We all hate being called into the boss's office. Depending on the tone I suppose. In the past, when my boss would project his booming voice across the newsroom and say, "Cory, when you have a moment I'd like to see you," my heart rate would escalate a wee bit. I'm not sure why. I consider myself a laid back guy, but I guess under the surface of the water, my little duck feet were going a mile a minute. But that's all changed now. More often than not now, "Cory, I'd like to see you" means "I have a really cool gadget I'd like you to test out this week." And this week was a doozy!
I had the opportunity to try out something I've always wanted to: Audio-visual stimulation glasses. The PSiO Mind Booster glasses are designed to relieve all the "brain chatter" going on in your head and focus it while "centering" you.
They look like Marty McFly Jr's glasses from Back To The Future Part II, and while he used his to watch TV, these glasses use colors combined with music, beats, and even a voice to help you relax, sleep, focus, boost your memory, etc.
I have to admit that I was skeptical. I'm not very familiar with the concept of audio-visual stimulation glasses, but I've always wanted to give them a try. When the box was handed to me, and I was given an explanation of what they are, I thought, "Great! Let's upload someDark Side Of The Moon and blast off into the world of colors and sounds!" Sadly, that wasn't the case. And I tried. Apparently, the PSiO glasses won't take your music. But there's a reason for everything.
So after reading about them, and knowing I wouldn't be able to try all of the programs, I narrowed it down to either the "Hypno-Sleep" or the "Energy Source." My choices were on the opposite side of the spectrum. Do I want to go to sleep? Or do I want energy? Seeing as how I was at work, I figured sleeping on the job might be a bad idea, even in the name of research.
So I went out to get some Chinese food. I made sure I got as much as I could eat. And I put it down. I love Chinese food, but I always feel lethargic after eating it, so I figured this would be the best test to see if I gained any energy out of the glasses.
The pre-loaded energy program is about 16 minutes long. So I put on the glasses, plugged in the earphones and sat back in my chair. The flickering lights and colors take some getting used to. Let me rephrase that, they take a lot of getting used to. The idea of just staring at fast flickering lights isn't something that is normal for me. I found it best to use the "Magic Eye" approach. Do you remember those magic eye posters where no mater how hard you stared at them, you could never see the 3-D imagine supposedly engrained in them? "It's a hippo!" "I totally see it!" your friends would say as you agreed while really thinking in your head, "What are they talking about? I see a bunch of colors." However, once you quit trying stare straight ahead at the lights, and just stare, then the effect really hits you.
The music wasn't Pink Floyd by any means, but more of a jazz/techno fusion. I'm not much of a fan, but it did accompany the color show quite nicely. When you couple the music with the colors, and let yourself just sit and stare, you really begin to feel the effects. And this isn't just me pulling an "Oh yeah, I totally see the hippo" moment on you guys. After my 15 minute session, I pulled off the earphones, pulled off the glasses and just kind of sat back and said, "Wow. Did that really work?" And honestly, yeah, it did. I felt great. I felt like I had more energy, and I even felt relaxed at the same time.
The light, color, and music combination isn't for everyone. A few people tried them on here at work and a few of them couldn't take it. PSiO warns that if you are subject to any form of seizure, epilepsy or visual photosensitivity, then you should not use the glasses. I never felt like I was going to have a seizure, but I can see why they attach that warning.
The glasses are available for purchase at www.psiousa.com and right now are on sale for $399.00. As I said, they come pre-loaded with a few programs and if you want to try more, they have over 100 available for download on their website. They cost about an average of $20 each and range from more relaxation and stress relief, to programs designed to get you to quit smoking or even focus your energy on having financial success.
I wish I had more time to try out the other programs, but I imagine the good people at PSiO want their glasses back. But if the rest of the programs work like the energy one did, then I'd say these glasses are a winner and worth every penny. The $400 price tag might seem a little steep, but if I could go home at night, slap these things on and feel better after a 15 minute session, that's worth it to me. Not that I go home stressed out from work or anything. Of course I don't. I now look forward to getting that call into the boss' office. This week, the PSiO glasses made that totally worth it.
Until next time...