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

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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 »

Augmenting physiotherapy via neurofeedback and neurostimulation: Key neurotechnology patent #43

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– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,121,694

Today we are sharing a fascinating patent from Medtronic.  (As mentioned, we are featuring 50 foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 8,121,694: Therapy control based on a patient movement state

  • Assignee(s): Medtronic, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Gregory F. Molnar, Steven S. Gill, Keith A, Miesel, Mark S. Lent, Timothy J. Denison, Eric J. Panken, Carl D. Wahlstrand, Jonathan C. Werder
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: February 21, 2012

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘694 patent discloses methods to treat patients afflicted with movement or other neurodegenerative disorders through brain-signal feedback. Read the rest of this entry »

The future of personalized brain stimulation via enhanced cognitive-emotive profiles: Key neurotechnology patent #31

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– 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 »

Study: EEG-augmented brain training shows promise as first-line treatment for ADHD

Atentiv_System_PrototypeNovel Brain Training Game May Reduce Kids’ ADHD Symptoms (Medspace):

“A novel cognitive training computer game that uses a child’s own brain waves to improve concentration may reduce symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), say US researchers.

Investigators used a novel feed-forward modeling (FFM) system, which…is based on a computer cognitive training game in which attention is required to move an avatar through the game. The game was calibrated using an electroencephalogram (EEG) headband with three frontal sensors to create a model of attention and inattention states. Read the rest of this entry »

Next: EEG systems getting ready to integrate brain activity monitoring into daily living

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Digital tattoo lets you control devices with mind power alone (New Scientist):

“WHAT’S on your mind? For £79, anyone can buy a headset that reads the electrical activity of their brain. It’s called an electroencephalogram, or EEG, and you can use it to control devices with the power of your mind. But there’s a drawback: Read the rest of this entry »

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