Mindball is developed by Interactive Productline, and is a product that aims improve focus for esports athletes by analyzing signals in the brain. Here’s how it works, and how it could potentially help esports organisations in training their players!
Esports is a big thing, there’s no denying it. Organisations spend a lot of money training their players and employ coaches for guiding them. They’ve also started hiring sports psychologists; Mia Stellberg helped Astralis win a major tournament, and the team players said she really was helpful in building their team spirit.
Mindball is a new gadget that could help immensely in training the focus of esports athletes.
How does it work? In the simplest terms, a wearable headband will measure electrical signals in your brain. This data is then sent to the software, which is then analyzed by their algorithm. They say their algorithm has been well tested for several years (its development goes way back to 2003) and reports on several characteristics.
These characteristics are focus levels, sustained focus periods, number of interruptions, and some others. Live data of these graphs can also be seen with in-game overlays for real time tracking. Esports athletes along with their coaches and other trainers can use this data for analyzing their focus, understand what went wrong during interruptions, and then bring about change to improve.
There are also going to be training modes that will help improve focus through specially designed levels. The beta version of this program seems to be tracking focus on different game elements like kills, deaths, planted bomb, low health, and other things. It’s also recording the data of the game for things like shots hit, shots missed, kill/death ratio, favourite weapon, and other statistics along with the focus levels for individual rounds too.