Know someone that just has to call shotgun on your road trip due to motion sickness? It couldn’t be them refreshing Facebook and Instagram ad nauseum. Luckily, there could be an app around the medical corner to cure us nauseated folk of our ills.
No, I’m still passing on any attempt to get me on a rollercoaster. It’s just not happening. But, researchers at the Imperial College of London think they have found a solution to the dizziness and nausea. Zapping you with small currents of electricity.
A process known as transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) was used on volunteers wearing an EEG cap.
Ok, maybe the app form of this is more than a few years off. How does it work? A small electrical current is applied to part of your brain, effectively numbing it. It in turns minimize the symptoms you feel if you get sick on long car rides, boats or planes.
Project lead at the Imperial College of London, Qadeer Arshad, wants to have the technique in our smartphones within the next five to ten years. It will work by introducing small electrical current to our brains via the headphone jack.
Fantastic. We download an app to shock us through our overpriced Beats earbuds. Karma strikes again.
tDCS works for a variety of conditions, with motion sickness being one of them. Making it portable and not needing an EEG cap? People who look at local carnival rides with absolute fear could just download an app and try to forget the Ferris Wheel is held together with a couple of bolts.
Anti-Motion Sickness and Technology
The Imperial College team is on to something. New tech is hurtling towards us, and even people who aren’t normal sufferers of motion sickness would love to see an answer.
Take the Oculus. Facebook’s entry into the world of virtual reality, it is stomach churning when you load up the rollercoaster simulator. Warding off dizziness, nausea and headaches are paramount before even worrying about the price and a killer app.
Next is driverless cars. Yeah, I know. We should all be in flying cars by now. But, this is coming in some form. Too much money is being tossed at the industry, and Google has to fill up the Alphabet somehow.
If you’re not driving, you’ll be watching Netflix or browsing your phone on the way to work. Driverless cars will be Exhibit A in the new wave of people hitting their doctors complaining of motion sickness.
I’m just not sure I’m sold on my earbuds zapping me. It takes Force Touch to a different level, and you can kiss your battery life goodbye.
Take a look below at how tDCS works on motion sickness: