Humm, a Berkeley, CA-based neuroscience company whose vision is to replace all medicines for brain health with safer and healthier technology, announced its new wearable patch that’s designed to improve working memory, an essential component of learning ability.
The neurostimulation device sticks to your forehead like a Band-Aid and emits electric micro-pulses aimed at the prefrontal cortex – a crucial area of the brain for decision making and learning. Similar to a conductor using a tuning fork to tune an orchestra, the patch emits a finely tuned tiny electric pulse that ripples throughout the brain and encourages neurons to resonate together at the same frequency. This helps more parts of the brain to be temporarily connected and primed to process new information, immediately improving your working memory and ability to learn, and is sustained for up to an hour and a half afterwards, the company said.
Humm said it measured a 20% improvement in working memory and a rate of learning that was 120 times faster than a placebo after a 15-minute session with the wearable patch.
“Humm is the first and only technology that has been shown to improve your working memory quickly and measurably,” said Iain McIntyre, CEO and co-founder, Humm. “Working memory is often described as the sketch pad of the mind–where your brain temporarily holds numbers, names, and other facts, and is an incredibly important part of learning.”
McIntyre continues, “As children we learn incredibly fast, but working memory starts to diminish in our 20’s and continues declining as we age, and because it seems so unavoidable, we’ve all just come to accept that as we age, we learn more slowly. Humm’s mission is to change that, and to allow people to continue to experience the joy and curiosity of learning for years and years.”
The easy-to-use Humm patch is available for about $5 apiece, making it extremely affordable for everyone. Humm is targeted at people 40+ who are studying, reading unfamiliar material or learning new skills.