Mind Alive Inc. (formerly Comptronic Devices Limited) is a mental-health electronics design and manufacturing company incorporated in the province of Alberta, Canada in 1981.
The Digital Audio Visual Integration Device (DAVID 1), was the world's first high-quality brain wave entrainment device to use flashes of light and pulses of tones to effectively guide the user into specific brain wave patterns. Since then, Mind Alive Inc., through careful market studies and a well-developed product research and development team, designed the DAVID Paradise series, the PAL series, and more recently, the Delight series. The success of these devices is due, in part, to their portability, programmability and low cost when compared to other treatment methods.
I got involved in AVE when I was designing a research lab to diagnose and treat TMJ Dysfunction in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Alberta with Dr. Norman Thomas (now teaching in Las Vegas, NV). While I was there, an instructor from Performing Arts commissioned me to design an AVE system for him to help his students overcome stage-fright. Given that I was extremely busy building a biofeedback lab, performing TMJ studies, teaching the Basic Human Physiology course and wondering if AVE was just some "new age" fad, I was hesitant in taking time to design a system for him. But I did. He was pleased with the results he was getting with his students, but I didn’t buy in until 1988, when I ran a study with our most difficult TMJ patients. To my complete astonishment, I had never seen anything else eliminate masseter muscle tension as measured with EMG and pain sensitivity to palpation, plus hand warming (a sign of sympathetic reduction) as well as the AVE. I then got very interested in the topic of AVE and scoured the U of A Health Sciences library to discover that photic and auditory driving had been around for a long time.
Since the concept of photic driving was discovered by Adrian & Matthews in 1943, several thousand studies have been published on the topic of AVE. In the 1950s, there was growing interest in the subjective effects of AVE. W. Gray Walters exposed several thousand subjects to photic stimulation at various frequencies and recorded their subjective experiences. On another front, was Dr. William Kroger. Kroger was a physician with the US military and Kroger noticed that battle ships and bomber planes were being driven into enemy territory because the radar operators were being entrained into a trance state from the old-fashioned “blip” style radars. This spurned Kroger to team up with Sidney Schneider of the Schneider Instrument Company where they developed the first commercial photic stimulator in 1955, which they used primarily for hypnotic induction and pain reduction during gastro-intestinal surgery and dental work.
Since this time, close to 100 clinical studies have been published on AVE. There are over two dozen studies on our DAVID products alone. There are approximately 70 schools using our products for ADHD and behavior disorders. It is currently being used to reduce PTSD in several VA centers around the USA. Some studies, such as Michael Telch’s studies, are published in journals such as “Behavior, Research and Therapy.” I have published several research articles on AVE, written two chapters in college level psychology text books and produced an online Stimulation Technologies/Entrainment course. I wrote a book named "The Rediscovery of Audio-Visual Entrainment." I have also traveled to many locations in North America, the UK, and Europe to present training workshops.
Throwback Dave (circa 1981)