MindFi

Meditate with open eyes. Be productive.

#5 Product of the WeekOctober 12, 2017
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MindFi is a meditation app built with productivity and your busy routine in mind. Train your attention with YOUR EYES OPEN at a convenient time and place. We built this for beginners to learn at a gentler pace - try it before a meal 🌯 , scrolling a Facebook feed mindfully, resting at your office desk and even at the restroom! 🚽😉

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Reviews

  • Jeff ByrnesWriter, AppAdvice
    Pros: 

    Ambient sounds are very natural-sounding

    Cons: 

    Volume levels of recordings inconsistent, no Apple Health integration

    Some recordings are too quiet, while others are too loud. There's no integration with Apple Health's Mindfulness category, which most other meditation apps have adopted.

    Jeff Byrnes has used this product for one day.
  • Andrew WWeb developer in Toronto
    Pros: 

    Emphasizing short meditations is a great idea, and I haven't seen it before.

    Cons: 

    Needs a lot more testing

    In trying to sign up, the process would fail silently. I finally figured out that the app doesn't like one character usernames in email addresses, or four-letter TLDs, even though both are valid. The onboarding graphics were really fuzzy. I think they're scaled images? The developers have clearly never tested on an iPhone SE screen, as the UI is cut off (see https://d.pr/i/KSlfJ).

    It's beta quality software, but I really hope these issues get addressed. It's a great concept. If well-executed, I could see it being a part of my routine.

    Andrew W has used this product for one day.

