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Cognitive enhancement. Made easy.

Based on rigorous product development and years of neuroscientific research we have developed a system for safe, simple and side-effect free neurostimulation.


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A brain-hacking headset designed for the future you.


The current version of the Plato headset has three electrodes, utilizing a type of neurostimulation called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). The electrodes are fully programmable (anode, cathode, or no stimulation), allowing for advanced stimulation through a systematic activation of the electrodes using pre-programmed stimulation protocols.


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Why use neurostimulation?


With the initial Plato release we focus on creative problem solving, targeting professional knowledge workers. We all know the feeling of hitting the wall while working: being faced with a concrete task to be solved – but not having the right mindset. Instead of waiting for the right mindset to appear, using all kind of procrastination techniques, Plato can support you in getting to the right mindset quicker. The app enables the selection of either ‘Open mode’ or ‘Close mode’ stimulation, helping to either think out of the box (Open) or the ability to assess, filter and select (Close). We have already started experimenting with other stimulation protocols, which will be made available in future versions of Plato.


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How does it work?


The system consists of the Plato headset and a smartphone app. With the app the user choose between different modes, which are then delivered as neurostimulation with the Plato headset. The neurostimulation modulates the brain activity, using micro currents, similar to the natural electrical signals in the brain. This is a well documented way of influencing the brain, originally developed for medical purposes. Read more about the studies in our science section.

Based on machine learning and crowdscience the device is adaptive, and can over time improve the quality of the stimulation protocols through the use of crowd science.

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Headset features & specs



Community

Community

All Plato Pioneers and test users are actively involved in our development community, so you’ll truly be on the fontline of neurostimulation.

Modular design

Modular design

The Plato headset is completely adjustable to fit your head, and it’s designed specifically to ensure the correct placement of electrodes.

App controlled

App controlled

The headset is controlled via the Plato smartphone app, using low energy bluetooth.

Over the air updates

Over the air updates

As we add features to the product, you can update the headset firmware via the app. Easy and simple.

Chose polarity

Chose polarity

The headset has three electrodes. Each electrode can individually be selected as anode or cathode.

Two stimulation modes

Two stimulation modes

There will be two stimulation modes to begin with; ‘open’ and ‘close’. More modes will be added later.

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The device is controlled by an intuitive app.


Soon on iOS App Store

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Frequently asked questions (and answers)


You may have a lot of questions on the Plato system. If you do not find your answer here, please email us with your question.



  • What is Plato?

    Plato is both a neurostimulation device and a crowdscience project, aiming to unlock the potential of brain stimulation technology through engaging people in large scale distributed scientific testing – or crowdscience as we like to call it.

    The system consists of a physical headset with electrodes and a distribution unit. The headset is controlled from a smartphone app through Bluetooth. The smartphone app tracks the individual usage and will, over time, use the collected data to improve the user experience through the crowdscience.

  • Will Plato be available for personal use?

    Yes indeed! While being a research-based product, the purpose of Plato is to make safe, side-effect free and simple-to-use cognitive enhancement technology available to anyone.

  • What can Plato help me with?

    Plato aims to make the user better at solving complex, ‘open ended’ or ‘creative’ problems, during single sessions but also over time based on continuous use of the product. The stimulation used in Plato is based upon our previous research on creative problem solving in combination with other studies on related topics such as memory improvement and concentration.

    Since the start of the 21st century there has been an increased interest in studying the brain areas involved in creative thinking and problem solving, within academic research fields such as neuropsychology, neurology and neurobiology. The purpose of this pursuit has been to identify which brain areas are involved in successful creative processes, and which brain areas are limiting the same processes. In these studies, it is normal to distinguish between two radically different types of cognitive activity in the creative process: 1) divergent thinking, where new alternatives are produced, and 2) convergent thinking, where newly produced alternatives are assessed and selected. It is acknowledged that a successful creative process requires both these types of thinking, at different stages in the process. Based on a vast number of laboratory studies of brain activity in both divergent and convergent thinking, certain brain areas have been identified as being either beneficial, or unproductive, for each of the two cognitive modes (divergent/convergent). Following these studies researchers have recently started to experiment with activating or deactivating these areas to measure the effect on creativity and problem solving. The key finding is that it is possible to improve aspects of either divergent or convergent processes by non-invasive transcranial stimulation.

