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A sleek, multi-channel, wireless headset that monitors your brain activity and translates EEG into meaningful data you can understand.
A sleek, multi-channel, wireless headset that monitors your brain activity and translates EEG into meaningful data you can understand.
A sleek, multi-channel, wireless headset that monitors your brain activity and translates EEG into meaningful data you can understand.
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A US team at Boston Children's Hospital say EEG traces could offer a diagnostic test for Autism.

Caroline Hattersley of The National Autistic Society said: "We welcome any research that may help us to understand autism better and improve diagnosis times for those with the condition. While further testing of EEG scans is still required, any tools that help identify autism at a younger age could potentially improve a person's quality of life by allowing the right support to be put in place earlier.

Electroencephalography (EEG) is the only current method of measuring brain activity that is safe for children and adults of all ages and medical conditions, and inexpensive enough to be used on a regular basis for routine checkups. Advances in hardware and new methods for finding complex patterns in brain waves may enable EEG to eventually become a practical tool for "brain checkups". No other current brain scanning technology is inexpensive and simple enough to have any hope of becoming a routine screening tool, no matter how good it might be in the laboratory.

"New EEG hardware may eventually enable a quick, safe, inexpensive, and practical way of capturing very early differences in brain organization and function, allowing early monitoring of brain development in children, just as we now monitor other developmental indicators. A deeper understanding of the relationship between neurophysiological processes and cognitive function may yield a new window to the mind and provide clinically useful psychiatric biomarkers." says Dr William Bosl, Harvard Medical School. "If this research (using EEG data analysis) leads to an early diagnostic method based on EEG alone, that could have tremendous implications for kids who have autism."

Link to the full paper, A stable pattern of EEG spectral coherence distinguishes children with autism from neuro-typical controls - a large case control study


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    1. Tan Le Creator on

      @Guy, Thank you for your note.

      We invest heavily in research & development and want to keep our community updated on the latest developments in EEG research that may have a positive impact on their lives in the coming years. Whilst this research is still in its infancy, the potential ramifications are significant. We are not suggesting that this is in any way commercially available nor suitable for the Emotiv Insight at launch.

      However, we do have a large community with interests across a broad range of application areas. We understand that our update may not be of interest to all members of our community, but we felt it was a useful article to some members of our community and provides hope and possibilities for the future.

    2. Guy Sheffer on

      @Ronald Indeed. And for the expected level of accuracy this is not applicable.

      @Tan Le, I hope I am not speaking only for myself - as backers we are less interested in "press releases' and things that "could offer" solutions. We are much more interested in what you guys are actually doing. We want to hear your success failures. We want to hear what this headset in particular could and could do (or not) based on your years of experience, because as backers we are all in this endeavor together. Building up such bold claims as the ones above would only make backers get disappointed once they receive the headsets. We know EMOTIV is in a very competitive market, we know you want to get as much pledges as possible, but also know that pledges already know the potential of the technology, they believe in you. So please - keep your updates real and realistic, it will make all of us even more proud to back you. The best campaigns are the ones that don't try and flood with how great they are, they explain what they are doing weekly for the campaign to succeed. I hope you take the time to consider my humble advice.

    3. Tabitha Hazeltine on

      It would be great if just with this small device if it could help kids with autism.

    4. Ronnie on

      Well, most of us won't be able to get any EEG data if you got the early birth 199 and 229 we won't have access to the raw EEG date. I'm hoping at least we will be ale to see our brain activity in 3D

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      Mark Spohr on

      Thanks for sending these interesting links.
      How would EMOTIV be used in this case?
      Does the EMOTIV INSIGHT provide enough data to see "EEG spectral coherence"?