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Archive | June 20, 2019

‘Brain Wearables’ Are But Variations On ‘Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation’ (tDCS) Devices.

by Anura Guruge


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Thanks to the popularity and success of fitness trackers and smartwatches — my Garmin MARQ Expedition an example — ‘wearables’ are trendy.

But, from what I can see, there are ‘wearables’ and then there are other ‘wearables’.

I would hate to equate these so called ‘brain wearables’ with a smartwatch or fitness tracker. To I there is a fundamental differences. Brain wearables are trying, via technology and some form of direct electromagnetic stimulation, to modify your behavior. A fitness tracker or smartwatch ONLY tries to ‘interfere’ with your behavior via motivation and/or shame. BIG difference.

I am familiar with tDCS technology. I have talked about it in my ‘Central Pain’ book. tDCS can work. But, with wearables the manufacturers have to be ULTRA cautious. They don’t want folks accidently frying their brains! So, they have to severely constrain the power output they deliver. And that is the crunch. tDCS, TMS or ECT administered under supervision can — and will — use significantly more juice. That in my opinion is what will cripple brain wearables. They will not be able to deliver adequate ‘juice’ to really make a difference.

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So keep this in mind as you are reading about and evaluating brain wearables.


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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 2) + 6 Also-Rans — June 20, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


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drooping wild yellow rose Anura Guruge Google Pixel 2


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The Garmin SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) APP — The Data You Get.

by Anura Guruge


Garmin MARQ Expedition SUP APP Anura Guruge

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This was the very first time I have used the Garmin SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) APP.

I am pretty impressed and pleased with the data it provides. Basically, it emulates what you get with the RUN, WALK or HIKE APPs.

Do not get hung up on my actual data. I am 65-years old, recovering from major knee surgery and just got back into SUP after a 3-year hiatus. Plus, I was never a strong or great paddler. I just do it for the fun. We live close to a lake and we have beach rights. So, I try to get out on the water.

I am using an Atoll 11′ stand up paddle board (iSUP). I have only had it since Saturday. This was my 3rd ride with that board. I have and use a Garmin MARQ Expedition.


MARQ Expedition

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Why I SMILE (Inside) When I Am Accused Of Being On My Computer All Day — I Wish.

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This was from Wednesday, June 19, 2019. It is very true that I do not go paddling everyday — though I have done so thrice this week. But, I do walk/run and use my stationary bike (for knee surgery therapy) 5 to 6 days a week.

So, on Wednesday it was 2 hours of exercise. Not bad for a 65-year old geezer who is not that fit and needs to lose weight.

Yes, this is per my Garmin MARQ Expedition.

SMILE.


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Mountain Lions In New Hampshire — Another New Spate Of Recent Sightings.

by Anura Guruge


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There have been sightings in New Hampshire for years. But, we do not have any good credible pictures — which seems strange with all the trail cameras that folks have set up and the now ubiquitous phone/cameras that everybody (bar I) carry.

In 2013 there was talk that a mountain lion could be roaming OUR neighborhood. I myself had seen something BIG cross the road — albeit from a distance. Check out this post.

There is nothing to say that mountain lions have not come back to New Hampshire. They used to be here and they can thrive in NH again as long as they do not get hunted into extinction again.

Interesting.

Oh, for that one definitive photo.


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