AttentivU biosignals help re-focus attention

By Melissa Cao

Thanks to our constant connection to the Internet, getting access to information has never been easier. But this endless stream of content can pose issues for our ever-dwindling attention spans. Whether it’s focusing on work or listening to a lecture, there are multiple ways to get distracted: over the course of an hourlong lecture, our minds may often unintentionally wander, as we think about where we’ll go after the talk or what we’ll later eat for dinner. Dr. Nataliya Kosmyna, a postdoctoral associate at the MIT Media Lab, may have a solution to this problem: in her xTalk on February 13 she presented her work on AttentivU, a smart glasses prototype that aims to combat this widespread loss of attention.

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