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What’s normal? When it comes to the brain, it’s hard to say, and that’s why we need to study global neurodiversity

In a small vil­lage in India—a place so remote it has no elec­tric­i­ty, no telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem, and no cars or buses—a research work­er pre­pares to place an EEG head­set on a female villager’s head. The woman, who earns $3.75 a day labor­ing in a near­by rice pad­dy and who has nev­er ven­tured out­side her vil­lage, eyes the futur­is­tic device with trep­i­da­tion.

Is it going to hurt my head?” she asks.

Sathish, the research work­er, has heard this ques­tion before. In fact, he’s heard sev­er­al sim­i­lar queries from anx­ious vil­lagers who have got­ten scared when they saw the brain­wear.

Will it give me a headache?”

Is it going to give me an elec­tric shock?”

He assures the woman the head­set is pain­less and explains that all she has to do is sit qui­et­ly and allow her mind to wan­der. Sathish gen­tly adjusts an array of elec­trodes on the woman’s head and Read the rest of this entry »

The birth of “everyday” brain-computer interfaces

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Neurable Rais­es $6 Mil­lion Series A To Build An ‘Every­day’ Brain-Com­put­er Inter­face (Forbes):

Neurable has announced a $6 mil­lion Series A round of fund­ing to move beyond VR appli­ca­tions and devel­op the every­day brain-com­put­er inter­face. These will take a head­phones form fac­tor and will tar­get con­sumers. This marks an excit­ing advance­ment for brain-com­put­er inter­faces (BCI) Read the rest of this entry »

Reservoir electrodes for electroencephalograph headgear appliance: Key Neurotech Patent #5

reservoir electrodes

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 6,301,493

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

U.S. Patent No. 6,301,493: Reser­voir elec­trodes for elec­troen­cephalo­graph head­gear appli­ance.

  • Assignee(s): Sed­line, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Dominic P. Mar­ro, Thomas T. Wash­burn, Denis E. LaBom­bard
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: EEG
  • Issue Date: Octo­ber 9, 2001

SharpBrains’ Take:

While patents in the neu­rotech­nol­o­gy cat­e­go­ry of EEG are more fre­quent­ly being direct­ed towards either EEG sig­nal analy­sis and/or appli­ca­tions of EEG (e.g., secu­ri­ty appli­ca­tions, sleep appli­ca­tions, etc.), the ‘493 patent presents an EEG patent direct­ed towards aspects of the core EEG hard­ware. Read the rest of this entry »

Combining Google Glass and mobile EEG headsets

PND-With-Glass-Front-1Per­son­al Neu­ro Seeks to Com­bine Google Glass with EEG (Medgad­get):

What do you get when you mix Google Glass and EEG? That’s the ques­tion that the peo­ple at Ottawa-based Per­son­al Neu­ro (Devices) are on their way to answer­ing… Read the rest of this entry »

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