At first glance, Mindball seems similar to a traditional two player game - two people challenge one another and take their respective positions at each end of a table that is laid out with two goals and a little ball. The rest of the game’s equipment is more special.
Both players wear a headband with electrodes wired up to a biosensor system. This system, that is used to measure the body’s biological signals, is tightly fastened to the frontal lobes and registers the electrical activity of the brain - the so called EEG.
The players’ brain activity is graphed in a diagram and displayed on a monitor so that the public can easily follow the players’ mental processes during the match. The brain waves that move the ball forward, increasing the chance of victory, are called Alpha and Theta waves. They are generated by the brain when one is calm and relaxed. A considerably stressed player will therefore lose.
In this way, Mindball is an exciting and social game where the audience can follow the match by watching the ball on the table, the graph on the display/monitor and the more or less relaxed expressions of the players.
Designed & built in Sweden