Soon…

There’s been mumblings and rumors, some of which I have originated, regarding a remarkable new device soon to be released. Well, seems Transparent have decided to spill the beans for real with their release of Mind Workstation 1.5 which contains specific support for the new six-channel light control protocol, SpectraStrobe, which is used by the MindPlace Kasina.

Some time back I wrote a post called “Wishlist” where I suggested features that may be desirable in an AVS device. Not all of them were mutually compatible and many were of little interest to me. I knew at the time which ones I cared about (actually I already knew the Kasina was all I ever wanted, having been involved in its development for quite some time).

I’ll write a full review when the product is released but for now…

Kasina is a very stylish white console with high-brightness left/right RGB Ganzframe and earbuds. At its core Kasina is an MP3/WAV player with an easily swappable 8Gb SD card. Operation is mainly via an elegant 5-button navigator and a clear and informative color LCD display.

An exciting feature of Kasina is it’s user upgradable firmware. Like the Procyon, Kasina will change and evolve new features. Over the time I have known Kasina I have been astonished at the skills of the hardware/firmware engineers and the speed with suggestions have been implemented. Be assured, Kasina is the result of a lot of input from a good number of real AVS experts. MindPlace, as always, is a pleasure to work with.

SpectraStrobe is a substantial advance on the general technique used for AudioStrobe. As most of you know, AudioStrobe uses a pair of 19.2kHz signals to control left/right or bicolor Ganzframes. SpectraStrobe knows all about AudioStrobe and can then go on to detect the additional signals (18.2kHz, 18.7kHz, 19.2kHz and 19.7kHz). Spectrastrobe is an open standard allowing sessions to be created by a variety of means. Obviously Mind Workstation is a good choice, but even audio software without specific SpectraStrobe support can be readily used. Many of the references I have made in recent posts regarding 6-color control with MuLab have related to custom presets for the Kasina.

Kasina will be shipping with a heap of sessions covering just about anything you could wish for.

As much as I dislike cable tangle, I have realized that the downside to the devices that are wireless, or relatively so, is that they are limited in their capabilities, offering little scope for the enthusiast/experimenter. I gladly untangle cables to enjoy the limitless expression that Kasina offers. Kasina is powered by a rechargeable battery and can also run of USB power.

As if the convenience of MP3/WAV is not enough, Kasina also has Auxilliary Audio-In and functions as a true USB sound card if so connected to a PC, all modes allowing AudioStrobe or SpectraStrobe.

Methinks Kasina is going to be something of a game changer. I have successfully driven it using all manner of software, including BioExplorer and a couple of other EEG packages, various DAWs and synthesizers (notably MuLab) and direct generation of SpectraStrobe signals from my own programs. Out of the box it provides everything I believe to be relevant or interesting in terms of AV stimulus – the experimenter will find new realms opened.

In due course there will be a Kasina forum on the MindPlace Support site – I’ll be looking forward to seeing you there.

Cheers,
Craig

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  • Kike  On October 25, 2013 at 1:31 am

    This device Is with closed or opened eyes ?

    • Derek Bernier  On October 25, 2013 at 1:40 am

      The Kasina’s initial goggles all though updated are for use with closed eyes but Mindplace is working on a new model for both open and closed that will hopefully be released sometime soon after the new year. I’m really looking forward to those myself.

    • CraigT  On October 25, 2013 at 8:48 am

      As Derek says, initially a new high brightness closed-eye design with 6 LEDs per side (1xR, 2xG, 3xB) giving the best close-eye color I have seen. There are a few open-eye options being evaluated.

      Cheers,
      Craig

      • Mikel  On May 15, 2017 at 1:16 am

        Thanks for your thotghus. It’s helped me a lot.

  • Derek Bernier  On October 25, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Hey Craig I’m so glad the cat has been let out of the bag finally and I am just chomping at the bit to get my hands on the Kasina when it officially becomes available. I have known about it for the past few months from talking with Robert via email about it and I honored his request to keep mum about it throughout. So since I do not have to bite my tongue anymore I’m really interested in hearing your thoughts about the Kasina’s updated goggles. Robert told me that they have 3 blue led’s, 2 green and 1 red how does this updated configuration compare in your opinion? I’m anxious to hear. Robert also told me about this http://www.mind-shop.de/mindmachinezubehor-40/procyon-zubehor-66/lucia-rgb-lichtkanone-fur-procyon-319.html which totally blew my mind. Have you ever tried it as of yet? If so please share your thoughts if possible.

    • CraigT  On October 25, 2013 at 8:55 am

      Hi Derek,

      Yup, sure is good to be able to talk about Kasina!

      The new glasses are excellent – I have a fairly early pair which are excellent, and they have been improved upon in the shipping version. For color range and intensity – who needs open-eye?

      I haven’t used that particular “big light” but I have experimented with a few such ideas. Awesome if it’s what you want or meets a particular need, but I have found no purpose personally (although good to impress).

      Cheers,
      Craig

    • Aneisha  On May 14, 2017 at 11:47 pm

      This is way better than a brick & mortar esmeslibhtant.

  • leandroemile  On October 26, 2013 at 11:52 am

    hi can you show us pictures of the Kasina and the new glasses i am vary curious to see than thanks

    • CraigT  On October 27, 2013 at 7:35 am

      Soon πŸ™‚

      Physically the glasses are very similar to previous MindPlace GanzFrames, the main difference being the cluster of LEDs.

      Cheers,
      Craig

  • Anonymous  On October 27, 2013 at 9:33 am

    nice i never used a AVS machine but now i am doing some research and my choice was the procyon until i saw your post .i think i will wait a bit longer how ever i leave in Ireland and i hope will be a reseller around Europe ,,thanks

    • CraigT  On October 27, 2013 at 10:01 am

      The Procyon remains an excellent choice – the Kasina and Procyon are sufficiently different to leave a valid choice.

      You should have no trouble finding one somewhere nearby once released.

      Cheers,
      Craig

  • mhaydn  On October 28, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    is there a date for release ? i would buy a procyon but now i wait πŸ™‚ As much as I dislike cable tangle too a lot

    • Derek Bernier  On October 29, 2013 at 3:39 am

      I was told by Robert Austin of Mindplace to be sure to subscribe to the Mind Place user and support forum and the Mindplace news letter. When the Kasina release date is announced an email will be sent to all subscribers and will include benefits only members will be able to take advantage of too. You can subscribe here.
      http://www.mindplacesupport.com/forum/register.phps=3ac923f81331eda9ff2397edc87ad637
      Hope that helps.

      • Michael  On November 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm

        the link is not working 😦 get a error like this “Multiple Choices
        The document name you requested (/forum/register.phps=3ac923f81331eda9ff2397edc87ad637) could not be found on this server. However, we found documents with names similar to the one you requested.”

  • Derek  On November 4, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Sorry about that Michael. Here is the corrected link.
    https://mindplace.webstorepowered.com/signin

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