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Brain hacking emerges as latest trend in wearable tech, but is it ready for prime time?

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Brain-zap­ping gad­gets promise to make you a bet­ter you — smarter, stronger, even hap­pi­er (The Wash­ing­ton Post):

Amer­i­cans’ obses­sion with well­ness is fuel­ing a new cat­e­go­ry of con­sumer elec­tron­ics, one that goes far beyond the ubiq­ui­tous Fit­bits and UP activ­i­ty wrist­bands that only pas­sive­ly mon­i­tor users’ phys­i­cal activ­i­ty. The lat­est wear­able tech, to put it in the sim­plest terms, is about hack­ing your brain. Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Is it a videogame, or an FDA-approved medical treatment?

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Play This Video Game and Call Me in the Morn­ing (KQED):

The brain net­work that con­trols mul­ti­task­ing con­nects with net­works that con­trol mem­o­ry and atten­tion span. So by play­ing the game, some sci­en­tists believe you can improve cog­ni­tive skills, and by exten­sion, relieve a range of symp­toms asso­ci­at­ed with Read the rest of this entry »

Next: FDA-cleared mobile brain monitoring tools to detect cognitive impairment

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FDA Has Cleared New Cog­ni­tive Screen­ing Tests (Alz­fo­rum):

The Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion recent­ly cleared, mean­ing it deemed safe, two tests that may help doc­tors screen for cog­ni­tive decline. One is the so-called Cog­ni­sion sys­tem from Neu­ronetrix, a com­pa­ny based in Read the rest of this entry »

Open question: Can coffee & Ritalin’s mental effects be delivered, safely, over a smartphone?

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Will 2015 be the year our smart­phones link up to our brains? (Pop­u­lar Sci­ence):

Thync bills itself first and fore­most as a neu­ro­science com­pa­ny. Its sole product—slated for release lat­er this year—is a smart­phone-con­trolled wear­able device that will allow the user to active­ly alter his or her brain’s elec­tri­cal state through tran­scra­nial direct cur­rent stim­u­la­tion (tDCS). The big idea: Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Dealing with opportunities and challenges from mood-altering consumer wearables

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CES: what would blow your mind — brain-zap­ping head­set or smart ket­tle? (Finan­cial Times):

A three-year-old start-up called Thync want­ed to strap a pro­to­type of its brain-zap­ping head­set to my tem­ples, with the inten­tion of alter­ing my mood. As wear­able devices go, it sound­ed a refresh­ing change from Read the rest of this entry »

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