Halo Sport headphones will zap your brain to train harder

Brain detecting wearable goes on sale to general public
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Halo Sport, a pair of brain-stimulating headphones first announced for pro-athletes, are now on sale to regular folk.

Designed by Halo Neuroscience, the Sport uses a brain stimulation technique consisting of a small level of electric current that's sent to the user's brain via two Primers (electrodes), which sit inside the headband of the headphones.

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The idea is that the stimulation is able to tap into a region of the brain that relates to sports and fitness. Halo Neuroscience is calling it neuropriming, using pulses of energy to prime the signal the motor cortex part of the brain to see improvements in strength, explosiveness and dexterity.

It's largely aimed at the kind of training sessions that involve a high volume of quality repetitions so it sounds like it could be a good fit for football, basketball and baseball players.

The 20 minute neuropriming sessions are initiated from the Halo Sport, which is iPhone only for now with Android support in the works. There's plans to add additional features via in-app purchases as well.

The general health and wellbeing device is currently being used by more than 50 professional and college teams. Check out how T.J. Carrie of the Oakland Raiders uses Halo Sport to improve his game in the video below:

You can order your Halo Sport right now, for $699. You'll get three Primers in the box. You'll need to recharge these when their absorbency has decreased and they are unable to establish contact with your head - every three months or so with regular use.

Halo Sport headphones will zap your brain to train harder

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Michael Sawh


Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of T3.com.

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.

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