Starstim tCS Home® is the most advanced and flexible system for tCS Home Studies. It allows for up to 8-channel tDCS, tACS, or tRNS sessions using Sponstim or NG Pistim electrodes, from the patient’s home, with strict remote supervision. On top of the widely acknowledged quality known from Starstim tCS®, Starstim tCS Home® offers unique features to support remote treatment, following state-of-the-art security and accessibility standards. In addition to the stimulator device, it includes the home interface tablet which guides patients through the scheduled treatment. The information synchronizes in real-time with the Neuroelectrics portal. The Neuroelectrics headcap is equipped with color codes to simplify preparation for treatment sessions.
Starstim tCS Home® has been applied in clinical research and treatment, with over 700 successful remote sessions year to date, to chronic pain, post-stroke, and elderly populations. It is currently classified as an investigational device under US federal law.
Required impedance checks before and ongoing during stimulation.
Emergency stimulation abort available at-hand to the patient.
Continuation of the stimulation disallowed provided that a patient has aborted the execution.
Continuation of the stimulation session limited to the remaining time in case the device has auto-aborted due to high impedance values.
State-of-the-art data-in-transit and data-at-rest encryption preventing any treatment or device manipulations aside of institutional members authorized in the Neuroelectrics portal.
Visual guidance through the treatment sessions matching high accessibility standards including schedule info, instructions on device preparation and maintenance.
Explanation and actions listed in case of any hardware or compliance issues.
Color-coded montage positions to simplify the preparation process.
Acute events report by default after every stimulation.
Content available in English, German, or French. Additional languages available upon request.
Pre-planned or ad-hoc remote scheduling of treatment sessions be the researcher allows strict access control to home stimulation from the lab or clinic.
Real-time detailed logging of treatment events in the institution’s storage space.
Real-time logging of electrode impedance values in the institution’s storage space.
Configurable real-time email notifications of treatment events.
Remote support for home interfaces.
Number of channels: 8 channels
Electrode management: uses Neuroelectrics Cap
Types of Stimulation: linear combination of tDCS, tACS and tRNS, with Sham mode
tACS frequency range from 0 to 250 Hz. tRNS from 0-500 Hz (user configurable bandpass filtered tRNS).
Current: maximum of plus/minus 2mA per electrode
Current is configurable independently for each channel
Current accuracy: < 1%
Current resolution: 1 μA
Configurable Ramp-up and Ramp-down times
Voltage: up to + - 15 V at each electrode (≤30 V stimulation potential difference)
Current at electrode limited to < 2 mA
Max injected current by all electrodes at any time < 4 mA
Impedance check before and during stimulation
Stimulation Abort functionality with easy access at any time
Other Technical Specifications
USB rechargeable system using Li-Ion battery
Communication: Encrypted WiFi
Operating time: 4h 8 min (8-channel continous stimulation)
Dimensions: 89.1 mm x 61.1 mm x 23.8 mm
Weight: 85 g
Home Interface Tablet
Model: Microsoft Surface Go
Storage: 64 GB eMMC Flash
Display: 10 inch 3:2
Memory: 4096 MB
Weight: 523 g
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10
Cloud communication via WiFi card, Necbox communication via USB-C WiFi dongle
Cloud Data Storage
4-year extensible license for data retention
Starstim has been used for research and therapy in many areas, including neuropathic pain, post-stroke rehabilitation, depression, addictive disorders, learning, cognitive enhancement, and basic neurophysiology research.