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Neuroon is the world’s first system, which allows you to modify your sleep paterns with patented light therapy.
Neuroon is the world’s first system, which allows you to modify your sleep paterns with patented light therapy.
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NeuroOn: Detailed Update

Posted by Neuroon Open (Creator)
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Hey guys, 

We’ve wanted to give you a longer update about what we have done recently, what we are doing now, and what we have planned. 

- Hardware -

After testing various fabrics and polymers for the electrodes in the NeuroOn, we have decided on stainless steel. It allows for great conductivity and durability, two characteristics that define what we look in different components. Professional medical electrodes are also made from metal and we do not want to take compromises here either. Our electrodes will be very thin (we are testing 0.2-0.5 milimeter width), virtually resembling plastic. They will be covered in foam so they will also be very comfortable to the skin. 

If you want to know more about the type of electrodes we use, you can check out our recent blog post: 

https://neuroon.com/dry-electrodes-why-we-have-decided-to-use-them-why-are-they-the-future-of-wearable-technologies/

Like we said before, the electronics of the NeuroOn are already ready, and the choice of electrodes has completed the sensor strip that will be attached on top of the electronics box. For the rest of the project, the hardware team will be concentrated on testing, tooling, and managing the certification process of the NeuroOn. 

The already ready PCB of the NeuroOn
The already ready PCB of the NeuroOn

We have already chosen the manufacturing plants that will be assembling the NeuroOn and will be signing contracts with them soon. We have already purchased the vast majority of electronic components necessary for the NeuroOn, and they are already stored waiting to be sent to the production lines. 

Watch out for your finger, Kate!
Watch out for your finger, Kate!
Damian soldering the battery tester for the NeuroOn
Damian soldering the battery tester for the NeuroOn

- Software -

We have just completed implementing the alarm clock wake up algorithm. Waking up with be accomplished through, first, lights that imitate dawn, second, delicate vibrations, and, third, if the user has not been woken up by now, sound. There is a lot of evidence that humans can wake up by light alone. Such a gradual waking up mechanism allows us to combine the most natural waking methods with the assuredness that the user will wake up by the time set with minimal sleep inertia (morning drowsiness). 

Something less “showy” that we have accomplished recently, albeit still extremely important for us, is the device firmware update manager, a feature that will allow the NeuroOn to keep being updated after the its already shipped. It will allow us to implement new functions and modify existing ones in the NeuroOn that we have already sent out. 

We have also completed a test trial of the NeuroOn at a local sleep clinic. We are currently analyzing the signal feedback gathered from those tests. We want to conduct one more trial run in the next month. 

Our biological signal processing specialist Michael, pictured here with the data gathered during the last trial
Our biological signal processing specialist Michael, pictured here with the data gathered during the last trial

Our software team is analyzing the data from the trials. This data is vital to the NeuroOn’s sleep scoring mechanism. We know the project is experiencing a delay from our original Kickstarter timeline and we want to ship the NeuroOn to you guys as soon as possible. 

Because of that our software team is working hard on the release release version of the algorithm that, however, we will be updating even after the release as there is always something that can be made better. 

In addition, we have recently met with our advisor Dr. Christopher Drake from the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit to discuss clinical trials pertaining to the NeuroOn’s jetlag reduction mechanism with the use of light therapy. This is a great opportunity for us and we will keep you posted on that.

If you want to know more about light therapy and jet lag, check out our blog post on the “social jet lag” here: 

https://neuroon.com/social-jet-lag-light-therapy/

Jet lag is something we have really put a premium on in the last couple months. The NeuroOn can be very effective in treating it. Yesterday on our website we have added a jet lag optimizer that you can test yourself right now: 

https://neuroon.com/jetlag/

Bright light exposure during sleep inhibits the release of melatonin to the blood stream. There is a lot of evidence that shows that people with a smaller difference of melatonin release during sleep and wake better tolerate nightshifts and other unusual working schedules. 

