Software Features & User Experience
How do Lambda Headbands work?
HINT: Lambda means “wavelength,” as in, brain wavelengths…
Since this is your first time setting up your new Lambda Headband (that is owned by the company that employs you because they believe in the power of this product), firstly connect a battery pack to the headband and turn on the device by pressing and holding either the button on the left-side or the right-side of the headband. Both buttons do the exact same thing: there’s one on each side for your convenience. After powering on, the LED will blink blue in search of a network to which to connect. While the light is blinking, press the WPS button on your nearest internet router to permanently grant the device access to the wifi network.
This initial connection setup process should only be needed once, unless the wifi network name or the password changes. Once the device has been connected to the wifi network, it’ll automatically alert our software that this specific device has come online, whenever this specific device is powered on.
Next, visit https://login.lambda.archlife.org (URL doesn’t exist yet) on any mobile device or computer to login using your credentials. Because this specific device is one of dozens that are owned by the organization that employs you, each device is inscribed with a value. Once logged in, you’ll be prompted to enter that value. (Note to self: should this value be a 10-digit number, or something more entertaining, such as unique animal/adjective combinations?)
Now secure the headband around your head, and you’re all ready to go back to work! To toggle between analyzing (and not analyzing) your wavelengths, simply press one of the two side buttons. The LED light will emit a brief flash of either green or red, respectively, to let you know whether or not it’s transmitting data.
Here’s what it’s doing: just like a voltage reader reads how much electrical current is present, your device is equipped with x-number (5?) electrodes that are reading how much electrical current your brain is generating near each of the x-number of locations on the headband. This information is mathematically deciphered to determine your level of focus and whether you may be overwhelmed by fatigue, frustration, complacency, and/or hurriedness, which are the four leading causes of workplace injuries!
The purpose of this device is to be an assistant to you: your headband will vibrate when it thinks you should narrow your focus, providing you with real-time feedback. Its goal is to let you know when you’re not as focused as you usually are, so that you may more easily learn how to make mental adjustments and train your brain how to engage in being focused more regularly. Nobody is an expert at this and it’ll take time to see your improvements.
If your headband vibrates, but you believe that you were genuinely, sincerely focused at the time that it vibrated, then press one of the two buttons within five seconds of the vibration. This will alert the device that it was a false alarm, so that it can more accurately make adjustments in the future. Don’t cheat, or you won’t have very much success with these exercises!
When it’s time to call it for the day, press and hold one of the side buttons to turn off your headband. Thanks for choosing Lambda.