NeuroPro, a developer of innovative solutions for capture, analysis and visualization of brain signal data for medical and non-medical applications, today announced a novel electroencephalogram (EEG) headset, NeuroTrail, at the conference “Imagining the Future of Medicine” at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Developed in partnership with Belgian-based nanoelectronics research center imec and Swiss-based innovation house Creaholic, the headset integrates imec and Holst Centre’s cutting-edge technology in Body Area Networks (BANs) for highly accurate real-time wireless EEG monitoring with an original design developed by Creaholic, combining user comfort with clinical quality EEG monitoring.
The headset designed by Creaholic represents a major step towards achieving high-quality EEG recordings with very low setup time, thereby both improving the patient’s comfort and clinical efficiency. NeuroTrail is optimized for a wide variety of head shapes and sizes, acommodating 1-8 measurement channels and individual electrodes can be easily relocated on standardized positions of the international 10-20 system. By simplifying and drastically reducing the setup time for recording EEG signals, NeuroTrail creates new opportunities for ambulatory and home monitoring as well as consumer applications.
The Neurotrail EEG headset is based on imec and Holst Centre’s wireless EEG measurement platform, which combines low-power technology, active electrodes and high signal quality with wireless connectivity to a smart phone or tablet. Integrated with NeuroPro’s visualization software, the headset will revolutionize brain signal analysis by leveraging the latest developments in mobile computing and cloud computing technology.
“We have been creating circuits and compact systems for wearable EEG for the past 6 years,” commented Chris van Hoof, Program Director Wearable Healthcare (HUMAN++) at imec/Holst Centre. “But achieving clinical-grade functionality in a consumer-grade headset required rethinking the electronic subsystem to make imec technology fit inside. This new system was only possible thanks to a very intensive and close collaboration between Neuropro, Creaholic and imec.”
NeuroPro (neuropro.ch) is a Swiss medical research, design and commercialization company that brings together cutting-edge mobile computing and innovative EEG data analysis methodologies to create user-friendly, real-time solutions for consumers, researchers and healthcare professionals.
NeuroPro’s mission is to harness the benefits of the digital and mobile revolutions and apply them to the problems of neuroscience to radically improve the way we acquire, understand and utilise brain signal data.
Originating as a collaboration with the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London, NeuroPro’s technologies are unique, employing established computer science principles, such as patented binary pattern matching algorithms, to EEG data in neurological research as well as the diagnosis and monitoring of neurological disorders.
Imec (imec.be) performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. Imec leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec delivers industry-relevant technology solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, its international top talent is committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable society. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Taiwan, US, China, India and Japan. Its staff of close to 2,000 people includes more than 600 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2011, imec’s revenue (P&L) was about 300 million euro.
Imec is a registered trademark for the activities of IMEC International (a legal entity set up under Belgian law as a “stichting van openbaar nut”), imec Belgium (IMEC vzw supported by the Flemish Government), imec the Netherlands (Stichting IMEC Nederland, part of Holst Centre which is supported by the Dutch Government), imec Taiwan (IMEC Taiwan Co.) and imec China (IMEC Microelectronics (Shangai) Co. Ltd.) and imec India (Imec India Private Limited).
About Holst Centre
Holst Centre (holstcentre.com) is an independent open-innovation R&D centre that develops generic technologies for Wireless Autonomous Transducer Solutions and for Systems-in-Foil. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia around shared roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of cross-fertilization that enables Holst Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs.
Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by imec (Flanders, Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands) with support from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Government of Flanders. It is named after Gilles Holst, a Dutch pioneer in Research and Development and first director of Philips Research.
Located on High Tech Campus Eindhoven, Holst Centre benefits from the state-of-the-art on-site facilities. Holst Centre has over 180 employees from around 28 nationalities and a commitment from more than 45 industrial partners.
Creaholic (creaholic.com) is a Swiss innovation-house, founded in 1986 by Elmar Mock, one of the co-inventors of the Swatch. Today, Creaholic is composed of a multidisciplinary team, having successfully completed more than 700 projects, originated 180 patent families and received numerous industry awards.
The disruptive and "hands-on" approach of Creaholic has been leveraged across various industrial fields from medical to packaging, and automation to watches. Creaholic works with leading industry partners as well as incubating its own ventures via licensing and establishment of spin-off companies such as Woodwelding, Bonewelding, miniswys, smixin and Joulia.
For NeuroPro: Antonia Sjöstrom
For Holst Centre: Koen Snoeckx,
P: +31 612 71 98 43 - E: Koen.Snoeckx[.]holstcentre.com.
For Creaholic: Marcel Aeschlimann