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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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