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Connecting cardiological and neurological health: Key neurotech patent by Medtronic

cardiac signals

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,209,009

Today we are sharing a fascinating Medtronic patent combining cardiac monitoring with brain stimulation. (As mentioned, we are featuring foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 8,209,009: System and method for segmenting a cardiac signal based on brain stimulation

  • Assignee(s): Medtronic, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Jonathon E. Giftakis, Nina M. Graves, Mark Turner Rise
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: June 26, 2012

SharpBrains’ Take:

This patent considers the inter-relationship and co-occurrence of activity between brain and heart. 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 future of EEG-based personal devices monitoring brain function: Key neurotechnology patent #26

medical communication device

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,138,902

Today we highlight a very interesting 2006 patent assigned to Phillips and Accenture — who have been collaborating  to develop software for EEG-based operation of home appliances to aid patients suffering from neurogenerative diseases such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

U.S. Patent No. 7,138,902: Personal medical communication device and system

  • Assignee(s): Phillips, Accenture
  • Inventor(s): Raymond J. Menard
  • Technology Category: EEG
  • Issue Date: November 21, 2006

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘902 patent relates to techniques and systems for personal medical devices, evidencing the trend (as described in Background of the Specification) of the expansion of medical service delivery from strictly within medical centers into the homes and/or mobile lifestyles of patients. Read the rest of this entry »

Medical signal monitoring and display: Key Neurotech Patent #3

medial-signal-monitoring and display

— Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,224,549

Today we are sharing a 2001 patent assigned to Carefusion 209, Inc. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 6,224,549: Medical signal monitoring and display

  • Assignee(s): Carefusion 209, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Wirm van Drongelen
  • Technology Category: EEG
  • Issue Date: May 1, 2001

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘549 patent addresses this problem by combining EEG data with other sensor data (e.g., EMG data), together with a customizable presentation that is best suited for the nurse, doctor or patient gathering data.

Read the rest of this entry »

Witnessing an explosion of consumer-facing neurotechnologies to (potentially) harness lifelong neuroplasticity

Last week I shared some key scientific, technological and investment trends revolutionizing Brain Health, based on my participation at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, and promised a second article more focused on the technology side of things.

Here it is 🙂

Just a few weeks after the SharpBrains Summit I also attended CES 2017. While I enjoyed the myriad emerging technologies –autonomous vehicles, robotics, drones, augmented and virtual reality headsets, voice activated everything– I was mostly struck by a firm named Halo Neuroscience. They have a fascinating wearable product, Halo Sport, claiming to accelerate gains in strength, explosiveness, endurance, and muscle memory, improving the brain’s response to athletic training. It uses tDCS (transcranial direct current stimulation), essentially priming movement-related circuits of the brain to become more receptive to stimuli, helping the brain wire in the practice for improved future response.

The cutting edge of applied neuroplasticity

Both conferences allowed me to see the cutting edge of Read the rest of this entry »

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