  • When and where can I buy Plato?

    At Plato we want to engage the users in developing the product, so we are therefore selling small batches of the current version of Plato on an ongoing basis, to get feedback on the product from the early adopters. The first release is 25 products as part of the Pioneer Program, soon to be launched here at meetplato.com. By purchasing an Pioneer version you are the first to try our newest model and invited to take part in the product development process of future versions.

    Based on experiences with the Pioneer Program we are going to release the first freely available mass produced Plato neurostimulator.

  • Is Plato safe to use?

    Yes, it is completely safe. With professional and controlled TES devices such as Plato it is technically impossible to induce any damage to the brain. In the Plato team we use it all the time, both in meetings and for individual work, and our prototypes have been tested on 60+ healthy subjects in more than hundred sessions with no reported safety issues. Furthermore, there are numerous scientific studies using various versions of TES for research purposes, and a number of studies have specifically verified that the type of low-intensity transcranial stimulation used in Plato is completely safe for healthy humans (Poreisz, Boros, Antal, & Paulus, 2007). Outside of the world of scientific research versions of neurostimulation are already in use in the american army, pilot training and for professional athletes.

  • Are there any side effects from using Plato?

    As with non-invasive neurostimulation in general, there are no known severe side-effects with Plato. With 100+ (and counting!) sessions testing the current versions, and previous development steps of Plato, the only side-effects we have experienced are a couple of instances of scratching and temporary skin irritation under the electrodes, disappearing 5-15 minutes after the end of the session. These are believed to be due to the saline solution used to moisten the electrodes in early prototypes. The current version has an improved saline composition that has so far not resulted in any recorded skin irritations. In one previous test the user reported a slight headache appearing following the session, but it is not possible to assess whether the headache was induced by the stimulation. The same user had three consecutive sessions with Plato and reported no other instances of headache. A total of four users have reported mild sleepiness after using the Close mode, and several users report a state of light mood and increased laughter following the Open mode. Some of our test users have reported a sensation of metallic taste in the mouth, which is also known from other studies of neurostimulation.

  • What are the safety features for Plato?

    Even though TES is considered a completely safe form of brain stimulation, there are some crucial safety measures that must be taken into account in professional devices like Plato. The first type of safety measurements are in the hardware, built into the physical product itself, to ensure that the product can only deliver the desired amount of electricity and to the correct electrodes. In the freely available Plato versions there are three hardware safety features: 1) The power available in the battery and the maximum ‘discharge rate’ puts a physical barrier for the maximum amount of electricity delivered, 2) the electronics in the control unit are built with a physical maximum load just above the amount needed for stimuli, and 3) it is physically barriers for connecting the device to any other power source during stimulation. As such, it is technically impossible for the product to deliver more electricity than the amount proven to be safe for human subjects.

    The second level of safety measures is built into the firmware and software controlling the hardware. These software safety features ensure that the product cannot be used in other ways than what the current research prescribes. Thus, the software limitations will ensure that the product can not be used more than these prescribed boundaries.

  • Are devices like Plato regulated?

    Currently there are no general legal regulations or limitations for non-medical consumer brain stimulation products like Plato. A 2015 draft guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA – the American legal body responsible for regulation on drugs and medical devices) on wellness-products, including devices claiming to improve “concentration” and “problem solving”, indicates that the FDA does not intend to enforce regulations for tDCS devices marketed for wellness. If Plato was a medical device and thus subject to regulations from organizations such as the FDA, a briefing document prepared in 2012 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated that “there is no regulation for therapeutic tDCS”.

  • Is Plato complicated to use?

    The key purpose for Plato is making non-invasive brain stimulation available for anyone through simple to use plug’n’play devices that lower the entry barriers for new users. In the Pioneer Program the usability will improve for every version, based on the feedback from the Pioneers. Even the Pioneer versions are designed to be plug and play with no loose wires or unknown connectors, and a smartphone app interface allowing direct control of the device through Bluetooth.

  • Will people be able to “hack” my brain with Plato?

    No. The Plato system uses industry standard encryption to keep all data transfers safe and private. Even if someone was able to take over the system, the hardware limitations built into the system would still make it impossible to enforce any harm on the user. Finally, as Plato has currently no electrodes capable of reading brain signals it is not possible to read the brain signals of the user.

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