Right out of the gate, I boldly attribute the success of any product testing to the complete know-how and calming demeanor of a professional training team. As a professional educator by trade, I recognize the Neurovine instructors' deep insight on the many types of brain issues and how to communicate with head injury sufferers. Kudos goes to the impressive temperament of the virtual training staff for their calm approach to technically explaining the process-- with compassion about the anxieties of learning something unusual and stressful. Learning this device requires true bedside manner for so many of us.
DAY ONE: SETUP
After finally receiving the Neurovine kit (complete with the power cord and saline dispenser), I could not wait to charge the device for the 24‐hour recommended charge time so I could pair it to my cell phone and get started right away. I was somewhat impressed at the quality of what appears to be a fairly sports‐rugged feel. The hardware paired fairly quickly with a few minor work‐arounds with my phone. The app was quite friendly, stylish and soothing to the eyes (easy to read)‐ and this is important for anyone who may have a possible brain‐related injuries that call for this type of product.
SALINE SOLUTION FOR THE ELECTRODE CONTACTS
I provided an alternate solution to the factory's sponge dropper (which is hardly controllable and tends to spill and drip everywhere). Instead, I employ my Saline Nasal Mist Spray, which dispenses a much more controlled and even amount of moisture to the contact points without any mess. The App will not let you continue unless all 6 contact points are moistened, and my nasal spray satisfies the App every time!
Once paired, the app takes on a life of its own. It speaks to the headband to set me up, starting with BRAIN GAMES. The head band will read my 'brain waves' to create a BASE LINE of my personal metrics at the start point of all readings. I'm told the original set of tests (through brain games) was reduced from 40 minutes to 10 minutes, which is much less painful (undergoing 40 minutes of challenging brain games may just be too much for the many impatient people and those with potential head injuries or cognitive disorders. These games offer 3‐5 sets of memory and focus challenges like staring at an X for 3 Minutes, or remembering a combination of letters and numbers under a limited time.
I took on the full Neurovine experience as any other head patient of a physiatrist or neurologist would undergo an EEG exam. Simulating this has some elevation in stress or anxiety with these brain games, which I was concerned may affect its accuracy and ultimate results. My instructor (Yvonne) reassured me that any minor distractions are actually anticipated by the AI whereby the data I collect will have the propensity to auto‐adjust itself to find my median. (God bless AI)
COMFORT AND WEARABLE
As the device is fairly comfortable and workable with daily life, making the 'art' of collecting cognitive biometrics a breeze. After a minute or so, you won't even know it's on. It feels just like any other sports headband or baseball cap where the contact points do not feel like anything. The APP showed default activities to choose from (like driving, computer work, listening to music etc) and you can add to them at will. As a personal device, I'll be collecting enough metrics in no time.
PART 2: MY FIRST COGNITIVE ACTIVITY