Headband to boost eSports performance

Posted on: Dec 14, 2018 By smartlaunch in News and trends,

Burnout is probably the biggest issue facing esports professionals. Unlike traditional sports athletes, who often play into their 30s and sometimes 40s, esports professionals are typically forced to retire in their early 20s. These short careers primarily are the result of demanding practice schedules. Unlike athletes in traditional sports whose practice time is implicitly capped due to physical limitations, esports professionals can practice forever. This pressure leads to teams like the Shanghai Dragons of the OWL to spend over 12 hours per day, six days per week honing their craft.

The Australian company HUMM Technologies has developed Edge, a new wearable headband for esports professionals. Edge tracks eye movement, heart rate, and cognitive patterns. HUMM’s platform uses metrics collected by Edge to analyze, in real time, the focus and stress levels of players and calculates the points during play sessions where players’ performances fall off. HUMM also proclaims the headband will deliver electrical signals to a user’s frontal cortex to improve cognitive performance, such as concentration and learning new skills, via electrical signals that amplify brainwave patterns. Wearable technology, such as Edge, can help to solve this problem by allowing teams and players to monitor player fatigue and wellness effectively.

The technology is based on a new form of non-invasive brain stimulation, a field with more than twenty years of clinical research and a strong track record for safety. Previously it has been used to treat such conditions as depression and insomnia, but recently it has been found to provide cognitive benefits too.

Using small electrical signals that amplify brainwave patterns, like technology used by the U.S. military, Olympic athletes and leading labs such as the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Harvard, HUMM’s device helps people learn faster and retain more information than ever before. Users simply wear the headband-like headset for 15 minutes prior to a learning or work session and immediately get a brainpower boost that lasts for at least an hour.

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