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Focused Technology
1205 W. Las Flores
Ridgecrest, CA 93556
Focused Technology
1205 W. Las Flores
Ridgecrest, CA 93556
(760) 371-2281

Our Philosophy

The medical model of biofeedback/neurofeedback concerns itself with the diagnosis and repair of body parts. Physiological data are analyzed and/or compared with norms and the proper conditioning feedback is applied. Ample literature and training are available for this model.

At Focused Technology, we are excited about a model which deals with a person as an integrated whole. Feedback is used to enhance awareness and open options. Physiological data provides information on what the person is doing, rather than what is broken. While there may be physiological problems present, we are interested in the person’s overall quality of life as a measure of outcome. Our feedback training takes advantage of a "Natural Learning Model" as an alternative to operant conditioning. The clients own natural curiosity provides motivation rather than artificial rewards. The clinician's role is to provide appropriate learning experiences and assist the client in dealing with the outcome. The result is increased flexibility and confidence for the client.

Company History

Focused Technology was established in 1986 and holds an Arizona Registered Trade Name. The company was formerly named Franks Publications and Research established in 1976. Early work involved stand alone temperature, EDR, and EMG instruments. We also provided contract hardware/software design for various industrial customers.

F1000 History

In 1986, our first computer based feedback system was designed to support Mary Deits work at Canyon Ranch Spa, Tucson, Arizona. It soon became apparent the nature of biofeedback work at Canyon Ranch required a new approach to biofeedback equipment. A typical guest would have only one 50 minute session during a typical stay. The guests were highly motivated, top level people in their fields ranging from CEO, entertainer, government, etc. There was a need for equipment which could be quickly and reliably setup, and the feedback easily understood. The resulting prototype system was refined from the comments of the sophisticated guest population and eventually became the F1000. 

The F1000 has led the field with high resolution temperature feedback, shielded EMG and EEG cables, uninterrupted raw logging of EEG data, electronic respiration transducers, and proportional feedback. Recently we have added an interface for the "Thinking Cap" brain activity monitor. The F1000 is known for its reliability and ease of use. It is in use at facilities worldwide and is the system of choice by students at a  number of universities

As of October 8, 2001, the F1000 is no longer available

The Yamaha sound synthesizer chip which has been the heart of the F1000's sound quality has been dropped by Yamaha. We have held back a number of the chips to allow us to provide support for F1000 repairs for the forseeable future. (Actually, we have never had a Yamaha chip fail in the 13+ years we have built the F1000). It is with sadness that we say goodbye to an old friend. As things go in the high tech world, the F1000 has had a long.and useful life.

Frank Deits, Technical Director
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Frank Deits is an engineer with 30+ years experience in the instrumentation field. He has extensive experience in "mission critical" aerospace testing as Senior Instrumentation Engineer on major projects at White Sands Missile Range and Naval Weapons Center. He designed and installed the first computer based air quality monitioring system for Pima County, Arizona. Frank brings 16 years experience in teaching electronic instrumentation and programming at Idaho State University and Pima Community College.

Frank also has extensive experience in the Human Potential field. He has attended numerous Esalen workshops since 1968 conducted by many of the pioneers in the field. This background has had a major influence on the design of the F1000 clinician interface and client feedback screens.

Mary Deits, M.C., Clinical Director
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Mary has received a Master of Counseling degree from Idaho State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Whittier College with a biology major. Mary is Arizona and nationally certified as a counselor and holds an Arizona community college teaching certificate in life science and psychology.

Having a deep interest in integrating the body and mind Mary currently maintains a clinical practice in Prescott, AZ, where she continually explores new approaches for integrating biofeedback and learning styles. She is a clinical consultant and teaches clinical applications of biofeedback to therapists. She collaborates with her husband on the design and manufacture of the F1000 Feedback Training System.

Mary has spent many years of her adult life in personal self exploration and in nontraditional work settings. As a high school teacher she taught potential dropouts their health science requirement for graduation. At a world renown spa Mary consulted with international entertainers and corporate executives. This involved adapting biofeedback to managing stress, enhancing performance, and developing their creative capabilities.

Her close friends and colleagues have called her a gestalt oriented body therapist. Beginning in the late 1960’s Mary has accumulated over 2000 hours of body therapies taught by innovative practitioners in the field primarily at Esalen Institute. These practitioners were sharing their creative frontiers in self actualization. This creative atmosphere provided the spirit for Mary’s integrating the body therapies with multimodal biofeedback. As consultant to an international health spa/resort her approach achieved significant results in one session with a guest.

In February 1999, Mary experienced a major stroke. She has made a remarkable recovery and has written a book, My Exciting Stroke, on the experience. 

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