Psychiatrist's meditation app makes unique use of motion feedback


A CPFT psychiatrist has created the first high-tech app of its kind to help master the ancient art of meditation.

Psychiatrist's meditation app makes unique use of motion feedback
20 October 2017

Dr Tom Mole, a psychiatrist at the Darwin Centre, has created a mindfulness app called Mindz to help people meditate. Mindz offers an eight week training programme accessible via smartphones and uses unique algorithms to analyse breath patterns and self-awareness via interactive touchscreen and motion sensors. Mindz is a social venture on the University of Cambridge’s Social Venture Programme for its potential positive impact.

Dr Mole, who has studied in India, Thailand, Brazil, Europe and the USA, said: “Search the term ‘mindfulness’ in your app store and you will see many solutions – but few are based on science and none enable users to objectively track their progress.

“Mindz demystifies and gives people confidence in learning meditation. It captures evidence of how well they are doing and provides reassurance that they are doing it right.

Psychiatrist Tom Mole’s invention is thought to be the only one that uses motion-guided feedback to help users master the most important meditation skill, “mindful” breathing.

 

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