A Pennsylvania-based wellness technology company called Narbis announced a new pair of smart glasses this week that are meant to change the way kids focus.
The glasses are designed to encourage the wearer to concentrate — Narbis envisions them being used in a situation like homework. According to the company, the glasses provide nuerofeedback, penalizing or rewarding the user based on their brain patterns, which is known as operant conditioning.
For example, the glasses will go dark when the person is distracted, and clear up when the wearer is concentrating. In other words, they can physically prevent the wearer from seeing distractions.
The glasses are available for a discounted preorder price of $590, or for $690 once they become available in early December.
Some analysts have already suggested that wearables might be the future of health tech, as fitness trackers and watches become more common. Other companies are also expanding their wearables to children, like wearable thermometers for babies and trackers for older children. Some research even suggests that wearables can relieve stress and reduce disruptive or self-harming behavior in children with autism and developmental delays. Perhaps smart glasses and other wearables are the future of learning among school-aged children as well.
Here's a close look at how Narbis' smart glasses will work.