Kortex® + VR: The Stress Detox Experience™

Kortex® is the first brain stimulation peripheral for VR headsets. Validated in multiple published studies, the technology manages stress and sleep by stimulating the production of serotonin, lowering cortisol and modulating brain activity.

Manufactured by Fisher Wallace Laboratories, Kortex® clones the neurostimulation technology of the Fisher Wallace Stimulator®, a prescription medical device that has been cleared by the FDA and approved in Europe. Since 2009, more than 7,000 healthcare providers have prescribed the the Fisher Wallace Stimulator® to over 30,000 patients.

Kortex® uses the same circuit board and delivers the same stimulation output as the Fisher Wallace Stimulator® - but with a more limited intended use. Available without a prescription, Kortex® is regulated as a general wellness device by the FCC and is strictly intended to manage stress and sleep.

Fisher Wallace Laboratories partnered with ustwo Games to co-market Land’s End: A VR Adventure with Kortex® and the combination will be studied in an upcoming clinical trial. Additional content recommendations include Old Friend and Chocolate by VR auteur Tyler Hurd, the healthcare content of AppliedVR, Relax VR, and Orbital Vanitas from The New York Times VR. Kortex® customers will receive content recommendations on a monthly basis. Kortex® attaches to most VR headsets, including the Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream View, ZEISS VR ONE Plus, VIVE and Oculus headsets. Kortex® is not compatible with the Sony PlayStation VR headset.


VR World NYC is the largest virtual reality attraction in North America, making emerging media more accessible to consumers, companies, content creators and product developers. Steps away from the Empire State Building, VR World NYC showcases over 50 premium genre experiences of the best virtual, augmented and mixed reality. Starting in February, VR WORLD NYC will offer Kortex® to its visitors.

Safety Notice

Individuals with implanted, electronic medical devices, such as an implanted brain stimulator or electronic stent, should NOT use Kortex® as it may interfere with the functioning of such devices. Kortex® may cause minor side effects (headache, dizziness or skin irritation at the electrode sites) in 1% of users.

Quotes from Co-Founder Kelly Roman

“Most of our pre-order customers never experienced VR before buying Kortex - I expect that trend to continue because the healthcare value of Kortex broadens the audience beyond experienced gamers.”

“Kortex is the first neurostimulation device for the wellness market that may be accurately described as ‘prescription strength’ because it clones the technology of the Fisher Wallace Stimulator - a powerful differentiator.”



Fisher Wallace Laboratories




Product Lead:

Kelly Roman, Co-Founder, Fisher Wallace Labs

Industrial Design:

Tim Tan, Founder, Nosh Studio

Electrical Engineering:

David Orozco and Isaac Fenta, GenOne

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Scientific Evidence:

Open the research Dropbox for Fisher Wallace Laboratories

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About Land’s End

Land's End is a VR adventure from the creators of Monument Valley. Set against spectacular landscapes, the player is tasked with awakening an ancient civilization using the powers of their mind. Land’s End combines Ustwo Games’ award-winning approach to interactive storytelling with Samsung Gear VR, creating an incredible virtual reality experience that you can take anywhere. Land’s End began as an investigation into new techniques for interaction and navigation in VR. Co-designers Peter Pashley and Ken Wong were especially interested in the advantages of mobile, wires-free VR, and in designing game controls based only on head-tracking. After several weeks of prototyping and testing, the team eventually settled on the gaze-based mechanic that became the basis for Land’s End. To expand the project to a full VR experience, the team drew on their strengths in creating beautiful environments and zen-like puzzles. The project was heavily inspired by beautiful yet isolated regions from around the world, including the Hebrides, Iceland and Saudi Arabia. Further inspiration came from neolithic sites and artifacts, including Stonehenge. Exploring a world filled with these spectacular landscapes, the player is tasked with awakening an ancient civilization using the power of their mind.

The Land’s End Press Kit

About VR World

VR World showcases over 50 experiences of the best virtual, augmented and mixed reality, spanning across all genres from gaming to the visual arts, film, science, documentary, music, social and environmental impact. VR World opened it’s flagship location this past June in Midtown Manhattan, steps from the Empire State Building. It’s the first and largest location-based cultural attraction for virtual, augmented and mixed reality in North America.

What makes it special? VR World has revolutionized the user experience for virtual reality entertainment. The space, due to its human-centered and interactive design, facilitates socialization and community development around this emerging technology.

With screens in every bay, seating throughout the space, a full bar and lounge and several multiplayer games, visitors can enjoy and share their experiences with others. VR World is run by a dedicated team constantly working to innovate, improve and push forward what’s possible in how the general public experiences virtual reality. Our aim is to totally change your least when you’re in our world. For more information, visit