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Physiologically Interactive Music (PIM)– The Ultimate Music for Relaxation and Sleep

Stress management products and services are a multibillion dollar industry; a segment of which includes relaxation music and music for sleep. Based on two principles from psychology, medicine and music therapy (iso-music and entrainment), Physiologically Interactive Music (PIM) offers patent-pending technology revolutionizing the way individuals use music for relaxation and sleep. Previously, these principles have been difficult to apply without presenting live music. Developed by a researcher at Utah State University, PIM now enables individuals to listen to their preferred prerecorded music (style/genre) directly in conjunction with their ongoing respiration rate and perceived state of relaxation. Furthermore, PIM also gradually modifies elements of the music (tempo, rhythm, etc.) to influence a more relaxed state of being. USU is seeking companies interested in licensing PIM, for which broad market opportunities exist in stress reduction applications for both the general consumer and medical community.
Features and Benefits
  • General consumer/ outpatient:
    • Stress reduction for anxiety, hypertension, insomnia, headaches
    • Enhanced states of relaxation/meditation
    • Lamaze training
  • Medical settings:
    • Anxiety reduction, pain distraction, and sleep promotion during pre/postoperative periods, inpatient/outpatient procedures, recuperation
  • Presents listener’s preferred music (style, genre) at base and secondary activity tempi that are systematically altered, benefiting users by promoting slow, deep breathing
  • Manual control enables listener to begin session at preferred tempo (based on level of anxiety), which is systematically reduced for relaxation E
Using music of the listener’s choice or from a predetermined menu, PIM enables control of an activity’s frequency (e.g. respiration) through a method that presents the listener with a combined base track of prerecorded music (base tempo) and a rhythmic musical track (activity tempo). The activity tempo, which can be preprogrammed, manual, or interactive based on sensor feedback, is altered to influence the pace of the activity. For example, because respiration rates are slower than music tempos, a special instrumental track (swelling strings, etc.) is added over the base tempo of a music selection to prompt inhalations and exhalations. Depending on the application, the base track may be continuously synchronized with the activity track.
Development Stage
One issued patent and one pending utility patent:
U.S. Patent Application No. 20090260506
U.S. Patent No. 5,267,942
Allan Wood
Commercialization Associate
Technology Commercialization Office
(435) 797-2515
Reference: W07045