WAVR will be at the NYVR Expo 2017!
Thursday, October 26-28th 2017
Jacob Javits Center, NYC
"NYVR Expo will feature workshops for attendees ranging from beginners to experts to learn how they can use VR tools to grow their businesses, keynote sessions from industry leaders, and an expo floor full of vendors like yourselves, showcasing cutting-edge technology, gear and software."
WAVR won the Editor's Choice Award at World Maker Faire 2017!
September 23-24th, 2017
WAVR attended the World Maker Faire this year at the New York Hall of Science and returned with the Editor's Choice Award!
WAVR was at the NYCML'17 Demo Expo!
Thursday, September 28th 2017
The New School, New York, NY
"Exploring the power of our minds through VR! WAVR is an immersive mixed reality experience, in which neuro-controlled VR technology is used in conjunction with biosensors that monitor fluctuations in alpha waves. Depending on the alpha wave state, certain commands are triggered on the VR application." –nycmedialab.org
WAVR was featured on NY1 Spectrum News!
September 23th, 2017
"NYU graduate students Baris Siniksaran and Sean Kim were showing off a headset that attendees could put on and use to meditate.
The device also tracks your brain waves.
'We're trying to see how much we can increase the capacity of the human brain,' said Siniksaran."
What is WAVR?
Brain Power + VR
WAVR is a neuro-controlled VR technology that uses biosensors to monitor increases in alpha waves (brain waves that increase as a person enters a meditative state). The brainwave data triggers commands on the VR application, allowing the user to control virtual objects with their mind. In addition to virtual reality, WAVR engages other physical senses through a vibrating chair, a fan blowing cool air, and wafts of perfume.
"Exploring the power of our minds through VR! WAVR is an immersive mixed reality experience, in which neuro-controlled VR technology is used in conjunction with biosensors that monitor fluctuations in alpha waves. Depending on the alpha wave state, certain commands are triggered on the VR application." – NYC Media Lab
How does WAVR work?
1) WAVR is essentially a combination of a VR and an EEG headset. The EEG biosensors deliver real-time alpha wave biofeedback into the OSC, which controls both the VR application and the micro-controller that is connected to a fan, a vibrating chair and an electric air freshener.
2) Depending on the user's level of concentration, the components listed above work all together to create either a peaceful or a gloomy athmosphere for the user.
3) WAVR uses brainwaves to interact with our senses of sight, hearing, touch and smell. This technology can be used in many industries including medicine, gaming, meditation and mindfulness.
I’m a creative technologist based in New York. I explore ways to leverage mindfulness technologies for human advancement. At the NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), I am combining meditation and technology to create new devices and artwork to attract others to mindfulness. I am particularly interested in applying these techniques in VR/AR and meditation during my 2017-2018 Dalai Lama Fellowship.
MS Candidate (2018)
Integrated Digital Media,
NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Mixed Reality Engineer, UX Designer
UX Design, MS Integrated Digital Media
NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Past News & Events
WAVR was presented in the Brand Strategy lecture at the NYU School of Professional Studies!
July 10th, 2017
The WAVR team talked to the NYU Brand Strategy students about the branding process of a technology startup and gave a brief demo on how to use brain power to meditate in virtual reality.
WAVR @ NYU ITP xStory Showcase
May 22nd, 2017
xStory (Experiments in Storytelling) is a research group of faculty and graduate students at NYU’s ITP. Their work focuses on developing projects and platforms that utilize recent and innovative technologies to find new ways of telling stories, often in the fields of virtual reality, augmented reality, networked devices, and more. The xStory Showcase will feature live demos of projects developed over the last year and a chance to talk with our researchers about their work. xStory is supported by a grant from Google Research.
WAVR on NYU.EDU!
May 11th, 2017
"Exploring the abilities of mind power through virtual reality, graduate students Baris Siniksaran (Integrated Digital Media) and Sean Kim (Interactive Telecommunications Program) developed the immersive mixed reality experience WAVR."
WAVR in Partnership with GRAFX.CO @ Bank of America & Thomson Reuters VR Event Showcase
May 10th, 2017
"There is no technology more immersive than VR. Put on a headset, and we'll take you to places you could never have imagined." – grafx-vr.co
WAVR @ NYU IDM Spring 2017 Showcase
May 5th, 2017
IDM Spring Showcase is a major-wide digital art show that brings in the work from students in the NYU Integrated Digital Media department ranging from audio, visual, experimental video games, motion capture, augmented reality, and much more.