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  • A neurotechnology company called Kernel has developed two helmets that utilize sensors and lasers to measure and study the electromagnetic activity of the brain.
  • Kernel, founded by Bryan Johnson, has spent more than five years and $55 million developing the two helmets.
  • The initial production of the helmets will be sent to research institutions to study brain activity in relation to aging, Alzheimer's, concussions and strokes.

A neurotechnology company called Kernel is about to begin sending $50,000 smart helmets to select customers across the United States. 

Kernel, founded by Bryan Johnson, has spent more than five years and $55 million developing two helmets, the Flux and the Flow, that utilize sensors and lasers to measure and study the electromagnetic activity of the brain.


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The initial production of the helmets will be sent to research institutions such as Harvard Medical School and the University of Texas, where researchers hope to use the helmets to study brain activity in relation to aging, Alzheimer's, concussions and strokes.

However, Johnson hopes the helmets will be affordable by 2030 so the average person can also buy them.

"To make progress on all the fronts that we need to as a society,” Johnson told Bloomberg Businessweek, “we have to bring the brain online."


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Published on Jun 16, 2021