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Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter exploring the latest in brain health.

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Have a great month of March!

The SharpBrains Team

Managing information flow based on user’s mental state and cognitive load: Key Neurotech Patent #19

control presentation

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,874,127

This is another fascinating 2005 patent assigned to Microsoft, helping manage the presentation of information based on user’s mental and physical state and cognitive load (and, yes, desired level of privacy).

U.S. Patent No. 6,874,127: Method and system for controlling presentation of information to a user based on the user’s condition.

  • Assignee(s): Microsoft Corporation
  • Inventor(s): Dan Newell, Kenneth H. Abbott
  • Technology Category: Hybrid
  • Issue Date: March 29, 2005

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘127 patent applies brain technology to information management with user models that consider cognitive load and mental state in order to determine how and what information is presented to the user. Read the rest of this entry »

How Microsoft anticipated wearables, machine learning and cognitive enhancement: Key Neurotech Patent #18


– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,842,877

Let’s discuss today a fascinating patent assigned to Microsoft back in 2015. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 6,842,877: Contextual responses based on automated learning techniques.

  • Assignee(s): Microsoft Corporation
  • Inventor(s): James O. Robarts Eric L. Matteson
  • Technology Category: Neurocognitive Training
  • Issue Date: January 11, 2005

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘877 patent discloses wearable devices that incorporate techniques for user-feedback loops to automatically improve a system’s response, for example when the computing system identifies  user’s needs and preferences through the use of sensing components, in a variety of environmental contexts. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Finalists announced for the $1M Global Teacher Prize

These are the 10 best teachers in the world (Global Teacher Prize announcement):

“We’ve all had teachers who have inspired us, who have made a difference to our lives.

Teachers have the power to make or break lives. A great lesson can inspire a passion for a subject that lasts a lifetime, while lacklustre teaching can kill any desire for learning.

Teachers who make a significant difference in their students’ lives – sometimes against all odds – deserve to be celebrated.

The Global Teacher Prize does just that, awarding $1 million to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession.”

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Computer modeling meets Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): Key Neurotech Patent #17

transcranial magnetic stimulation

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,827,681

This is a very interesting 2004 patent, assigned to Brainlab AG,  outlining a way to use computer modeling to target brain stimulation.

U.S. Patent No. 6,827,681: Method and device for transcranial magnetic stimulation.

  • Assignee(s): Brainlab AG
  • Inventor(s): Phillipp Tanner, Andreas Hartlep, Henrik Wist, Kerstin Wendicke, Thomas Weyh
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: December 7, 2004

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘681 patent claims broad coverage over the use of computer modeling in targeted brain stimulation techniques. Read the rest of this entry »

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