According to researchers from Imperial College London: "We are confident that within five to ten years people will be able to walk into the chemist and buy an anti-seasickness device. It may be something like a machine that is used for back pain.”
Seasickness and motion sickness, will soon be over thanks to a new smartphone app that can send electric shocks via a headphone jock.
The app will soon be available five to ten years from now.
Researchers hope it might even integrate with a mobile phone, which would be able to deliver the small amount of electricity required via the headphone jack. In either case, you would temporarily attach small electrodes to your scalp before travelling. The cause of motion sickness is unclear.
Sme scientists believe motion sickness is due to the confusing messages (from our eyes and ears) received by the brain when moving.
In every ten people, three experience excessive symptoms of motion sickness like dizziness, severe nausea and cold sweats.
To test its capability to treat motion sickness, scientists simulated the feeling a person gets when on a boat or rollercoaster by devising a specialized motorized rotating where electrodes are attached on their head for around ten minutes to target motor sensors.
Volunteers confirmed that after treatment, they felt less nauseous and symptoms subside quickly.
One of the only effective cures for motion sickness comes in tablets that cause drowsiness.
Tablets may work well if you are on a short journey or a passenger, but not when you need to deal with motion sickness during a longer period of time.
- No apparent side effects with new treatment
- The benefits are very close to the effects seen with the best travel sickness medications available