainLight says its chairs can also be used for quickly learning languages, as the brain is more receptive to storing new information when the brain is "in sync."

Certainly brainLight had a steady stream of people lining up to try their chairs at the , the world's biggest high-tech fair in the northern German city of Hanover.

However, the cost of a chair might cause some to lose sleep, with the most expensive retailing at 7,500 euros ($10,000).

Explore further: Oculus Rift users to see Moon live through robot

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Robot artist 'draws' crowds at world's top tech fair

Mar 07, 2012

A robot caricaturist that can draw an accurate likeness of its subject in just three minutes was wowing the crowds on Wednesday at the world's biggest IT fair, but not every customer was satisfied.

Virtual blue skies brighten the office of the future

Mar 06, 2012

There is light at hand for those who toil away in a poorly-lit office. Scientists at the CeBIT high-tech fair have developed a system that gives the feeling of working outside under blue skies.

Recommended for you

Oculus Rift users to see Moon live through robot

13 hours ago

A group from Carnegie Mellon wants to send a robot to the Moon to beam live pictures of the Moon to Oculus Rift headset users, reported technology reporter Jane Wakefield of the BBC. Andy the robot is intended ...

Skin icons can tap into promise of smartwatch

Oct 21, 2014

You have heard it before: smartwatches are cool wearables but critics remind us of the fact that their small size makes many actions cumbersome and they question how many people will really have them on their ...

Japan firm showcases Bat-Signal of the future

Oct 20, 2014

A free-floating image created by firing lasers into thin air was unveiled in Japan on Monday, offering the possibility one day of projecting messages into a cloudless sky, as seen in Batman.

User comments : 0