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Giveaway: foc.us tDCS Headset for Gamers

By: on February 10, 2014

Enter to win the foc.us, a brand new transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) headset. Designed to increase brain plasticity and make synapses fire faster, foc.us aims to whittle gamers' minds into impenetrable fortresses of concentration moving at ludicrous speed! A $249 value!

Note: As stated on the foc.us Website, this headset is not a toy. Its use is not recommended for anyone under 18, those who suffer from epilepsy, or people with implants.

This giveaway is open to US residents only.

What Is the foc.us tDCS Headset?

Anyone want to excite your prefrontal cortex and persuade your neurons to fire faster? Prime your brain to learn and retain more information? It might not help you score more ladies, but wearing the foc.us headset could help you score more killstreaks in Call of Duty. And who knows, maybe the cerebral muscles it builds will kick in on singles night at the whiskey bar too. I mean, I hear girls dig talking at guys who listen to and remember what they say. I've never known how those guys do it, but if the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation could help me beat my friend Cornelius at Battlefield 4 and turn me into a good listener...jackpot.

Developed specifically for gamers by entrepreneur Michael Oxley, the foc.us headset is the first wearable tDCS technology on the market. tDCS is basically a method of stimulating the brain using a constant, low electrical current. Tests of the process on healthy adults reflected an increase in cognitive performance in a variety of tasks, each representative of the area of the brain undergoing stimulation. On a broad level, tDCS has been applied to the improvement of language, mathematical ability, attention span, memory, and coordination.

How Does the foc.us tDCS Headset Work?

For gamers interested in improving their speed and reaction time, foc.us fits around the backs of their heads and passes its electrical current (<2.05mA) into the prefrontal cortex through 4 padded electrodes positioned at their foreheads. According to Oxley, "The force of controlled electricity excites the brain's neurons into firing faster, enabling gamers to respond quickly." In other words, foc.us trains gamers to Use the Force, Luke.

Oxley continues, "It's a smart piece of wearable technology that shows people that you are really serious about your game and in achieving the utmost concentration." If you think that sounds intense, you're right. I mean, check out what foc.us did for the dudes in the above video (NSFW for foul language).

foc.us headsets can be controlled either manually using their touch sensor or, more preferably, with an iPhone/Pad/Pod Touch connected via Bluetooth so that the current can be configured and adjusted with its accompanying app (range is 0.8 to 2.0mA). Used manually, the foc.us will run at 1.0mA for 10 minutes. Set through the app, it can run at varying outputs from 5 to 40 minutes.

foc.us for Android 4.4 is currently still in development.

WARNING: As stated on the foc.us Website, this headset is not a toy. Its use is not recommended for anyone under 18, those who suffer from epilepsy, or people with implants (medical implants; women with fake boobs, foc.us away). foc.us is not regulated and has not been approved by the FDA. The system has, however, been tested to all required regulatory standards, including CE Safety standard EN60601-2-10: 2001 and EN60601-1: 2006.

foc.us tDCS Headset Giveaway Entry Instructions

To register, click here and fill out the foc.us tDCS Headset Giveaway entry form. Or, if you're already a member of DudeIWantThat.com, when the magic entry form button appears, just click it to enter.

The foc.us tDCS Headset Giveaway entry period is open through 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 16, 2014. Our drawn winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours of the entry period's conclusion, and should allow up to 3 weeks for prize delivery.

This giveaway is open to US residents only.

Get a foc.us tDCS Headset Now

Anxious to open your mind, Quaid? Purchase your foc.us headset directly from the foc.us Website for $249. Note that a limited number of units are available, with a maximum order of 2 per person.

Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Dan W. of Columbus, OH, winner of the foc.us tDCS headset!

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