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Neurotech start-up Rythm raises $11 million more to develop and commercialize sleep-monitoring headband Dreem

Dreem machine: Rythm raises $11 million and launches $500 sleep-monitoring headband (VentureBeat)

“Founded out of France in 2014, Rythm is now based in San Francisco, where it has been working toward bringing its Dreem machine headband to market…In a nutshell, Rythm touts itself as a neurotechnology company that’s setting out to “enhance” your sleep, Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: Measuring physiological responses–including brain activity–to design stimulating, “conscious” cities

Stanley Park, Vancouver. Credit: Alamy Stock Photo.

 

The hidden ways that architecture affects how you feel: An era of “neuro-architecture” (BBC Future)

“We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us,” mused Winston Churchill in 1943 while considering the repair of the bomb-ravaged House of Commons. More than 70 years on, 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 »

The evolution of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): Key Neurotech Patent #23

transcranial stimulation

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,008,370

Today we are sharing a 2006 patent assigned to Brainlab. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,008,370: Method and device for transcranial magnetic stimulation.

  • Assignee(s): Brainlab Ag
  • Inventor(s): Phillip Tanner, Andreas Hartlep, Henrik Wist, Kerstin Wendicke, Thomas Weyh
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: March 7, 2006

SharpBrains’ Take:

Transcranial stimulation of targeted regions with automated means requires the automated system to have knowledge of the location of the patient’s targeted brain region in reference to the device inducing brain activity. Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Harnessing brain scans to personalize autism-related behavioral interventions

pet_imagingAutism First: Brain Patterns May Predict Treatment Response (Medscape):

“It’s possible to predict whether a young child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will respond to an evidence-based behavioral intervention by analyzing brain activity patterns with functional MRI (fMRI) prior to treatment Read the rest of this entry »

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