Russian Startup Invents Memory-Enhancing Device

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The Russian company Brainstorm has launched the sale of the eponymous neurostimulator which allows to increase the memory, attention and logical thinking of the user, Secretmag reported Friday citing vc.ru.

The cost of the device with electrodes, as well as bandages for fixing wires on the head and shoulder is 6,000 roubles ($100). The device can be purchased on the Brainstorm website, in affiliate Internet shops Neuromatix and Madrobots, as well as in retail outlets iShop and Ficha in St. Petersburg.

The device operates on the basis of the technology of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Brainstorm with a current of up to 2 mA stimulates certain areas of the brain. To achieve the result, the neurostimulator should be used once a day for 20 minutes for 5 to 10 days.

According to the co-founder of the project Timofei Glinin, the safety and efficiency of the method have been proved by scientific research. The tDCS technology, for example, is being used by the US Defence Ministry DARPA to speed up the training of pilots and infantrymen. Previously, tDCS was a medical technology used to treat depression and to speed up recovery after a stroke.