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Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge funds program testing neurofeedback-based brain training to reduce cravings and battle opioid addiction

Soft­ware engi­neer Kel­ly Cash­ion (right) adjusts a wire­less EEG head­set on research engi­neer Nilesh Powar. Cred­it: The Uni­ver­si­ty of Day­ton Research Insti­tute


Bat­tling Addic­tion With Brain­pow­er (Uni­ver­si­ty of Day­ton press release):

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Day­ton Research Insti­tute has won a $10,000 Ohio Opi­oid Tech­nol­o­gy Chal­lenge award for a pro­gram that will teach peo­ple with opi­oid addic­tions how to reduce their crav­ings by regain­ing con­trol of their brains.

Using neu­ro­feed­back, we’ll work with our vol­un­teers to help them learn to reg­u­late activ­i­ty in the part of their brain asso­ci­at­ed with crav­ings and rewire some of those path­ways, allow­ing them to reduce their crav­ings and expe­ri­ence a more ‘nor­mal’ state even with­out opi­oids.” Read the rest of this entry »

Announcing new Sponsor & Partners to support the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5–7th)

Proud to announce a new Sum­mit Spon­sor and two new Sum­mit Part­ners help­ing make the 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit a great suc­cess!

New Silver Sponsor

EMOTIV is a bioin­for­mat­ics com­pa­ny advanc­ing under­stand­ing of the human brain using elec­troen­cephalog­ra­phy (EEG) with a mis­sion to empow­er indi­vid­u­als and accel­er­ate brain research glob­al­ly. Dur­ing Expo Day, the com­pa­ny will present new appli­ca­tions of their EEG-based solu­tions.

New Partners

The Ontario Brain Insti­tute is a provin­cial­ly-fund­ed, not-for-prof­it research cen­tre max­i­miz­ing the impact of neu­ro­science and estab­lish­ing Ontario as a world leader in brain research, com­mer­cial­iza­tion and care.

Neu­roTechX is a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion with a mis­sion to build a strong neu­rotech­nol­o­gy com­mu­ni­ty by pro­vid­ing key resources and learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties.


About the Summit

– Brain­no­va­tions Judg­ing Pan­el

The 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Decem­ber 5–7th, 2017) will fea­ture over forty of the world’s top experts and inno­va­tors work­ing on ways to enhance our brain health and per­for­mance in light of emerg­ing neu­ro­science and dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies, and fea­ture a fun Brainnova­tions Pitch Con­test. To Learn More & Reg­is­ter, please click HERE.

Collecting neuro-response data via wearable electroencephalography (EEG) headsets to personalize the presentation of stimuli: Key neurotech patent by Nielsen

stimulus material

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 8,392,251

Today we are shar­ing a 2013 patent by The Nielsen Com­pa­ny. (As men­tioned, we are fea­tur­ing foun­da­tion­al Per­va­sive Neu­rotech patents, from old­er to new­er by issue date, to help pre­view emerg­ing neu­rotech­nolo­gies and brain health solu­tions)

U.S. Patent No. 8,392,251: Loca­tion aware pre­sen­ta­tion of stim­u­lus mate­r­i­al

  • Assignee(s): The Nielsen Com­pa­ny
  • Inventor(s): Anan­tha Pradeep, Robert T. Knight, Ramachan­dran Guru­moor­thy, Dev Rat­nakar
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: EEG
  • Issue Date: March 5, 2013

SharpBrains’ Take:

Issued by the same exam­in­er and con­cur­rent­ly with Nielsen’s ‘250 patent, the ‘251 patent great­ly com­ple­ments the Nielsen port­fo­lio, con­sid­er­ing neu­rore­sponse data to stim­u­lus mate­r­i­al based on user-pro­file and loca­tion infor­ma­tion. Read the rest of this entry »

Want a music system that lifts you up when you’re feeling down? Meet this audio headset with bio-signal sensors (key neurotech patent #48)

Today we are fea­tur­ing a fas­ci­nat­ing patent by Neu­roSky, cou­pling an audio head­phone set sys­tem with EEG sig­nal detec­tion.

U.S. Patent No. 8,271,075: Audio head­set with bio-sig­nal sen­sors

  • Assignee(s): Neu­roSky, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Cheng-I Chuang, KooHy­oung Lee
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: EEG
  • Issue Date: Sep­tem­ber 18, 2012

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘075 patent cou­ples an audio head­phone set sys­tem with EEG sig­nal detec­tion by inte­grat­ing an EEG sen­sor (item 15 in the illus­tra­tive image) into the audio ear­piece to estab­lish a sens­ing head­set that is unlike­ly to cause dis­com­fort or oth­er­wise detract from the audio head­phone user’s expe­ri­ence. Read the rest of this entry »

Key take-aways from the 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit


Take-aways from 2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Neu­rotech News):

In Novem­ber (17th-19th) Sharp­Brains held its Vir­tu­al Sum­mit about “Mon­i­tor­ing & Enhanc­ing Brain Health in the Per­va­sive Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy Era.” The Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit is, as you might guess, a vir­tu­al (online) conference…The vir­tu­al sum­mit had it’s own divi­sion of top­ics for group­ing the dif­fer­ent speak­ers (see agen­da), but I’ll break it down in a dif­fer­ent way here. I’ll break it down into the fol­low­ing 4 main cat­e­gories:

  • 1. Brain & Cog­ni­tive Train­ing
  • 2. Wear­ables, Con­sumer & DIY
  • 3. Brain Health (health­care)
  • 4. Neu­rotech Field & Trends

Alvaro Fer­nan­dez start­ed the con­fer­ence by remind­ing us that we should keep in mind not to look at the field and the mar­ket as it is today, but how it will be in cou­ple years from now. As illus­trat­ed beau­ti­ful­ly in Read the rest of this entry »

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