GoFlow To Offer $99 tDCS Brain Augmentation Kit

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2012 - 09:54 PM |
Tagged: tDCS, overclocking, DIY, brain, augmentation

The new Extreme Tech (RIP ET Classic) recently ran an article that talks about turbo boosting, overclocking goodness, but with a twist. Instead of the typical CPU or GPU hardware, the article talks about overclocking some wetware in the form of the human brain. More specifically, a DIY kit called the GoFlow is in the works to enable affordable tDCS, or transcranial direct-current stimulation, to stimulate the brain into a "state of flow" enabling quicker learning and faster response times.

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The GoFlow β1 will be a $99 do it yourself tDCS kit that will direct you in placing electrodes on the appropriate areas of your scalp and then pumping some direct current from a 9V battery at 2 milliamps through your brain, enticing the neurons into a state of flow. This makes them more malleable to creating new pathways and increasing learning speed as well as allowing them to fire more rapidly, bolstering thought processes. The kit, which is not available for purchase yet, will not require any knowledge of soldering, and will be housed a plastic case along with wires, schematics, and a potentiometer to dial in the right amount of power.

The company behind the GoFlow β1 has further referenced cases of successful tDCS short term testing including tests of UAV Drone pilots and professional gamers all learning their respective trades more quickly than the average. Extremetech also mentions that tDCS can have therapeutic effects for people effected by Parkinson’s or post stoke motor dysfunction.

Right now, the kit is still in the works, but interested users can sign up to be notified when it becomes available on their website. At $99, is this something work a shot, or do you prefer not to void the warranty on your brain? (heh)  Personally, statements such as "our tDCS kit is the shit" and "get one of the first β1's and will help us develop β2" on the webstie are not exactly instilling confidence to me, but if you're big into the early adopter adventure, GoFlow may have something for you to test.


Source: Extreme Tech

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March 12, 2012 | 11:17 PM - Posted by Branthog

And if you buy this, I've got a little magnetized bracelet with ball-tips on both ends to sell you that will help you feel more energized and increase your immune system. And I've got these pads I'll sell you that go in your shoes and draw the toxins through your body, down to and out of your feet, like a tree. And I've got some meditation crystals that will open up your mind's third eye.

March 13, 2012 | 04:06 AM - Posted by Tim Verry


March 13, 2012 | 12:07 AM - Posted by Olternaut (not verified)

For $99 bucks I'll take a stab at it. Gotta find a way to initiate my plan for world domination somehow.

March 15, 2012 | 01:46 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Will it help article submitters that write "effected" when they should instead use "affected"?

March 15, 2012 | 02:52 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Unless we've just affected a manner which would prevent that effect.

August 3, 2012 | 10:41 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

glad someone picked up on that

August 27, 2012 | 01:17 PM - Posted by Rudy G (not verified)

Where can I buy tDCS kit and/or the name of the resistor parts? thx.

January 8, 2013 | 04:59 PM - Posted by Greg (not verified)

When is the $99 dollar TDCS unit going to be available?

Does the cap come with the unit? and lastly does it take an electician to put this kit together.

Thank you,

Greg Clouthier

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