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This podcast's purpose is to bring together the field of neuroprosthetics/brain machine interfaces/brain implants in an understandable conversation about the current topics and breakthroughs.

We hope to replace needing to read scientific papers on new research in an easy to digest way.

People can share thoughts or ideas to facilitate 'idea sex' to make the field of brain implants a smaller and more personal space.

Oct 19, 2020

Iain McIntyre is the CEO and co-founder of Humm. Humm creates devices such as the Bioelectric Memory Patch that use electricity to stimulate the brain. The disposable forehead device has shown to cause an increase in brain functionality and memory. 

In this episode, Iain McIntyre discusses how the Humm Bioelectric Memory Patch provides a brain-boost. 

 

Top three takeaways: 

  1. When this device improves your working memory, it is improving your capabilities to focus, multitask, and acquire new skills. 
  2. The Humm Bioelectric Memory Patch brings neuromodulation to a cheaper and smaller design compared to traditional devices. 
  3. The benefits of use compound over time; even in the beginning stages, 15 minutes of use could provide up to two hours of mental performance improvement. 

 

 

[0:00] Ladan introduces the episode and the guest, Iain McIntyre.  

 

[2:50] The Bioelectric Memory Patch device works by delivering tACS to stimulate the prefrontal cortex and improve working memory.

 

[5:00] The research studies done at Berkeley showed that users of the patch had a 20% increase in working memory effectiveness.  

 

[8:20] McIntyre describes it as a compound interest transaction, the more the patch is used, the greater the benefits each time. 

 

[11:10] Humm can provide results in a safe manner where there are rarely side effects due to the low amount of current. 

 

[14:00] While trials and data collection currently assess healthy users; in the future, the project will be used to help with neurological diseases. 

 

[17:00] Interestingly, the test groups that were found to have the most need for such a device are college students and the elderly. 

 

[21:10] With a 15-minute session, you can achieve an hour and a half of noticeable brain activity improvement.