Frequently Asked Questions
Depending on the kind of task you’re engaged in, the natural electrical activity in specific neuronal networks is increased. PlatoWork uses tDCS, which works by applying a weak current that affects the electrical potential in your neurons, making it easier for them to fire. That way, PlatoWork can boost neural processes and strengthen natural activity in the regions of your brain, that are responsible for higher cognitive functions.
The idea is simple: If you find yourself in a situation where you would like a certain mindset, you put the headset on, connect with the app, and choose between the four different modes: LEARN, CREATE, CONCENTRATE, RETHINK
PlatoWork is the only headset on the market which is designed to improve cognitive performance. It has three programmable electrodes (most other tDCS stimulators only have two). Due to the electrode positions, PlatoWork can send a current both left/right and front/back. This means that PlatoWork can shift the balance of the interhemispheric rivalry (left/right), or tilt the synchronization between the frontal (more attention) and parietal (more spontaneous thoughts) part of the brain.
No. PlatoWork only uses tDCS, and not brain mapping technologies like EEG – which is commonly used in headsets designed specifically to record brain activity.
The headset is one-size-fits all, and is scalable to fit normal head sizes from 54-64cm/21.5-25inches.
tDCS should be available to everyone. Our goal is high production at low costs. Because the headsets are shipped directly from our factory to you, we can keep both the production and storage costs down, all while maintaining a high-quality product.
We only collect fully anonymized usage data for product improvements, unless the user explicitly agrees to participate in further data collections. The PlatoWork system uses industry-standard encryption to keep all data transfers safe and private, following the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We analyze the data to improve user experiences, learn more about, and optimize neurostimulation
At the moment, PlatoWork is designed to deliver the four modes sold with the headset. While tDCS can be used for a wide range of purposes, we cannot guarantee that any new future programs will be compatible with the current headset design.
Beside the PlatoWork headset itself you get three medical-grade sponges in a plastic casing, a refillable bottle of salt water, USB cable for charging, 2 x 3 extra sponges (compressed), a case for the PlatoWork headset and the accessories. Furthermore, you get access to the PlatoWork app with the four stimulation modes.
During use, the headset is connected with the app. The app communicates with ‘the cloud’ to receive data updates, and uploads anonymized usage data.
Consumer devices with tDCS like PlatoWork are regarded as safe, and are not regulated for non-medical use. However, the upcoming EU medical device regulation (May 2020) does involve all brain stimulation devices. This means that within the EU, all tDCS devices will have to be registered under this regulation. At PlatoScience, we welcome regulation, as we take pride in ensuring safe and effective neurostimulation.
tDCS only works if your brain works with it. tDCS primes your neurons to perform faster, but you still need to activate them by performing some kind of cognitive task.
Putting on your PlatoWork headset and waiting for your brain to work would be like plugging in the cable to an electric guitar and waiting for the music. You still need to strum the guitar yourself, the electricity just amplifies the sound.
When fully charged, PlatoWork can last for around 10 sessions of 30 minutes before it needs to be recharged.
Yes, the app is free and all standard features and modes delivered with the PlatoWork headset will stay free to use.
The latest version of the PlatoWork headset is only compatible with the current version of the app.
iOS 11 / Android 5 and later versions
We do not recommend to use the headset more than 30 minutes per day. This is not because there are any known complications with more than 30 minutes usage, but because this is the current norm within studies of tDCS.
Safety & Efficacy
Using PlatoWork is completely safe. To date there are no rapports of any serious side-effects. Mild side-effects do occur, although they are few and only experienced by a limited number of people. These are typically itching or tingling underneath the electrodes, mild temporary headache, discomfort or (in rare cases) a burning sensation underneath the electrodes.
No. While it’s true that tDCS is used as a treatment for a wide range of neurological conditions such as depression, ADHD, anxiety etc., PlatoWork is not approved as a medical device and thus we cannot recommend using it for such purposes. We are working on developing a medical headset for treatment purposes. If you are interested in learning more about this, please reach out to us directly.
tDCS works both during and after stimulation. The effects during stimulation start around 10 minutes after you start a stimulation session until the end of the session. These effects are due to the electric field making neurons easier to activate.
The effect after stimulation last for around 30 minutes to 1 hour after you have finished stimulation session. This is a matter of the increased neuronal activity persisting.
There are also indirect effects which slowly build up over periods of use. These tend to be the most robust.
There are some studies that exclude pregnant women from using tDCS as a precaution. This is based on the argument that tDCS research is still relatively new and thus there is a lack of data on safety. However, there are also many studies that use tDCS as a treatment for depression in pregnant women. In our view, there is no reason why pregnant women should not be able to use tDCS, but we recommend that you consult your doctor first.
Purchasing & Shipping
Yes, we deliver PlatoWork anywhere in the world as long as local laws permit us to import PlatoWork. The product is CE-marked, and to our knowledge there are no countries, where this doesn’t suffice. If you live in a small country, or a country with very strict import regulations, reach out to us directly and we will investigate if there are any specific local restrictions. Please note that VAT and local taxes are not included in the price, when you order a PlatoWork headset.
Dependent on where in the world you are located, the route for your product will vary. EU+EEA+Switzerland goes through Frankfurt (handled by Titan commerce), US+Canada goes through New York (handled by Caputron), and any other countries are shipped directly (handled by 4PX). Please note that VAT and local taxes may apply when entering your country.
Expected shipping time is 1-2 weeks depending on your location.
Shipping costs are calculated upon check out at Indiegogo. Please note that VAT and local taxes are not included.
No. The app is free to use with the four modes, and PlatoWork is delivered with a total of nine electrode sponges, which can be washed and reused if kept well. The salt water needed in order to moist the sponges can easily be made at home, or bought at a pharmacy. If you need more sponges for the electrodes, you can reach out to us at [email protected]
Warranty & Returns
PlatoWork comes with a 2-year limited manufacturer’s warranty. If you experience production related manufacturer’s defect during this time, we will repair it or reimburse you according to our warranty.
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