This Geeky New Device Is a Literal Thinking Cap
New research from Vanderbilt University suggests that electrical currents can enhance or depress a person's thinking ability, according to content network PSFK.
The currents were sent using an elastic headband. When one current--one running up the head--was applied by researchers, subjects displayed higher brain activity during thinking exercises. The current, running in the opposite direction, hurt their thinking ability.
Is this useful from a management perspective? Well, ethical issues would probably abound if you were to strap one of these babies onto each of your employee and send them a creativity current throughout the day. You could go ahead and knock yourself out, though.
More importantly, the research is indicative of the powers that wearable tech could carry down the line that extend beyond visual and social.
A text-messaging watch? Glasses that hook you up with driving directions? A trip to the doctor by putting video game hardware on your face? Sure, those hit on varying levels of excitement.
But a real live thinking cap with potential uses, as PSFK reports, "in the treatment of conditions like schizophrenia and ADHD"? Now we're really talking.