When it comes to working out, more often than not, the brain gives up before the body; it all comes down to when an individual gets tired of working out rather than being too tired to work out further. The scientific term is mental fatigue.
Halo Neuroscience, a team of doctors, neuroscientists, athletes, engineers, and designers, have come up with a headphone that claims to stimulate the brain to work longer, harder and better, thus helping users to exercise more efficiently and effectively.
In layman terms, the Halo Sport sends electric signals to the brain that stimulates the area responsible for muscle movement. This stimulation is meant to enhance and accelerate performance in strength, endurance, and skill while training.
By stimulating the area of the brain responsible for muscle movement, the headphones induce a state of hyper-learning or hyper-plasticity in the brain, when the brain is primed to learn and adapt to a greater capacity. The process is called neuro priming.
While the idea of a headphone being able to help one exercise longer, at first glance, seems lucrative, it’s also worth noting that stimulating the brain with electric signals constantly over a long period of time can have unforeseen consequences. Additionally, it needs to be understood that the headphones won’t make you stronger or faster just be wearing them, the effects are subtle and observed over continuous use. So by no means, is the device an instantaneous solution to mental fatigue.
Judging by the hard-to-measure nature of its result, whether the headphones are worth the near $800 it costs is a big question.