So the future is now: A slew of wearable tech gadgets are now entering the classroom. From Google’s Expeditions cardboard view finder that can take kids on virtual field trips to augmented reality contraptions like Microsoft’s Hololens, which enables users to overlay graphics over the real world. (Isn’t the un-augmented real world enough to deal with?) On its website, Hololens says it “enables high-definition holograms to come to life in your world, seamlessly integrating with your physical places, spaces, and things.” Translate that for your kids: They can play Minecraft on your living room table.
If it all sounds like a lot of high-tech distraction, however, feast your mind on this new contraption: Muse is a brain-sensing headband that may be the classroom game changer: It monitors brain signals like heart rate monitors tracks your pulse and it can detect distracted thoughts. According to this article in The Guardian, “When Muse spots patterns that equate to distracted thoughts, it uses audio prompts to get you back on track – the aim is to train your brain to stay focused.”
The ultimate get-ahead and learn device for our kids? Or simply the end of daydreaming?