Halo Neuroscience, a startup that works on wearable technology to enhance brain functions through electric impulses, raised a $1.5 million Seed Round led by Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz and Jeff Clavier of SoftTech VC.
The funding will be used to work on IP and safety issues with the Food and Drug Administration.
The technology stimulates brain functions that potentially lead to effects like accelerated learning or improved body movement control. Other than current technology that is only able to read brain waves, Halo’s headband can write on the brain waves and for example force the user to focus on a certain task.
“Halo’s technology employs a range of non-invasive, low energy, battery operated stimulation modalities that work on the nervous system to boost cognition. Halo builds on the field of neuromodulation, where recent science has employed electromagnetic waveforms, infrared light, ultrasound, physical and other stimulation techniques.”
explained Dan Chao, CEO of Halo Neuroscience to TechCrunch.
In an article in Wired magazine from September 2013, Amol Sarva tells the story behind the startup, from the first tests and mishaps to the breakthrough moments.
“It was becoming evident to me that neurostimulation can lift essentially any cognitive function: accelerate learning, enhance creativity, boost memory, juice linguistic fluidity.”
Besides the benefits of faster learning and enhanced brain functions for healthy people, Halo aims to use its technology to help those who suffer from brain damage. According to the Wired article, Halo was already able to successfully fix a particular brain impairment in a clinical trial with 12 patients.
The team behind Halo Neuroscience combines years of experience in research, mobile devices and neuroscience.
- The Halo headband wants to make you smarter by shocking your brain | The Verge
- Halo, The Brain-Improving Wearable, Raises $1.5 Million | TechCrunch
- Amol Sarva: ‘Neurostimulation is the next mind-expanding idea’ | Wired