Discussion

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Bjorn Lee
Maker
@bjorn_lee · Founder @MindFi. Ex-Zendesk.
Hi PH! I'm Bjorn, founder of MindFi. 👋 We built MindFi for busy humans to improve your focus and attention with a super-convenient meditation system, where you train with YOUR EYES OPEN. For productivity geeks (like me), we also baked in a handy Pomodoro timer so you can spend your 5-minute break wisely, with meditation! I started meditating 7 years ago due to stress-induced chest pains from my 1st startup. I joined a 10-day meditation retreat in India but could not maintain the ascetic discipline required . As a product maker, I saw meditation suffering from an onboarding UX problem. My goal is not to build a meditation app, but really to build an attention coach for our distracting times. A few pro tips for MindFi: - Try 1st session with your eyes open. Worried about looking weird? Wear earphones to look thoughtful :P - Scroll our timeline and find a time you can practise everyday. I personally like 4pm to take a short pit stop and recharge my mental batteries. - Click the rightmost button: "Deep Work" mode (inspired by Cal Newport). That's a 25-min Pomodoro timer with a 5-min meditation break. That's how I get shit done at the start of my day. - Follow our 7-day program. You will be challenged on Days 4 and 7. No spoilers here ;) 🙏 Thank you! MindFi is free for all Product Hunters today for 3 months. We are already hard at work on V2. Launching is a journey, not a destination for us. I will be here for next 18 hours till i hop on a plane so ask away! :D
Andrii Khakhariev@akhakhariev · Apps that make copy better!
@bjorn_lee Thanks for such a beautiful app. Cool idea!
Ryan Chin
Maker
@ryan_severus_chin · Team Member @ Mindfi
@bjorn_lee @akhakhariev Thanks Andrii!
Bjorn Lee
Maker
@bjorn_lee · Founder @MindFi. Ex-Zendesk.
@akhakhariev Glad you like it! Credit goes to @viviana
Casie Lane@casielane · Singapore Director at SheWorx
@bjorn_lee yay! I'm so happy you've been hunted. I don't mind looking weird but I'm hoping I can fool my kids who often play in my background when I meditate now.
Bjorn Lee
Maker
@bjorn_lee · Founder @MindFi. Ex-Zendesk.
@casielane nice! 😄
Nolan McCoy@nolanmccoy · Church Film Producer
@bjorn_lee I like the idea, downloading as we speak. It does answer a problem that I myself face. Wondering long term any plans for subscription or app cost in the future? My current meditation app subscription is up in two days and honestly cant justify paying for it again without little I use it because of this problem.
Bjorn Lee
Maker
@bjorn_lee · Founder @MindFi. Ex-Zendesk.
@nolanmccoy yes we have plans for a monthly subscription model. May I ask what app you use currently? The current set of content are all being tested so I will love to add your feedback for our next set 😉 happy to extend free subscription too for being part of our feedback group!
Nolan McCoy@nolanmccoy · Church Film Producer
@bjorn_lee I currently use Headspace and swear by it, what they have done in the app in the past 6 months blew me away. The branding, the content mostly in the "Singles" category. (Fear of flying, waking up early, the daily headspace sessions that only exist for that calendar day, etc.) The price is not terrible, but again the amount I actually get to use it does not support the value. I would be happy to help out and provide feedback, 😉 how can I get in contact?
Bjorn Lee
Maker
@bjorn_lee · Founder @MindFi. Ex-Zendesk.
@nolanmccoy drop me an email at Look forward :)
Louis de Vaumas@louisdv · Co-founder @ Ubicar.fr
@bjorn_lee Hi, I just downloaded MindFi, but unfortunately it's not responsive enough and I do not have all the content on my screen (iPhone SE), thus I can't test it :-(
Bjorn Lee
Maker
@bjorn_lee · Founder @MindFi. Ex-Zendesk.
@louisdv I apologize for the inconvenience. that is our top priority right now and expect an update next week!
Louis de Vaumas@louisdv · Co-founder @ Ubicar.fr
@bjorn_lee Thanks for your quick answer! I will give it an other shot after the fix!
Andrew W@awhite · Web developer in Toronto
@bjorn_lee I found a few bugs. Your app fails on sign up if I use an email address with a single character username, or a four-letter TLD. On an iPhone SE, the onboarding looks fuzzy. The UI is also cut off (see https://d.pr/i/KSlfJ). I think you guys missed testing on iPhone 5s/SE screen sizes?
Bjorn Lee
Maker
@bjorn_lee · Founder @MindFi. Ex-Zendesk.
@awhite ouch, thanks for the headsup Andrew! We are on the screen incompatibility problem already but the email issue is new. Definitely missed something there. Update coming next week! My apologies!
Andrew W@awhite · Web developer in Toronto
@bjorn_lee Thanks, Bjorn. Look forward to seeing the updates.
Andrew W@awhite · Web developer in Toronto
@bjorn_lee Further update: I found a response to my first attempt to sign up (the one with the one character username) in my spam folder. So I guess it did go through, but the app didn't think it succeeded? No go on the one with the .info domain, however.
Bjorn Lee
Maker
@bjorn_lee · Founder @MindFi. Ex-Zendesk.
@awhite noted, we will look into that and reach out if we need more info!
Derek Devore@derek_devore · Founder
@bjorn_lee Fantastic concept. I'm excited to try it.
Phoa Zhiqing Viviana
Maker
@viviana · Interaction Designer
@louisdv Thanks for getting interested with MindFi, glad to tell you that it's now available in iPhone SE size in the app store. Do take a look and feel free to let us know your experience! :) Once again sorry for the inconvenient cause.
Phoa Zhiqing Viviana
Maker
@viviana · Interaction Designer
@awhite Glad to tell you that it's now available in iPhone SE size in the app store. Do take a look and feel free to let us know your experience! :) Once again sorry for the inconvenient cause.
Allan Caeg@allancaeg · Founder, NorthStories.io
I usually close my eyes when meditating... but sometimes I have to rush so I won't be able to meditate before leaving home. Like today, I occasionally try to close my eyes and meditate in public... but folks around me would find it weird. I typically work in cafes (like right now) so this is the usual kind of place where I need a moment of silence. Looking forward to trying this out!
Ryan Chin
Maker
@ryan_severus_chin · Team Member @ Mindfi
@allancaeg Thanks Allan! We made MindFi for people like you who have packed schedules but still want the benefits of meditation- so we combined the best of both worlds :)
Daniel Cerventus Lim@daniel_cerventus_lim
Been using this. Love this.
Ryan Chin
Maker
@ryan_severus_chin · Team Member @ Mindfi
@daniel_cerventus_lim thanks Daniel :)
Abadesi@abadesi · Community at Product Hunt
The addictiveness of devices and endless scrolling makes it difficult for most people - including me - to settle our minds for meditation. I like how the app lets you do brief sessions even on the go 💫
Abadesi@abadesi · Community at Product Hunt
Forgot to mention I love the visuals! Felt like I was traveling through space 💀
Ryan Chin
Maker
@ryan_severus_chin · Team Member @ Mindfi
@abadesi Hi Abadesi! Thank you for checking us out :). I think you'd like our work feature too- we use meditation to enhance your routine/work!
Bjorn Lee
Maker
@bjorn_lee · Founder @MindFi. Ex-Zendesk.
@abadesi Love the space analogy ;)
Michael Cho@michael_cho · Cofounder, YAM
Congrats guys! How do u see yourself differently compared to existing apps in this space such as Headspace & Calm?
Bjorn Lee
Maker
@bjorn_lee · Founder @MindFi. Ex-Zendesk.
@michael_cho MindFi is for beginners or lapsed meditators and has a much gentler learning curve. We see meditation as ENHANCING stuff you already do (meals, commutes etc), not ADDING a new activity to a busy routine. The logistics of traditional aka formal meditation (time, place, posture, eyes) can be daunting for beginners hence we have focused on the informal branch of meditation which allows you to keep your eyes open. With open eyes, it opens up the other vectors of meditation practice! It is better to begin with simpler exercises before gradually escalating to more challenging exercises to deepen the practice. Its like starting out at a gym, we want folks to have fun with lighter weights before doing heavy-lifting with daunting barbells ;)