Calm and relaxed are not usually the words you find describing winners of a competition. Things have changed though…Mindball is a game that challenges players to realize and control their state of mind. Instead of activity and adrenaline, it is passivity and calmness that mark the truly successful Mindball player. Mindball is unique amongst machines since it is not controlled by the player’s rational, strategic thoughts and decisions.
How It Works…
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.
How You Win…
Players will compete in a tournament style format that is designed to be entertaining for the audience.
Both players wear a headband attached to the forehead that contains electrodes and is wired up to a biosensor which is used to measure the body’s biological signals, and registers the electrical activity of the brain – so called EEG.
The players’ brain activity is graphed in a diagram on any attached display/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 player must control their level of stress or calm to win the game.
The matches’ outcome is rarely obvious since the transition between calm and stress, and vice versa, can occur quickly. Often the ball will roll backwards and forwards for a few minutes before the game is concluded. 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.