Just as certain kinds of air or water can be safe, or poisonous, certain environments can by their very structure be safe or unsafe for a human (or even animal) nervous system, because of the patterns they contain. The concept of neuromechanical safaty is meant to protect nervous systems from such damaging signal patterns, and the NeuroSafe trademark is mean to keep that meaning uncorrupted.
Fortunately the principles for deciding what is and is not good for us are not up for sale, nor up for debate. Those principles are based deeper than mere evidence, all the way down in physical laws of information flow through space and time. Those are the laws and principles we can use to protect ourselves and those we care about from environments and interactions which undermine sensory experience.
I (William Softky) am co-author of the first and only scientific paper explaining human trust in terms of signal-processing explanation of trust-formation, and thereby quantifying the informational needs of nervous systems. The paper, Sensory Metrics of Neuromechanical Trust, is cited below. I use the Framework from that paper as the final reference for what is and is not safe for human beings. None of its conclusions have been disputed.
In particular, Sensory Metrics offers strong advice regarding built environments, for example sound both intentional and otherwise, lighting, distractions, physical navigation, and trustworthiness. I am known as a good explainer.
My rate is the same for in-person and teleconferencing (I prefer in person for many reasons). I intend my rate over all clients to average $300, meaning resource-poor people pay less while rich businesses pay more.
A mad scientist looks at NeuroSafe vs. toxic home lighting View video
Ultrasonic Lights at 1000fps View video
A Neurosafe user interface for a C02 monitor View video
This report describes principles of neuromechanical safety using standard scientific measurements which could be applied equally to light, sound, or physical vibration.
Light is the focus in this report, in particular comparing sunlight, incandescent “Edison” bulbs, and LED lights that one might consider buying. If you as a customer have paid additional fees for personalized evaluation, this report will also contain measurements of your specific devices side by side with the “official” ones, to compare in context.Download Sample Neurosafe Environment Report
This report describes principles of how the nervous system operates to explain what is and is not safe for them.
The report contains background information useful to anyone, as well as sections specifically written for you. If you as a customer have paid additional fees for measurements, this report will also contain measurements of your specific devices side by side with the “official” ones, to compare in context.Download Sample Neurosafe Consulting Report
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NeuroSafe principles inform how to design monitor interfaces which only attract attention when necessary, and blend into the background otherwise. For example this one: Circuit for a NeuroSafe CO2 monitor.