Mobile EG Device to be Used in Upcoming Marathon

UTC’s Health and Human Performance department is making a wave in technology, brain waves that is.

The new technology is making its way onto UTC’s campus and at the upcoming Chattanooga Marathon.

The mobile EG device measures your brain’s activity, while you’re doing different activities.

Andrew Bailey, assistant professor of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism at UTC , said the device reads the electric current your brain is sending out.

“When your brain as a lot of activity and in different portions of your brain you can kind of tell what’s going on in a person’s head just by the portion of your brain that it’s in. If we look at somebody being very focused..maybe we would see that their body is reacting to that as well.”

The device slips onto the person’s head then the data is transferred through the sensors.

“What’s unique about it is this runs off of Bluetooth, so it will shoot the signal either to a cell phone or computer.”

The data is transferred to an app created by a local tech company, Carbon 5.

The team is also using a Microsoft armband to compare the results to what’s happening in your brain.

“It tells us your heart rate, your skin temperature, and it gives us an indication what’s going on physiologically in your body. We don’t know if the brain might be leading some of those reactions in the body or the body might be leading some of the actions in the brain”

Eric Hungenberg, a Sports Management professor at UTC will be one the two participants wearing the headset during the 26.2 mile marathon.

“From a spectators standpoint, it provides you know, an interesting glimpse into what an athlete goes through. To see my emotions, you know my physiological responses, my physiological responses for everybody to see will be interesting.”

All of the data will be live streamed in real time on monitors during the marathon.

The Chattanooga Marathon’s events will begin on Friday March 4th, but the research using the EG device will start on Sunday during the marathon.

The UTC researchers will have more EG devices at the end of the finish line, giving people the opportunity to see their own brain waves in action.

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