The former owner of Braintree and Venmo has sunk $55 million into developing a helmet that can read its wearer’s mind.
Kernel founder Bryan Johnson says the new helmet, which sells for $50,000, uses sensors and lasers to assess its wearer’s brain activity and oxygen levels. It will allow patients suffering from diseases like Alzheimer’s to move around freely without being burdened by heavy equipment, Johnson says.
But the new helmet will have a few interesting uses, too, Johnson says. One will be to analyze “the mechanics behind previously metaphysical experiences such as meditation and psychedelic trips,” he says.
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