Headset sends electric currents into the brain to improve focus
In today’s world of non-stop information, it’s hard to find a good space to concentrate. While Melon aims to help users calm their mind through quantifying and analyzing their brain patterns, the foc.us headset is offering a different approach, using small electric currents to stimulate the brain of gamers to improve their performance.
The headset uses a method called transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, or tDCS – which has been clinically trialled and shown to improve cognitive processing. The foc.us team is currently marketing its device at gamers who want to get a step ahead their opponents through quicker reaction times and greater problem solving abilities. They can achieve this through the four electrodes located at the front of the headset, which – when soaked in saline solution and placed onto the forehead – deliver between 0.8 and 2.0 mA of electricity into the brain. The device is connected via Bluetooth to an accompanying app from which users can control the timing and amount of dosage they’re receiving. The foc.us is on sale in both red and black styles at USD 249 for US customers and GBP 179 for those in the UK.
While the science behind tDCS seems to be backed up by peer-reviewed research, the headset isn’t suitable for under-18s or those with conditions such as epilepsy. However, if it proves effective, the foc.us could be a safe way for healthy adults to improve their mental performance in any field.