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Enabling deep, focused transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): Key neurotechnology patent #34

magnetic stimulation

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,520,848

Today we are sharing a key 2009 patent, assigned to Stanford University, that enables the stimulation of deeper structures of the brain without overwhelming superficial structures that are not the focus of treatment. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,520,848: Robotic apparatus for targeting and producing deep, focused transcranial magnetic stimulation

  • Assignee(s): Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
  • Inventor(s): M. Bret Schneider, David J. Mishelevich
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: April 21, 2009

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘848 patent discloses techniques for stimulating deeper structures of the brain without overwhelming superficial structures that are not the focus of treatment. Read the rest of this entry »

The future of personalized brain stimulation via enhanced cognitive-emotive profiles: Key neurotechnology patent #31

cognitive-emotive profiles

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,460,903

Today we highlight a fascinating 2008 patent describing how to combine a number of neurotechnologies (EEG feedback, TMS brain stimulation, monitoring/ training software) to help “upgrade” one’s cognitive-emotive profile.

U.S. Patent No. 7,460,903: Method and system for a real time adaptive system for effecting changes in cognitive-emotive profiles

  • Inventor(s): Jaime A. Pineda, Brendan Z. Allison
  • Technology Category: Hybrid
  • Issue Date: December 2, 2008

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘903 patent describes coupling neuromonitoring with brain activity inducing technologies by combining techniques including EEG brainwaves, TMS devices, and a set of software tools to enhance brain functionality in adaptive and durable ways, via upgraded individual cognitive-emotive profiles. Read the rest of this entry »

Tailoring computing experience based on user’s mental state and quality of attention: Key neurotechnology patent #30

Automated selection

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,395,507

Today we highlight a fascinating 2008 patent assigned to Microsoft, discussing assessment techniques such as pupil tracking or head orientation sensors to identify where and what the user is focused on–and what types of  information and/ or notifications to display accordingly.

U.S. Patent No. 7,395,507: Automated selection of appropriate information based on a computer user’s context.

  • Assignee(s): Microsoft Corporation
  • Inventor(s): James O. Robarts, Dan Newell, Kenneth H. Abbott
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: July 1, 2008

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘507 patent discloses methods for assessing a user’s mental state and more broadly the user’s context, to discern whether or not to present the users with a message (e.g., an advertisement). Read the rest of this entry »

Monitoring health, wellness and fitness via wearable devices: Key Neurotech Patent #29

— Illustrative image from US Patent No. 7,261,690.

Today we are sharing a fascinating 2007 patent assigned to Bodymedia. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,261,690: Apparatus for monitoring health, wellness and fitness.

  • Assignee(s): Bodymedia, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Eric Teller, John M. Stivoric, Christopher D. Kasabach, Christopher D. Pacione, John
  • L. Moss, Craig B. Liden
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: August 28, 2007

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘690 patent discloses an apparatus for monitoring human health and wellness, including mental health elements, through a wearable device with physiological and contextual (environmental) sensors. Read the rest of this entry »

Treating sleep-related breathing conditions–such as sleep apnea–via EEG brainwave analysis: Key neurotechnology patent #28

sleep-disordered breathing

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,190,995

Today we discuss a 2007 patent assigned to Regents of the University of Michigan, the NIH and the US Deptartment of Health and Human Services.

U.S. Patent No. 7,190,995: System and method for analysis of respiratory cycle-related EEG changes in sleep-disordered breathing

  • Assignee(s): Regents of the University of Michigan; NIH and U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Inventor(s): Ronald D. Chervin, Joseph W. Burns, Nikolas S. Subotic, Christopher Roussi
  • Technology Category: EEG
  • Issue Date: March 13, 2007

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘995 patent applies EEG technology to measuring a relevant feature to everyone’s life: breathing. Specifically, the respiratory measurement cycle may be used to treat sleep-related breathing conditions such as sleep apnea, hypopnea and sleep fragmentation. Read the rest of this entry »

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