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Body Hacking, Buddhism, and Brainwaves: A Mindfulness Update

Body Hacking, Buddhism, and Brainwaves: A Mindfulness Update | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it
Body Hacking is one of the newest crazes sweeping through modern offices, schools, and prisons alike. But can these new advancements lead to a misunderstanding of mindfulness?
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New Fitbit smartwatches equipped with special trackers, features for kids | Inquirer Technology

New Fitbit smartwatches equipped with special trackers, features for kids | Inquirer Technology | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it

When you’re not on the go the Versa will also track sleep, including time in light, deep and REM stages, while guided breathing sessions will help users take a moment for mindfulness and reduce stress levels.

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Is Unplugging the New Luxury Reserved for the Elite?

Is Unplugging the New Luxury Reserved for the Elite? | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it
The Americans who use their phones the most are the ones with the least access to trendy tech detoxes.
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Pay Attention: Finding balance in the age of tech - CBS News

Pay Attention: Finding balance in the age of tech - CBS News | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it
"CBS This Morning" is taking a look at our ability to focus and how we can recapture our attention from the devices that distract us
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Mindfulness Is Going Mainstream Because of Science

Mindfulness Is Going Mainstream Because of Science | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it
"If you meditate, you're less of an asshole. But it's hard to prove that with science."
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Can you have a healthy relationship with your phone? Mindfulness could be the key to stopping technological misery

Can you have a healthy relationship with your phone? Mindfulness could be the key to stopping technological misery | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it
You take your phone out of your pocket, probably not thinking about even doing so, look at it and immediately feel miserable – but there you'll stay, scrolling and scrolling, more and more miserable. Just a few minutes later you'll probably put it away and then do it all over again. And you'll repeat that cycle, every few minutes, over and over until you go to sleep – a sleep probably disturbed by the fact that you feel compelled to look at your phone when you wake up from it.
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"breathe with b" Launching First Mindfulness Device of Its Kind

"breathe with b" Launching First Mindfulness Device of Its Kind | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it
The b device plans to ship with LED lights, Bluetooth connectivity, a pressure sensor and other hardware components that allow users to visualize their breathing data and practice mindful breathing routines whenever and wherever they'd like.
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UBC adds to mindfulness training with Google program

UBC adds to mindfulness training with Google program | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it

As part of efforts to add to its mental-health training for staff and faculty, the University of British Columbia is in the process of rolling out a mindfulness program from technology giant Google Inc.

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New Group Hopes to Take on Tech’s Addictive Tendencies

New Group Hopes to Take on Tech’s Addictive Tendencies | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it
The Center for Humane Technology, launched this week, counts people once associated with Google and Facebook among its cofounders. (They’ve emerged as critics of what the companies are doing.) The group is getting its footing by launching an awareness campaign with Common Sense Media.
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Interaxon measures brainwaves to give VR devs more data for game design

Interaxon measures brainwaves to give VR devs more data for game design | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it
people are going to put things on their head, AR and VR headsets, head-mounted displays. That gives us an opportunity to put a lot of sensors on the cranium that we wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to do.
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From the same people who brought you the meditation headband...
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Introducing the BrainTap Pro App, Enabling Consumers to Quickly Recharge Their Brains and Bodies

Introducing the BrainTap Pro App, Enabling Consumers to Quickly Recharge Their Brains and Bodies | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it

BrainTap is the first of the next generation of mindfulness apps, taking the user through meditative brain-wave states without the user having to actively participate. 

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When I first read this press release, I was convinced that it was some sort of clever prank or incisive social satire. But upon perusing the actual website, I'm not so sure. Heaven help us.
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2018 May Bring the Rise of the Anti-Tech Portfolio

2018 May Bring the Rise of the Anti-Tech Portfolio | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it
Just as the processed food glory days of the 1970s and 80s bequeathed us Whole Foods and $4 organic mangoes, today’s digital habits are leading to a push for a healthier alternatives.
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Where Silicon Valley Is Going to Get in Touch With Its Soul

Where Silicon Valley Is Going to Get in Touch With Its Soul | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it
The Esalen Institute, a storied hippie hotel in Big Sur, Calif., has reopened with a mission to help technologists who discover that “inside they’re hurting.”
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Uh-oh. Esalen is back, and this time it's focusing on technopathology. 
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Discover the Power of Unplugging

Discover the Power of Unplugging | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it
Technology has been one of my BFFs ever since I discovered its power when I logged in to the LexisNexis research service as a first-year law student at Howard University School of Law in 1986. Fast forward three decades later, my relationship with technology has blossomed into a full-blown love affair in my digital communications
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Google alums launch Maslo, a digital companion to mediate technology’s uncanny valley

Google alums launch Maslo, a digital companion to mediate technology’s uncanny valley | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, two former Google staffers quietly launched a new app that’s designed to help users overcome technology’s uncanny valley and develop a more healthy relationship with…
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What Happened When I Stopped Using Technology On Weekends

What Happened When I Stopped Using Technology On Weekends | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it
I stopped using technology on the weekends—here's what happened when I did.
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Mindful Technology Use Workshop for Families

Mindful Technology Use Workshop for Families | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it

When mindfully engaged with technology like computers and smartphones, people have incredible access to information and one another. However, when not approached with discipline...

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It would be great to see more programs like this!
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Norwegian EdTech startup Hold launches in the UK following £800,000 raise

Norwegian EdTech startup Hold launches in the UK following £800,000 raise | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it

Free to download, the app rewards users for every 20 minutes they don’t check their phone while on campus. Points can then be traded for rewards such as cinema tickets, free food, drinks or Amazon gift cards.

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Wellness Center campaign aims to unplug students from technology for week

Wellness Center campaign aims to unplug students from technology for week | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it
A new campaign on campus was trying to get St. Thomas students to unplug from technology for nine hours straight in exchange for a free small drink from the Loft
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ASU promotes mental health and wellness through unplugging

ASU promotes mental health and wellness through unplugging | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it
 A new semester is in full swing and so is the initiative to promote mental health and wellness around campus.  
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Helius Medical Technologies and US Army Research Laboratory Launch Additional PoNS® Research

A major emphasis of the program is identifying and advancing novel techniques and technologies that can improve cognitive, emotional and physical performance to provide new capabilities for maximizing soldier readiness and response.
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The US Army is investigating the use of technology to enhance soldier readiness through Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. The device in question delivers neurostimulation through the tongue. Not making this up.
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Cofounded by Talia Eisenberg: Remind’s Virtual Reality Meditation in a corporate setting whether in London, NYC or Omaha 

Cofounded by Talia Eisenberg: Remind’s Virtual Reality Meditation in a corporate setting whether in London, NYC or Omaha  | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it
Bart Everson's insight:
This is just a press release but it's indicative of how VR "mindfulness" is being sold in the corporate milieu. 
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Find your way to ‘Shine’ with new well-being app

Find your way to ‘Shine’ with new well-being app | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it
“Now more than ever, it’s important to prioritize our emotional well-being,” said Shine’s founders Naomi Hirabayashi and Marah Lidey.
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The man behind 2017's best app wants you to find your happy place

The man behind 2017's best app wants you to find your happy place | Tech Mindful | Scoop.it
The US President has been good for Michael Acton Smith’s business. When Trump was elected, downloads of the entrepreneur’s app Calm soared. It promises to “make you sleep better and feel happier”. 
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