The NeuroOn, combined with the jet lag application that we are working on, will incorporate the algorithm from our website to make sure you feel better when you travel long distances. 

The core mechanic behind both jet lag reduction as well as polyphasic sleep is the management of circadian rhythm. That is why we have decided to use a very precise thermometer in the NeuroOn that monitors the release of melatonin (sleep hormone) to the blood, which, in turn, is crucial in understanding of the sleep and wake cycle. 

- Mobile -

There will be three applications in the NeuroOn ecosystem: the NeuroOn sleep companion, a polyphasic sleep manager, as well as a jet lag application. 

Robert, our iOS programmer, testing the jet lag application
Robert, our iOS programmer, testing the jet lag application

We are putting the finishing touches on the jet lag application. The sleep manager application is also largely complete, but we have to wait until all software algorithms are ready for final testing and accommodation to occur. 

The polyphasic sleep manager will also be ready for the NeuroOn release. 

- Design -

When it comes to the non-electronic part of the NeuroOn, we are currently in the testing phase. As we have said before, we are working with one of the best design teams in Europe: Ergo Design from Cracow. 

Here is the current version of the NeuroOn that we use in testing
Here is the current version of the NeuroOn that we use in testing

Together with Ergo Design, we are creating different versions of the NeuroOn, versions made from different materials and with small design tweaks. We have to test them, literally sleep wearing them, to decide which ones are most comfortable. 

Version of the NeuroOn without the additional air ducts
Version of the NeuroOn without the additional air ducts

We are really proud to have the NeuroOn be made of the most advanced materials on the market. Besides being comfortable, the NeuroOn is also hygenic, as it boasts a antibacterial cover that takes over 100 washes to be depleted. That is two years of continual antibacterial protection if you wash it once a week! 

Version of the NeuroOn with the additional air ducts
Version of the NeuroOn with the additional air ducts

The entire design process, which is already in its 4th month, is conducted in close cooperation with production plants that will be making and assembling different parts of the NeuroOn. That is why in addition to the regular NeuroOn design work, we also had to consider the production capabilities of various factories, especially in relation to specific material availability or production techniques. 

Even with the best team, prototyping and testing takes longer than we had originally anticipated. We are currently looking for shipping in the end of first quarter of 2015, yet that is assuming certification will go without letups. We will keep you updated with how work is progressing more often. 

We know the project is experiencing delays, and we want to show you what we are doing more often so that you understand better how our work looks like and what we do on a week-by-week basis. 

Our CEO Kamil donning the NeuroOn before flying to our U.S. office two weeks ago
Our CEO Kamil donning the NeuroOn before flying to our U.S. office two weeks ago

- Certification -

Certification is something we can only start once we have a completely tested version of the NeuroOn, and we hope to start it in the beginning of 2015. The optimistic timeframe for certification is around two months, but we cannot predict how long it will take exactly. We want to obtain FCC, UL, and CE certifications for the NeuroOn, and are doing our best to have the process go as smoothly as possible. 

Still testing the NeuroOn batteries on our old testing circuit, though next week we are getting a new one
Still testing the NeuroOn batteries on our old testing circuit, though next week we are getting a new one
Different versions of the NeuroOn being manufactured for testing
Different versions of the NeuroOn being manufactured for testing

 In other news, we have just welcome to our team Agnes, our new community manager, who will be helping us and keeping you better up-to-date going forward. 

(Agnes says “Hi, guys!”) 

We hope that now you have a better understanding what we are doing here and what still has to be done. Delivering a device that both works and is safe is our priority. If, however, you still have questions about the delay, you can send us a message through Kickstarter and we will arrange a Skype call with us to help answer any outstanding questions you may have about the development process of the NeuroOn and the said timelines. 

Also, in the beginning of January we will be attending probably the most important tech event in the world: CES in Las Vegas. Our booth number is 740027, so if you are out and about the Health and Technology marketplace, and want to see the NeuroOn, then come talk to us! 

