Most people have either heard of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or know someone who has been affected by it.
Arab-Israeli entrepreneur Aziz Kaddan has seen firsthand the negative side effects associated with some of the ADHD medication prescribed to children. That's what inspired him to found Myndlift, a technology company that aims to help people with ADHD in a way that replaces the need for medication.
More than 1 in 10 children ages 4 through 17 was diagnosed with ADHD in 2011, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most recent year the agency has tracked these statistics.
Myndlift software uses neurofeedback, or electrodes on the scalp, to measure brain activity. The brain activity is tracked by a headset and then sent to a mobile device app to show one's concentration levels. A Web dashboard is provided to parents and clinicians to monitor progress.
The technology includes gaming and mobile exercises that help one to concentrate, and the neurofeedback tracks the concentration levels via the headset. It is designed for both children and adults—the training program is tailored per age group.
Currently, a majority of those with ADHD take medication to help them concentrate. Of the children with current ADHD, 69 percent were taking medication for ADHD treatment, according to the CDC.