Athletes are always looking to gain a competitive edge over the competition, and Halo Sports is hoping to be the company to give that competitive edge. Halo Sports is releasing a product based on neurotechnology that is specifically for athletes. The headphones are designed to transmit gentile impulses to help the motor neurons. Neuropriming, the act of sending these impulses, can improve the brain for learning and retaining information, as well as increasing neural drive. There is also a Halo Sports app that can be paired with the headset.
Halo Sports was founded by two doctors, Daniel Chao and Brett Wingeier. The doctors worked together at Neuropace 10 years, helping to create an implant to help with epilepsy. The implant was approved by the FDA in 2013, and can stop epileptic seizures so that a patient can live a normal, seizure free life. They believe that the neurotechnology can be used in other ways and switched their focus to Halo Sports. Early tests in conjunction with the Michael Johnson Performance Center are promising. Athletes being tested had a 12% increase in performance, a 12.2% increase in air squats, 13% increase in squat jumps, and a 11.2% increase in counter jumps.
The United States Ski and Snowboard Association also tried out the headsets. Their results were very positive. Compared to a control group, the skiers tested saw a 13% increase in propulsion force, and an 11% increase in the smoothness of their jumps. The results from the Michael Johnson Performance Center tests and the United States Ski and Snowboard Association tests are very encouraging for Halo Sports, and they show that they can be the next big trend for gaining a competitive advantage.