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Fully concentrated on task at hand? Then your computer won’t distract you

brain notification

Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,055,722

Today we highlight a fascinating patent by IBM that leverages brain monitoring (including EEG feedback) to suppress distracting notifications–hopefully such a system will become available soon!  Read the rest of this entry »

Monitoring neurological activity to detect epileptic seizures: Key Neurotech Patent #9

— Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,473,639


Today we are sharing a 2002 patent assigned to Neuropace, Inc. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 6,473,639: Neurological event detection procedure using processed display channel based algorithms and devices incorporating these procedures.

  • Assignee(s): Neuropace, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): David R. Fischell, Jonathan Harwood, Benjamin D. Pless
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: October 29, 2002

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘639 patent discloses techniques for detecting neurological activity, namely the occurrence of an epileptic seizure based on algorithmic processing of signals measuring brain activity. Read the rest of this entry »

Is the future of brain sensors and signals open-source or commercial? (Hint: Probably both)

OpenEphysNeuroscientists Join the Open-Source Hardware Movement (IEEE Spectrum):

“Graduate students Josh Siegle and Jakob Voigts were planning an ambitious series of experiments at their MIT neuroscience labs in 2011 when they ran into a problem. Read the rest of this entry »

Brain fitness meets HRV and EEG biometrics and neuroinformatics

As an active participant in the OpenViBE project (a software platform to design, test and use Brain-Computer Interfaces), in scientific as well as technical capacities, I have long been focused on ways to process, analyze and put brain signals to practical use. When I started reading on the subject of brain fitness a few years ago, I recognized the potential to enhance a variety of brain training approaches, from meditation to cognitive training, by deploying Read the rest of this entry »

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