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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 »

Measuring “brain temperature” in the future?: Key Neurotech Patent #27

biologic parameters

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,187,960

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

U.S. Patent No. 7,187,960: Apparatus and method for measuring biologic parameters

  • Assignee(s): Geelux Holdings, LTD.
  • Inventor(s): Marcio Marc Abreu
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: March 6, 2007

SharpBrains’ Take:

As explained in the background of the ‘960 patent, blood temperature is a key indicator of health that is neither varied by emotional state nor easily controlled by voluntary action. 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

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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 »

First-ever Pervasive Neurotechnology Report finds 10,000+ Patent Filings Transforming Medicine, Entertainment and Business

— Nielsen, Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Medtronic, Microsoft and Brainlab emerge as leading IP holders

Pervasive Neurotechnology Infographic 430wide

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San Francisco, CA– (May 6, 2015) – SharpBrains, the leading market research firm tracking applied neuroscience, unveiled today–at the 2015 NeuroGaming Summit–a new 206-page report that, for the first time, analyzes the major intellectual property trends in the Pervasive Neurotechnology industry: non-invasive, potentially ubiquitous neurotechnologies, commercially viable outside major medical institutions or research facilities.

“Through this report’s wide and deep analysis, SharpBrains has made another key contribution to our understanding of the tools and technologies that are at the forefront of the global neurotechnology industry, and at the forefront of technology overall,” highlights Zack Lynch, Executive Director and Founder of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization.

Over the past two years Read the rest of this entry »

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