SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 18, 2014)—Neuroscience research has gone wireless.
Today, Blackrock Microsystems LLC announced that it has struck an agreement with Brown University to license and commercialize a wireless neural activity monitoring system that will liberate neuroscientists from the cumbersome wires and cables that have burdened their research for decades.
The journal Neuron just published a paper on a wireless neurosensor from the Neuroengineering Laboratory at Brown, which significantly outperforms all other wireless sensors currently on the market. Related to that paper, senior author Arto Nurmikko commented, “This device enables new types of neuroscience experiments with vast amounts of brain data wirelessly and continuously streamed from brain microcircuits.”
Blackrock first unveiled the system— to rave reviews — at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., this past November. The Blackrock system, which includes Brown’s technology can transmit large amounts of data — via 96 channels at 48 Mbps — from a subject’s brain for up to 48 hours between rechargeable battery replacements. And at 43 grams and 60 cubic centimeters, it’s more compact than any other wireless brain technology to date.
Conventional wired neuroscience research systems limit subjects’ movement and make it tremendously difficult for researchers to study sleep. Blackrock’s new wireless system eliminates such problems.
“This wireless system is a major step forward in brain-interface technology,” said Professor Florian Solzbacher, Ph.D., president of Blackrock Microsystems. “We’re working hard to make this technology smaller and longer-lasting. These systems can have every-day, practical uses for people, and we’re determined to make that a reality.”
Blackrock Microsystems, based in Salt Lake City, was founded in 2008 and has become the world’s leading provider of technology in the neuroscience, neural engineering, and neural prosthetics space. The Company’s technology has been at the core of worldwide innovations in Brain Machine Interfaces, implantable bionic technologies and epilepsy diagnostics. www.blackrockmicro.com
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