A lot is happening inside the Mind Lamp™. What seems to be a simple color-changing process is actually the result of complicated circuitry that measures probabilities derived from electron tunneling, a curious but well-known feature of the quantum realm.
In electron tunneling, electrons encounter a potential energy barrier. Depending on their wave-function, they have a certain probability of staying on one side of the barrier, or suddenly appearing (“tunneling”) on the other side. At the heart of the Mind Lamp™ is a device called a random event generator (REG) that converts electron tunneling phenomena into a digital output.
According to quantum theory, the digital outputs of the REG are intrinsically random. A microprocessor inside the Mind Lamp™ monitors the the statistical characteristics of the REG’s output, looking for probabilistic patterns happening within the random data. The probabilities measured are used to adjust the red, green, blue, and white color balances of a set of special high-power LEDs.
The result is a rich and fascinating color display, as the Mind Lamp™ moves between deep hues of white, red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, blue, purple, and magenta. A switch inside the lamp toggles between two operational modes: white-to-color mode, in which the lamp stays white until a probabilistic pattern moves it toward another color, and rainbow mode, in which the lamp does cycles between the nine colors, moving from one to the other when a probabilistic pattern is detected.
This means that the behavior of the lamp is not predetermined, or even fundamentally predictable. The behavior of the lamp is ultimately driven by probability measurements derived from the nanoscopic realm, where the rules can be very different.
Perhaps the most interesting feature of the Mind Lamp™, is that several research bodies have found significant evidence that the human mind can have an organizing effect on random systems. In other words, evidence suggests that the Mind Lamp™ can be influenced by consciousness – our subjective thoughts, moods, and intention.
At the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research laboratory at Princeton University, for example, scientists gathered enormous amounts of evidence suggesting that our minds can have an unexplained yet statistically significant organizing effect on the output of random event generators. (www.princeton.edu/~pear)
Most users report a curious connection between their intention and the color behavior of the lamp. Can you influence the Mind Lamp™ by thought alone? Read the research and try it for yourself.