Clara is a smart lamp that uses EEG technology to visualize your state of mind. Clara translates brainwaves into light and sound, giving feedback as you work. Clara interprets distraction by glowing red and humming quietly; a cool blue light and ambient music indicate clear focus.

After research revealed a link between light temperature and the ability to focus, my team mates, Josh Sucher and Marcelo Cobo, and I decided to create a lamp that would illuminate more than just your space: it would reveal your level of concentration. Clara uses Arduino Uno in combination with existing brain-sensing technology to monitor your attention levels.

Rapid Prototyping

It started as a tool for individuals in the creative industry, to help find that state of focused flow and productivity by getting visual and auditory feedback based on brain activity.

We utilized NeuroSky MindWave Mobile, a Bluetooth-connected EEG-reading headset, to take readings of gamma and theta waves. These readings, which indicate levels of concentration, are sent wirelessly to a Bluetooth receptor in the lamp. The custom Arduino Uno code, which the designers have made available on GitHub, interprets and translates these readings into light and sound using Adafruit LED NeoPixels and Music Maker hardware.

Check out the video and the opensource code.

We demoed our functional prototype at the NYC Media Lab Summit.

Clara has been featured on the Arduino Blog and Vice: Motherboard.