IRIS Flow Headphones use algorithms to enhance listening experience | Design | Dezeen

A pair of wireless algorithm-driven headphones features in this captioned video produced by Dezeen for audio technology brand IRIS.

The highly engineered product, called IRIS Flow Headphones, features integrated technology that aims to engage the human brain.

IRIS is a UK startup best known for developing patented software that digitally enhances sound to recreate the qualities of a live listening experience.

The headphones are designed to stimulate within the listener a neurological state in which the brain is simultaneously focussed and relaxed.

This mindset, commonly referred to as “flow state”, encourages individuals to listen to sound more actively.

“Listening to music with IRIS enhances the engagement and absorption of the music and provides more stimulation of the brain,” says Joydeep Bhattacharya, professor of psychology at Goldsmiths, who conducted an independent study into the effects of IRIS technology.

“This in turn can lead to a flow-like state for the listener as they are listening more actively – their brain is more engaged.”

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