OpenSeed teams up with Dr. Deepak Chopra and world-renowned designer, Yves Behar, to create an innovative workplace meditation capsule
“OpenSeed’s meditation modules can play an important role in facilitating meditation in the workplace, residences, and commercial spaces,” said Dr. Deepak Chopra, best-selling author and world-renowned pioneer of integrative medicine and personal transformation. “The pod is a unique environment that beautifully integrates industrial design, technology and content that helps alleviate stress and build self-awareness. Given the mental health crisis we are facing, OpenSeed can offer the kind of solution that could help many people reap the vast benefits of meditation,” Chopra continued.
Research Shows OpenSeed Pods Dramatically Increase Meditation Effectiveness
Research has shown that meditation in OpenSeed pods significantly increases the effectiveness of meditation. A study conducted in Japansupervised by Dr. Michihito Sugawara, neurosurgeon and director of the Sugawara Neurosurgery Clinic, tested 30 subjects over a three-week period and found that isolated and controlled environments have great potential to quickly and effectively quiet the mind, reduce stress and improve peak performance.
OpenSeed plans to conduct further scientific studies of microenvironments intentionally designed for meditation that include content by Deepak Chopra and leading sound designers, therapists and meditation teachers.
Iris’ unique design integrates the digital with the physical
Yves Beharfounder and CEO of SF-based fuseproject and product designer behind many award-winning products for Herman MillerSamsung, L’Oreal and many others said, “Our design for Iris is a womb-shaped capsule that aims to quiet the chatter and help us refocus on our well-being. The Iris design is put together on-site and made with sustainably sourced materials and recycled textiles.A touchscreen offers meditation options, and the successful integration of digital with the physical gives the mind and body the rest it needs to heal. Daily stress is unavoidable, but by being present and more aware of our feelings, we may also be able to achieve higher levels of emotional intelligence.”
Available for pre-order from todaythe Iris will be retailed at $16,000 or around $485/month plus a monthly subscription at Q1 2023 launch, with a discount available for those who book a pod in advance.
Strong need for meditation modules
Mental health issues have cost individuals and businesses billions of dollars in medical bills, lost productivity and well-being. Although approaches exist for employee wellness (e.g. corporate retreats, wellness apps, and in-house meditation facilitators), most workplaces do not offer conducive spaces to meditation. According to a research report by JLL, the world leader in real estate services, only 17% of workers have access to relaxation areas.
To solve this problem, OpenSeed is developing a hardware, software and content platform that powers a network of pods designed for meditation and wellness experiences. OpenSeed creates environments explicitly designed to induce calm and facilitate access to elevated states of mental well-being.
“Millions of people already know the benefits of meditation, but they struggle to start and maintain a consistent practice. We have a solution that was born at the intersection of industrial design, sound, music, technology and ancient wisdom. It provides a space to learn and practice meditation, even in busy, high-stress environments like the workplace and hospitals,” said Jonathan MarcoschamerFounder and CEO of OpenSeed.
ON DEEPAK CHOPRA
DEEPAK CHOPRA™ MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundationa non-profit entity for welfare and humanitarianism research, and Global Chopra, a modern health company at the intersection of science and spirituality, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. Chopra is Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at University of California, San Diego and serves as a senior scientist with the Gallup Organization. He is the author of more than 90 books translated into more than forty-three languages, including many New York Times bestsellers. Over the past thirty years, Chopra has been at the forefront of the meditation revolution and its 92n/a delivered, Abundance (harmony books) provides an illuminating guide to success, fulfillment, wholeness and abundance, offering practical advice on how to cultivate a sense of abundance in times of fear and insecurity. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the 100 greatest heroes and icons of the century”. www.deepakchopra.com
ABOUT YVES BEHAR AND FUSEPROJECT
fuseproject is an award-winning industrial design and branding company based in San Francisco. The company was founded in 1999 by Yves Behar with a fundamental desire to improve the way people experience and interact with a product. fuseproject works globally and across a wide range of industries including technology, home furnishings, fashion, environmental design and consumer goods. www.fuseproject.com
ABOUT OPEN SEED
OpenSeed develops calming meditation modules for the workplace and other commercial and residential spaces. Our mission is to positively impact the lives of millions of people by facilitating access to higher states of consciousness, where creativity flows and productivity peaks.
OpenSeed is currently fundraising through crowdfunding on Wefunder . Legal disclosure.