We’ve seen gadgets and wearable that let us control devices and computers, but what if it was the other way around? What if there was a wearable that could change the way we think or, at the very least, the way we feel? Or maybe change the way we spell words. That is, more or less, the promise behind Thync, a new type of wearable that claims it can send you good vibes, literally, to make you feel better or, if needed, more pumped up to face the work at hand.
There is science behind Thync’s premise. Neuroscience, that is. In essence, the Thynk Vibes pad that is glued to your forehead sends very low level pulsed electricity to trigger specific neural pathways. This, in turn, can artificially affect the brain’s response, dialing up energy or toning it down. Yes, it’s the modern version of electroshock therapy, but without the shock and with less electricity.
If you can wrap your head (no pun intended) around the idea of something sending electric signals to your brain, then the promise of Thync sounds mighty delicious. Can’t sleep even after a 12-hour caffeine ban? Thync Vibe’s “Calm” mode can get you relaxed and snoring in now time. Feeling too sluggish for after lunch work? Energy will keep you on your feet. At least, that is the theory.
And don’t worry too much about that honestly ridiculous looking “module” that adheres to your forehead like a patch. You only need to wear it for a little while, but the effects can last from 30 minutes to an hour, which might carry over to the whole day if you’re in a good mood.
The Thync packages comes with the module and two Thync strips, one for Calm and one for Energy. Controlling Thync happens via a mobile app, currently only for iOS 8 with an Android version promised soon. A pack costs $299, but there’s a 30-day money back guarantee so that you won’t stress too much about it. Then again, that might be the perfect way to test Thync.