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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 »

The state of intelligent wearable monitor systems and methods: Key neurotechnology patent #40

— Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,981,058

Today we highlight a 2011 patent by Dartmouth College, The National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services, aimed at fine-tuning treatment of Parkinson’s disease, stroke and other diseases affecting motor function. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,981,058: Intelligent wearable monitor systems and methods

  • Assignee(s): The Trustrees of Dartmouth College; The NIH, U.S. Dept. Of Health And Human Services Government
  • Inventor(s): Metkin Akay
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: July 19, 2011

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘058 patent relates to wearable systems that allow for enhanced assessment of a patient’s physical movement and thereby fine-tuning treatment of Parkinson’s disease, stroke and other diseases affecting motor function. Read the rest of this entry »

Minimizing negative side-effects from electromagnetic neural stimulation: Key neurotechnology patent #39

neural stimulation system

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,831,305

Today we highlight a 2010 patent by Advanced Neuromodulation Systems addressing a serious concern during the use of electromagnetic brain stimulation methods–where unintended stimulation of neurons can cause seizures or migraine headaches.

U.S. Patent No. 7,831,305: Neural stimulation system and method responsive to collateral neural activity

  • Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Bradford E. Gliner
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: November 9, 2010

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘305 patent addresses a phenomenon occurring during electromagnetic stimulation treatments of neurological conditions, where unintended stimulation of neurons can cause undesirable or collateral activity such as seizures or migraine headaches. Read the rest of this entry »

Enhancing cognition via brain training with a visual emphasis: Key neurotechnology patent #38

cognitive training

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,773,097

Today we highlight a 2010 patent assigned to Posit Science Corporation, the developer of BrainHQ brain training system. (As mentioned, we are featuring foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date, to get a better glimpse into emerging trends)

U.S. Patent No. 7,773,097: Visual emphasis for cognitive training exercises

  • Assignee(s): Posit Science Corporation
  • Inventor(s): Michael M. Merzenich, Peter B. Delahunt, Joseph L. Hardy, Henry W. Mahncke, Donald Richard
  • Technology Category: Neurocognitive training
  • Issue Date: August 10, 2010

SharpBrains’ Take:

In a similar yet unique approach to the ‘961 patent (another noteworthy non-invasive neurotechnology patent assigned to Posit Science), the ‘097 patent discloses methods for iteratively testing and training a user’s ability to discern between presented stimuli. Read the rest of this entry »

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