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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 »

Best practices to navigate and implement the emerging brain health toolkit

Please consider joining us at SharpBrains’ upcoming virtual conference (November 17-19th), which will feature this fantastic session:

Tuesday November 17th, 12.30 – 1.30pm. Best prac­tices to nav­i­gate and imple­ment the emerg­ing brain health toolkit.

Two well-recognized prac­ti­tion­ers, at UMass and Wal­ter Reed, will describe their respec­tive well­ness and rehab ini­tia­tives, focus­ing on the prac­ti­cal con­sid­er­a­tions to nav­i­gate, select, and imple­ment the grow­ing array of technology-enabled brain health and behav­ioral health assess­ments and interventions.

  • Chair: Dr. Michael O’Donnell, Editor-In-Chief of the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Health Promotion
  • Dr. Dou­glas Ziedo­nis, Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Department of Psy­chi­a­try at the Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts Med­ical School
  • Kate Sul­li­van, Direc­tor of the Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter at Wal­ter Reed National Mil­i­tary Med­ical Center

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Braintainment Resources ranked #26 Holder of Pervasive Neurotech Intellectual Property*

BrainBraintainment Resources/ Brain.com was a pioneer in the mid-to-late 1990s in the production of cognitive training and brain health assessment software. Their main products, Think Fast and Cognometer, were intended to be used on a home PC to measure and improve mental skills such as memory, attention, Read the rest of this entry »

New York University ranked #19 Holder of Pervasive Neurotech Intellectual Property*

NYUNew York University is an academic institution in lower Manhattan, New York. Research there on non-invasive neurotechnology has yielded significant intellectual property relating to EEG monitoring, brain health assessment, Read the rest of this entry »

Top 14 Brain Fitness News in 2014: Research, Assessments and Training

BrainFitnessTrajectoryUnless you live in a cave, you are well aware of all the growing interest in–and controversies around–the topics of brain fitness and brain training.

A little perspective may help separate the signal from the noise. Take a minute to think about the early years of the physical fitness movement. It took decades of conflicting research and confusing media coverage to finally spread the idea that daily life activities are far from sufficient to keep us physically fit. And, at the same time, to Read the rest of this entry »

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