New wearable trains your brain

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Neeuro has unveiled what it says is one of the world’s first EEG-based brain training solutions for consumers.

The prototype EEG Brainwave Headgear, researched and developed by a team of neuroscientists and engineers in Singapore, is a wearable device that captures brain activities and signals, and is paired with a mobile app called Memorie, with over 20 games designed for all ages.

Neeuro says the aim of the headgear is to exercise the brain for a healthier mind, particularly people who suffer from dementia.

The headgear is designed with EEG sensors and reference electrodes to capture very low frequency signals and accurately read the brain’s cognitive signals.

The games in the Memorie app are designed around real-world experiences to train different aspects of the brain’s cognitive functions, such as memory, spatial skills, decision-making, attention and multi-tasking.

Some games can be partly controlled by thoughts, such as Mind Copter, in which the player uses her mind to make a helicopter go up or down to pick up passengers.

While games controlled by brainwaves in itself sounds cool, the real value is in the backend software, says Dr Alvin Chan, Neeuro’s founder and CEO.

“Your brain skill performance is computed from brain wave scores and the user’s action and behavior during the game,” he said. “The measured brain waves can record improvements in performance and specific areas the user needs to work on.”

But, he notes, improvement is not a simple matter of figuring out shortcuts and playing the game better as one might do with, say, Candy Crush Saga.

“As you keep playing, the game adapts to the user’s scores and introduces distractions and elements to increase the difficulty, which forces the player to improve,” he says.

“Without the headset or the measurement software, you’re just playing a game.”

What’s more, he says, the improvements in cognitive performance will apply to daily life, not just playing the games.

Future apps for Neeuro include an app to help users sleep better, and audio-based apps that use sound to stimulate brainwaves.    

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