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Next: Will brain sensors be able to infer the mental state of a person–and, for example, identify sarcasm in a message?

-– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,082,215

Today we highlight a thought-provoking patent by Intellectual Ventures. (As mentioned, we are featuring foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents–from older to newer by issue date–to gain a glimpse into future applications)

U.S. Patent No. 8,082,215: Acquisition and particular association of inference data indicative of inferred mental states of authoring users

  • Assignee(s): The Invention Science Fund I, LLC (Intellectual Ventures)
  • Inventor(s): Edward K. Y. Jung, Eric C. Leuthardt, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A.
  • Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: December 20, 2011

SharpBrains’ Take:

Focused on evaluating the mental state of a message’s author, the ‘215 patent describes some interesting aspects of neurotechnology that make the patent noteworthy. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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 »

Update: To honor Brain Awareness Week 2017, let’s highlight 10 Key Facts To Harness Neuroplasticity And Improve Brain Fitness

— Giant neuron identified in mouse brain via novel brain imaging technique. Study linked below.

Last week was Brain Awareness Week, so let’s first of all discuss these 10 Key Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity & Improve Brain Fitness coming from the hundreds of scientific and medical studies we analyzed to prepare the book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Improve Brain Health and Performance at Any Age.

And here’s the rest of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter exploring the latest in brain health and mental performance.

New research:

New thinking:

New tools (via SharpBrains’ analysis of neurotech patents):

 

Finally, here’s a brain teaser to test your pattern recognition and other cognitive skills: The Empty Triangle.

 

Have a nice Spring!

 

The SharpBrains Team

Monitoring physiological and health data via non-contact sensors: Key neurotechnology patent #33

health data

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,485,095

Today we discuss a neurotech patent very relevant to non-contact neuromonitoring sensors (as an alternative to skin-contact electrodes), which may play an important role in measuring brain activity in the near future.

U.S. Patent No. 7,485,095: Measurement and analysis of trends in physiological and/or health data

  • Inventor(s): Vladimir Shusterman
  • Technology Category: Hybrid
  • Issue Date: February 3, 2009

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘095 patent describes teachings to address some of the medical treatment problems associated with non-contact sensors, such as electrocardiographic (EGG) and magnetocardiographic (MCG) sensors. Read the rest of this entry »

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