Layer Launches LightVision Headset to Enable “Powerful Meditation”

Design studio Layer has created LightVision, a headset unveiled at Design Miami during Miami Art Week that uses an LED light matrix to transform videos of nature into biomorphic patterns to help users meditate.

The LightVision headset aims to facilitate meditation by combining traditional techniques with vibration, sound and light, which it says helps users relax and change their thought pattern.

It was designed for an American startup resonate by design studio Lying down, whose founder Benjamin Hubert described the headset as a way to make the meditation process more accessible.

The LightVision headset was designed to help users meditate

“It’s certainly new, because physical hardware like this has never been used in this space – we’ve had digital apps for years, but moving that digital experience to hardware that removes the need to ‘learn “To meditate makes the process more accessible and much more efficient,” Hubert told Dezeen.

Layer’s meditation headset uses an LED light matrix – a grid of small, individual LEDs close together – that turns nature videos, including videos of trees swaying in the breeze and movies of fish swimming, into patterns biomorphic.

These can be seen through closed eyes and are used with synchronized vibrations and a soundtrack of monaural and binaural beats and isochronous tones – single tones at regular intervals – to activate the “frequency tracking” responnse.

An LED light matrix is ​​used for meditation
An LED light matrix displays biomorphic images

The LED light matrix “makes achieving powerful meditation simple and effortless, regardless of experience level,” Layer said. The various visual and auditory effects combine to guide the user’s mind into deep meditative states.

“According to studies conducted by Resonate, users report a 51% decrease in stress and anxiety levels after just one 20-minute Resonate session,” the brand said.

LightVision has a minimalist design with an outer casing that has been developed to follow the contours of the user’s face to create “full immersion”.

Gray helmet with light matrix for meditation
The helmet is wrapped in textile

Inside the helmet, a large LED matrix screen displays the biomorphic patterns. Its brightness, as well as volume settings, can be controlled via an interface located under the helmet.

The headphone case is wrapped in textile and features an adjustable strap with metallic branding details.

“These details bring the tech accessory closer to a fashion piece,” Layer said.

“The design also expresses the functionality of the product. Light strips, for example, frame the inner edges of the headset projecting light onto the face to create an outward expression of the meditation experience and acting as a ‘do not disturb’ signal. ” for the others.”

Person using LightVision headset to meditate
Lights on the face create a “do not disturb” signal

Although people may think of and use meditation as a way to escape our everyday lives surrounded by technology, Hubert thinks the solution might be to refocus the technology we use, rather than avoid it.

“We shouldn’t feel the need to walk away from technology per se, only what technology does (or doesn’t) do for us. Absolutely escape your emails, time your social media, stop watching the media excessively away from your Zoom calls, but why not refocus the technology to help us be better?” adds Hubert.

His studio’s previous creations include a collection of smart devices designed to improve wellbeing, as well as packaging and branding for the Never Go Alone wellness brand.

LightVision launched during Miami Art Week and production units will begin shipping next year.

LightVision launched at Design Miami, which takes place during Miami Art Week. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events happening around the world.

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