Relaxation and Excitement: There’s an App for That?upsourceIT
Throughout my working experience, there have been two things that have decreased my efficiency as an employee: stress and lack of motivation. While normally my method for counteracting these has been coffee and deep staring into the fountain just outside of the office, neither method is perfect and it would be nice if there was a reliable method to get myself into the right state of mind.
When I first heard about Thync, I was skeptical. A wearable device that controls your mood sounds too good to be true. When I looked into it farther it can only give you two moods, relaxation and happiness. With that in mind it seemed just good enough that it probably wasn’t true. I went to their website and as it turns out they are actually selling it at a slightly high, but attainable cost of $300.
This is how Thync works. There is a headpiece that attaches to the side of your forehead and the back of your neck. You can connect it to your phone with Bluetooth and an app. The app allows you to adjust the length and strength of the electrical signal sent out of the headpiece.
My next question regarding this technology was how Thync is any different from drugs. While I haven’t tested it out for myself, the first difference I could find is that it doesn’t have as dramatic of an effect. With that being said I don’t think that it will ruin your judgment or tear apart your family. The only possible physical side effects that I could find were rashes and headaches, so it is no more physically dangerous than, coffee or bandages.
A lot of positive reviews have been put out about Thync, and it even won the Digital Trends Top Tech of 2015 Award, but with that comes a lot of skepticism. It seems completely possible that this works only as a result of the placebo effect since it doesn’t work on 100% of the people who try it. An article from MIT, took a look at this product and the results were inconclusive, but they determined that at the very least it is harmless.
Even while it is controversial whether it works or not, if you are interested in Thync I would suggest that you check it out, since it is returnable. Right now it is only available for iOS but an Android version is projected to come out this year. At worst Thync could be a minor waste of time, but at best it could be a huge game changer. Now, if only there was a way that I could convince certain morning people to wear this so that I could deal with my grogginess in peace
If you are interested in Thync, you can find it here.