It’s clear that medical innovation can not solely be done by doctors or just by biomedical engineers, physicists, or mathematicians. They must join forces — to clearly define problems, and find the right technology, science and computational intelligence — and then prepare solutions for physicians to evaluate and incorporate into treatment protocols. We understand that medicine in the 21st century will be next to the patient wherever he or she is, and not in the hospital. How do we do this?
Jon Shapiro is Co-owner and CPO of Data Garden, serving his mission to build connection to nature and the human body through live sonification of biological data. MIDI Sprout, his company’s first product, is a device that attaches to plants and translates their biodata into music in real time. In addition to mounting installations, performances, and guided meditations to share this work, Shapiro leads development of mobile software to make this process easier for users and reach new consumers. You can listen to a stream of plant music live from Data Garden’s studio at www.plants.fm
Over the last year he has adapted this software to perform the same sonification techniques on human data for biofeedback entrainment. This technology helps to increase body awareness while inspiring users to go deeper in meditation and increase performance in exercise. Data Garden has begun licensing this to the HeartMath Institute and other biofeedback and music delivery platforms.