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iBrain, coming up

The word amazing loses its effectiveness from overuse. This is too bad, because sometimes we really need it, such as when describing the science behind a mind-reading tool. As you may have seen, the New York Times reported today on a matchbox-sized device called the iBrain that aims to determine the thinking person's intent. Invented by Philip Low, PhD, chief executive of the San Diego-based company NeuroVigil, and his team, the iBrain is "part of a new generation of portable neural devices and algorithms intended to monitor and diagnose conditions like sleep apnea, depression and autism."

A Stanford researcher is among the people who weighed in on the device:

"Philip Low’s device is one of the best single-channel brain monitors out there,” said Ruth O’Hara, [PhD,] an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University Medical School. She plans to use the iBrain for autism studies.

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