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Trend: Consumers experiment with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) with no regulatory oversight

-- DIY tDCS device: Four 9-volt batteries and sticky self-adhesive electrodes, connected by a circuit board. Courtesy of Matt Herich

– DIY tDCS device: Four 9‑volt bat­ter­ies and sticky self-adhe­sive elec­trodes, con­nect­ed by a cir­cuit board. Cour­tesy of Matt Herich

Stu­dents Zap Their Brains For a Boost, For Bet­ter Or Worse (NPR):

Last Octo­ber, Matt Herich was lis­ten­ing to the news while he drove door to door deliv­er­ing piz­zas. A sto­ry came on the radio about a tech­nol­o­gy that sends an elec­tric cur­rent through your brain to pos­si­bly make you bet­ter at Read the rest of this entry »

Too early? Brain stimulation device Thync fails to get traction in the minds of consumers

thync-vibes-wellnessHow Thync, Start­up Behind Brain-Zap­ping Gad­get, Almost Died (Bloomberg):

In 2014, Sil­i­con Val­ley start­up Thync had sold tech­nol­o­gy enthu­si­asts and ven­ture cap­i­tal­ists on the idea of strap­ping a device to your fore­head that sends elec­tric shocks to the brain. The wear­able gad­get gar­nered atten­tion for its futur­is­tic promis­es of brain stim­u­la­tion, Read the rest of this entry »

10 Neurotechnologies About to Transform Brain Enhancement and Brain Health

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30,000+ sci­en­tists and pro­fes­sion­als gath­ered for the annu­al Soci­ety for Neu­ro­science con­fer­ence in Chica­go last month, prov­ing the grow­ing inter­est and activ­i­ties to bet­ter under­stand the inner work­ings of the human brain, and to dis­cov­er ways and tech­nolo­gies to enhance its health and per­for­mance.

Now, which of all those ongo­ing efforts are clos­er to touch­ing our lives, to empow­er con­sumers, patients and health pro­fes­sion­als? Read the rest of this entry »

Good news: The Digital Revolution meets the Human Brain (as evidenced by the explosion of neurotech patent filings)

PatentExample_neurotechOur brain is at the core of every­thing we do, from the every-day deci­sions we make to the epic emo­tions we feel when we fall in love. Giv­en its vital role in our lives, it is great news that two of the most well-fund­ed research pro­grams in the world focus on the brain sci­ences: Read the rest of this entry »

Unclear yet if it works, but here comes Thync–the first mainstream, consumer-focused brain stimulation device

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Hands-On With Thync’s Mood-Alter­ing Head­set (Techcrunch):

Thync is launch­ing its mood-alter­ing head­set today, let­ting you find a state of calm or boost your ener­gy with con­trols on your smart­phone.

…Once you begin, you can dial the inten­si­ty of the expe­ri­ence up or down Read the rest of this entry »

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