Ah, biohacking. It sounds like a field with little to offer by way of nostalgia, but it is what started me down my path toward disruptive technology.
It reminds me of over a decade ago when I was just a young thing speaking to Jameson Dungan on Facebook. This is when he first introduced me to the world of citizen science and BioBricks. Those conversations profoundly changed the course of my life and are why you’re reading this article today. For insight into biohacking, I highly suggest following the work of both BioBricks Foundation and Jameson Dungan, because both have grown considerably in those ten years and have a keen eye for the future.
Speaking of BioBricks, Synbiota reminds me of their early DNA hacking kits—but on steroids.
Everyone loves LEGOs. But what if you could take the concept behind LEGOs and apply it to life? Synbiota does that, but with DNA instead of plastic.
Synbiota is all about wetware solutions. They enable you to construct your own genetic sequences with rapid prototyping via software that you can then take directly to the petri dish. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced DNA builder, Synbiota has something to offer.
They also recently raised nearly 150% of their goal on IndieGoGo for a Biotech Inventor’s Kit.Check it out here!
Sherbit is less about wetware hacking on the genetic scale and more about biohacking using information on the full-person scale. With Sherbit, you take the information about your personal life from your apps that would otherwise be used by advertisers to influence you and instead harness it for your health.
Sherbit can be used in conjunction with tons of self-quantification apps to help empower your lifetime management, sleep habits, stress levels, even doctor’s visits.
Who needs food? Well, all of us, but who needs to cook and wash the dishes or pay exorbitant amounts for unhealthy fast food with little benefit to our bodies?
Not us, not anymore. Soylent is changing that. Soylent makes having a balanced diet easy and each product contains “a complete blend of protein, carbohydrates, lipids, and micronutrients.” While you can’t yet biohack your meatform into running on solar energy alone, Soylent uses science to make this basic biological necessity as efficient as possible.
I’ve actually got some of this in my cabinet right now, and I’ve tried both the old and new versions of Soylent. The flavour is not half bad (although definitely improved in the new version), leaves me full, and I don’t feel sluggish at all after consuming it unlike with fast food.
Sure, we have to eat, but we also have to drink. How many times have you tried to boost your water consumption only to forget a few weeks later? With Gululu, the next generation won’t feel that struggle.
Harnessing the power of technology and gamification, Gululu is a habit-hacking bottle for your kids to measure their water consumption and reward them for good hydration behaviours. It’s a high-tech solution for a common problem that impacts health worldwide.
And it may be for kids, but it’s so cool that I would definitely use it.
Nootropics are all the rage in the biohacking world right now. If you haven’t heard of them, nootropics are “smart drugs” or any substance that increases your cognitive abilities. They include a wide range of substances, most of which are decidedly safe and have a very low risk of toxicity. My current favourites are pramiracetam and Noopept.
Nootrobox, creators of chewable coffee, make nootropics easy. While many biohackers on the nootropic front measure powders onto scales and deal with the noticeably battery-acid taste of many of the compounds, Nootrobox provides easy-to-swallow pills with easily remembered names so that you know the intended effects of the substance and can easily consume it.
One thing about nootropics that any diehard user will tell you is that it depends on your own personal body chemistry. No one can tell you what dosage will be most effective or which nootropics will have an effect on you. Until now, it’s mostly just been a matter of experimentation.
Also in the line of nootropics, Modern AlkaMe takes nootropics to a much more personalized level. Whereas most nootropic companies provide pills or powders to their user who then experiments to see what dosages are most effective for them, Modern AlkaMe turns that into a science unto itself.
Modern AlkaMe standardizes and analyzes data from users, labs, sellers, and more. In this way, they are validating the efficacy of many of these substances nootropic users have been experimenting with for years. They’ll even help you design a personalized stack for free.
Welcome to the mood ring of the future.
Moodmetric is all about tracking your stress levels so you can take action. It watches your mood through the day and tracks your sleep through the night. It’s customizable, so you can measure many things in your life including exciting moments and your mindfulness and meditation practice.
Not only does it tell you when you’re stressed, but it tells you how long it takes you to recover from that stress as well.
Moodmetric rings are not used only by individuals, but for companies and occupational healthcare as well.
This is probably the absolute coolest, most disruptive invention on this list. Thync is wearable tech that doesn’t just idly monitor, but actively changes your mood and lowers your stress. It sends electrical impulses into your head and neck to make you calmer and happier. It’s clinically-tested and was developed by neuroscientists at MIT, Harvard, and Stanford.
Many people who tried it were skeptical at first but noticed an immediate difference. It’s been so well-received that it has been mentioned on major outlets including CNN.
Muse is the meeting between biohacking, brain sensors, and meditation. It’s a headband you can wear that monitors your brain activity and gives you audio feedback on your state of mind. Most of us are aware of the long-term benefits of meditation, and with Muse, you can meditate scientifically.
Its sounds are non-intrusive and are many of the environmental sounds you would hear on sleep audio tracks. But this audio is dynamic. If you hear the ocean waves and your mind begins to drift, perhaps you’ll hear a seagull. It won’t jar you out of your meditative state, but gently remind you to focus.
If you’re looking for a quicker and more jarring way to change your habits, Pavlok could be for you.
“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” –John Dryden
If you want a way to change your habits that extends beyond discipline, motivation, and sheer willpower (all of which can be hard to make truly effective), Pavlok has a shocking alternative.
No, literally, it shocks you.
Turn yourself into your very own Pavlovian experiment and train your brain to realize your bad habits have immediate negative consequences. Especially when it comes to health habits, this can turn into an amazing long-term benefit. The options for using Pavlok are practically limitless.