Meditation is an ancient method that has been used for centuries to experience relaxation. It allows a deep connection of mind, body and soul. Jay Vidyarthi has created a human-computer interface called Sonic Cradle to help people achieve mindfulness, by using breathing patterns to create responsive soundscapes.
Vidyarthi is currently attending Simon Fraser University to pursue a Master’s degree at the Surrey School of Interactive Arts and Technology. He has managed to uniquely fuse together technology, music and meditation. This is done by suspending an individual in a dark chamber and then taking their meditative breathing patterns to output sound patterns. Sound bites such as falling rain, guitar, flute, meditative chimes and even spoken poetry are used. Sonic Cradle will be displayed as an exhibit at TEDActive 2012 in Palm Springs, California this month.