Foc.us v2 – lucid daydreaming?

27 09 2015

Readers may remember the original foc.us headset launched back in 2013 which used tDCS technology to offer a new gaming experience.

By applying a small controlled DC electric current to the user’s brain the idea is to improve overall cognitive performance through reaction times, etc. This unfortunately is known as ‘brain zapping’ and ‘overclocking’ – terminology that is more reminiscent of ECT (electro-convulsive therapy) and compares the human brain as a machine to that of a CPU in a computer.

foc.us docking station

foc.us v2 docking station

 

Technology has moved rapidly since, (Lucidity Institute take note) to the point where health, fitness and sleep gadget wearables which interact with the user and associated smartphone technology are all the rage on crowdfunding sites and the Internet in general. Read the rest of this entry »





IWinks Aurora – The Zeo Sleep Monitor incarnate?

6 03 2015

Earlier this year I made a post on this blog about the recent design changes to the Aurora dream-enhancing headband which included the size and layout of the pcb prototype.

Aurora pcb headband layout

However I must point out that I was not the first person to notice the similarities to the Zeo design – in particular in relation to the fabric electrodes and the clip on headband arrangement, as it had in fact been pointed out by one or two backers on the Kickstarter comments page here.

 

iWinks Aurora electrode pads

I must admit Manoko and co. do have a point. Read the rest of this entry »