The Intelclinic Team

Survey Results

Posted by Neuroon Open (Creator)
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Hey guys,

Thank you for your feedback concerning the front design of the NeuroOn! Here are the results we have gotten:

As we can see the black collection has proved to be most popular, occupying the top spots in the results. The black collection is supposed to look modern, yet elegant. The inspiration behind the also popular metallic gradient collection, on the other hand, is the colors of the sky during dawn and dusk. As for the simple gradient collection, it provides an alternative for people who want a minimalist design. 

We will be following your suggestions when setting the first several designs of the NeuroOn. In time, we will provide more designs as well as something a lot of you requested: a customized front that includes an image selected by you. 

Until next time!

- The Intelclinic Team

Front Design

Posted by Neuroon Open (Creator)
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Hey guys,

We are currently preparing several physical prototypes to test which materials will be used in the release version of the NeuroOn. We are extremely excited to select among most advanced skin-friendly materials, so that not the electronics but the other materials will be top-notch as well. We are also testing several anti-bacterial coverings to make the NeuroOn more as impervious as possible to both perspiration and dirt. After we select the final materials then the next step is certification (which should take up to 8 weeks), manufacturing, and then it's shipping.

In the meantime we want to show you several concepts of how the final design will look like. Here are a couple examples of the gradient design.

And here there’s the so-called “black collection.”

Which design do you guys like best? We would appreciate if you took a short survey to let us know! :)

http://bit.ly/NeuroOnDesign

- Intelclinic Team

Working on the NeuroOn Design

Posted by Neuroon Open (Creator)
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Hey guys,

As we had mentioned earlier, we have finished the work related to the electronics inside the NeuroOn. Our attention now is turned towards the actual look and feel of the mask. Last week we have met with Ergo Design from Cracow, the design studio that has been helping us design the NeuroOn, to discuss the materials we want to use, so that the NeuroOn is as comfortable and hygienic as possible. 

Ergo Design has created over 670 different products in the last 20 years and has broad expertise when it comes to the most advanced fabrics and materials on the market (you can view some of their projects on their website at http://www.ergodesign.pl/en/projects). 

Here are some photos from our meeting. 

As for the NeuroOn, here is the current rendering. 

As for the materials, we are still experimenting with introducing a series of ducts to allow for better "breathing" of the materials. We want to test a couple different materials for the mask to make sure the NeuroOn can be worn for long periods of time with biggest comfort. 

In 6-8 weeks we will have a nearly final, physical prototype of the NeuroOn. After successful tests we can begin the manufacturing process. 

Thank you for your support and until next time!

- The Intelclinic Team

August 13th: Working Update

Posted by Neuroon Open (Creator)
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Hey guys,  

This time we would like to update you a bit more about a new process we have decided to implement in order to better protect the electronics within the NeuroOn from any potential damage.

This process is known as potting and entails covering the electronics within the mask, apart from ports or LEDs, with a special coating material by filling the entire electronic module with a solid or gelatinous compound for resistance to shock and vibration, and to shield against any type of moisture and corrosive agents. Thermo-setting plastics or silicone rubber gels are often used in this process. 

This protects the electronics inside from outside shocks and pressure, anywhere from dropping the mask on a floor made from a hard material, or even something falling on top of the mask itself. 

                      An example of typical potting process for a circuit board

This technique is normally used in devices that suffer from a lot of outside pressure and shocks, and it helps to prolong their life span without a need for repairs. This means that in regular usage settings of the NeuroOn, in the event of something happening to the PCB, the electronics will be kept safe, even after an error caused by the inappropriate handing of the device.

In other news, we are perfecting and calibrating filters and sensors within the mask itself. We are able to isolate frequencies of beta wave signals, among others, created by the user’s brain while focusing on a given task during which these signals rise noticeably and, conversely, the decrease in these signals as the user relaxes.

We will update you with more information as we continue working on our device. In case you have any more questions, please send us an e-mail at contact@intelclinic.com

- potting picture source: http://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/Epoxy-Potting-Compound-has-low-viscosity-formulation-827302