Alter Your Mood With UBrain on iPhone – A Frisky Hands-On

Wed, Sep 22, 2010

iPhone, Mobile

Digital Reality has launched their latest app for iPhone called UBrain, which uses a system of Ubrain beats, also known as “brain entertainment,” which were discovered in 1839, and have been used and proven scientifically to work in the time since.

Essentially, these “binaural beats” are a series of low frequency sound waves, that stimulate different parts of your brain, and can in fact alter your mood depending on the desired effect. UBrain for the iPhone offers multiple “tonics” for you to choose from, which in theory will help you relax, feel inspiration, creativity, and so on.

To begin, you’ll first need to use a set of earphones to use the app. If you want to share the experience with a friend, use a splitter, as you must be listening with both ears simultaneously for the tonics to take effect. From there, you’ll be able to create a customized account in the app, and assign an overall “pitch” to the tones, based on your own voice pitch. You can choose between Bass, Baritone and Tenor for most male voices, and from Alto, Mezzo, and Soprano for most female voices.

That being completed, your next step is to choose the Tonic set that is right for you. You can choose what you are currently feeling, what you are currently doing, or what you want to do and/or feel like in the near future in order to make your decision. For each set of choices, tapping and holding on the option will give you a short description over how the beats will make you feel.

For example, saying that you are working and desire motivation will tell you that your set will get your “creative ideas flowing,” while a setting like “Beam,” or “Learn,” (as opposed to Motivate) will give you a set of tonics that will “sustain lasting concentration.” Depending on what you want to feel when all is said and done, the Tonic set will be created to last anywhere from a matter of minutes, to 24 or more. This can be customized through a certain range. In the above example (that being one of Motivation), the cycle can last from 18 to 24 minutes in total.

After you’ve gone through the entire setup process, you’ll head to your Playlist, which will take songs from your own music library and play the UBrain beats behind them. This is why the headphones are so important, as listening to the music without them sounds fairly ordinary, and thus will not trigger the same mental effect.

As you use the app more and more, your top 5 settings will be saved for easy access later on, and by using the Wifi button, you can post a message to your friends to say what music you’re listening to, with which UBrain beats, and how you feel in general.

It should be noted that while the app does allow for multi-tasking, if you leave the app, the Ubrain beats stop, while your music continues on, so you will have to have the app open for the entirety of your session to receive the full amount of Ubrain beats.

UBrain is now available on the iTunes App Store for $4.99. If you’d like more information about how the app works, be sure to check out the tutorial video below.

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