Wearable technology is a burgeoning market as proved by the plethora of goods at the latest CES Tradeshow in Las Vegas this January. Forbes having predicted “2014 Will Be The Year of Wearable Technology” and the battle for space on your body is underway, with a host of wearable inventions to measure and improve lifestyle.
With wristbands that can charge your phone on-the-go, smartwatches that display messages from your smart phone and Internet connected glasses, the possibilities for always being connected are endless. However, most monitor and deliver information whereas one product, the foc.us headset, for gamers, is blazing a trail with wearable technology that improves mental skills. The headset amps up the brain, improves memory, vigilance and enables people to think faster.
Developed by entrepreneur Michael Oxley, the foc.us headset is the first wearable transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) technology on the market. Gamers are taking up the product in their droves, as it allows them to experience new levels of achievement.
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) uses a constant, low current, delivered directly to the brain area via small electrodes. Tests on healthy adults demonstrated that tDCS can increase cognitive performance in a variety of tasks, depending on the area of the brain being stimulated. tDCS has been utilised to enhance language and mathematical ability, attention span, problem solving, memory and coordination.
The futuristic headset rests neatly on the back of the head with four space-age electrode pads placed at the front. Michael Oxley says: “The force of controlled electricity excites the brain’s neurons into firing faster, enabling gamers to respond quickly. It’s a smart piece of wearable technology that shows people that you are really serious about your game and in achieving the utmost concentration”.
The foc.us headset, available in red or black, is controlled manually by using a touch sensor or people can connect via Bluetooth 4.0 from a compatible mobile device, such as an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. It looks pretty revolutionary too and is available from foc.us for £179.00 ($249.00)