Neurotech Goes Global: Tens of Thousands of Brains Coming Online
February 4th, 2015 - medGadget
NeuroVigil’s iBrain Technology to Help Research Psychiatric Drugs, Assist in Understanding Neurological Disease
August 21st, 2014 - medGadget
"We Treat Animals in a primitive way"
August 20th, 2014 - INFO Exame
NeuroVigil Announces New Brain Research Initiatives
August 14th, 2014 - MarketWatch
The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness
July 7th, 2014 - New York Times
“'If you ask my colleagues whether animals have emotions and thoughts,' says Philip Low, a prominent computational neuroscientist, many will drop their voices to a whisper or simply change the subject'... In the summer of 2012, an unprecedented document, masterminded by Low — 'The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness in Human and Nonhuman Animals' — was signed by a group of leading animal researchers in the presence of Stephen Hawking... For Philip Low, the Cambridge Declaration was aimed directly at the Cartesian prejudice against nonhumans.“
How Human Brains Could Be Hacked
July 3rd, 2013 - Yahoo! News
"People with Lou Gehrig's disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) or other forms of paralysis still have healthy brain activity. Using the iBrain, they could use thoughts to control a virtual hand on a computer screen."
If Hackers Inherit the Earth
July 1st, 2013 - New York Times
"“By seeing the activation of particular brain structures, we can tell, ‘Ah, this person is trying to move his hands,’” explains Philip Low"
Philip Low: Sleep Analyzer
January 1st, 2013 - The Scientist
The Scientist Magazine's Scientist to Watch
"Low continues to push for broader applications, such as in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's research, and has formed a partnership with Stephen Hawking to develop a communication device for ALS patients who have lost the ability to speak and move."
Image: Concept, Gilberto Tadday and Philip Low; Photo, Frank Rogozienski
September 19th, 2012 - New Scientist
July 30th, 2012 - Forbes
Reading Stephen Hawking's Mind to Keep His Voice Alive
July 2nd, 2012 - TIME
Scientists set to show how they hacked into Stephen Hawking's brain
June 25th, 2012 - MSNBC
Sleep Mining by NeuroVigil is one of "32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow"
June 3rd, 2012 - New York Times
"Wearing a small sensor on your head, at home, while you sleep, could be the key to diagnosing diseases early and assessing overall health."
Satire: What's Stephen Hawking really thinking?
April 14th, 2012 - Forbes
"With the iBrain, I need to think before I think."
iBrain Headband Can Read Your Thoughts
April 9th, 2012 - Mashable
iBrain can 'read your mind'; enlists Stephen Hawking
April 9th, 2012 - Yahoo! News
Whose brain would you like to hack?
April 9th, 2012 - CNN
"iBrain could provide major medical advances..."
Stephen Hawking's Mind Reading Experiment and Big Bang Cameo
April 6th, 2012 - Slate
"Hawking has lent the use of his nervous system's gray matter to a San Diego-based company that produces the iBrain ..."
Device may be able to make Stephen Hawking talk just by thinking
April 5th, 2012 - CBS News
"Using the algorithm Low previously developed, they were able to see Hawking's thoughts as changes in the signal, shown as spikes on a grid."
iBrain could help Stephen Hawking speak again by reading his mind
April 4th, 2012 - Fox News
"The black headband, aptly named iBrain, could eventually allow Hawking to communicate simply by thinking. The device is part of a new generation of portable brain scanners used to monitor conditions like depression, sleep apnea, and schizophrenia in real-time."
Bits Daily Report: A Device to Read Your Thoughts
April 3rd, 2012 - New York Times
"...The researchers traveled to Dr. Hawking's offices in Cambridge, England, fitted him with the iBrain headband and asked him ''to imagine that he was scrunching his right hand into a ball,'' Dr. Low said. The algorithm was able to discern Dr. Hawking's thoughts as signals..."
NeuroVigil wishes Prof. Stephen Hawking a Very Happy Birthday
January 21st, 2012 - The Telegraph
NeuroVigil is one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Health Care
July 12th, 2011 - The Washington Post
"Neurovigil's iBrain headband records brainwave data while the user sleeps. The data can be used to monitor sleep activity, which could help researchers identify disease patterns, earning the company the No. 9 spot on the list."
NeuroVigil in the News
May 26th, 2011 - Singularity Hub
“Philip Low was a graduate student at the Salk Institute, working towards a PhD studying brain activity during sleep. He’d chosen Salk upon the recommendation of Francis Crick of Watson and Crick DNA fame. From this auspicious start, Low joined the Computational Neurobiology Lab at Salk where he discovered a fundamentally new way to assess brain activity.
Not only did Low invent a single electrode EEG cap, he invented software that receives the data and, using an algorithm that Low computed himself… In a head-to-head comparison (get it?), the algorithm was more accurate than manual methods at analyzing a night’s worth of data and cut the job time down from 30-60 minutes to just a few seconds.
But even as a graduate student himself Low had bigger plans for his single-channel EEG system and its algorithm than making sleep research easier for himself and his colleagues. In 2007, the year he defended his thesis, Low founded a company to develop his inventions. The company is called NeuroVigil, the single-channel EEG has become iBrain, and the software he named SPEARS (Sleep Parametric EEG Automated Recognition System Algorithm).
Philip Low appears to be one of those rare minds that is both brilliant and unstoppable. He is an inventor, an entrepreneur, a professor with appointments at both Stanford and MIT.
He is a young man who’s not hard to believe in. And someone certainly does believe in him, although he won’t tell us who he is just yet. Whoever it is, I just hope they can keep up with Dr. Low.”
FutureMed Day 4 — Philip Low, Andrew Hessel, a Visit to Intuitive Surgical, and More
May 15th, 2011 - medGadget
Neurovigil, Brain Decoding Company, Gets Major Funding
May 2nd, 2011 - medGadget
iBrain is the "iPhone of Neurosciences"
March 16th, 2011 - BILAN
"NeuroVigil Wants To Speed Up Treatments Of Alzheimer's And Other Brain Diseases"
December 15th, 2010 - Forbes
"For pharmaceutical companies constantly hunting for ways to improve their dismal chances of getting a drug to market, it could be one more tool in their arsenal."
Meet the iBrain
November 7th, 2010 - NBC Universal
Dr. Philip Low on Annual list of 35 Innovators Under 35
August 25th, 2010 - Technology Review
Portable devices for monitoring brain activity
"The device is small enough to be worn on a headband, so subjects can sleep at home rather than at a clinic. To make life even easier for subjects, the company is developing a version of the device that gathers data and beams it to a subject's cell phone, which can then send it wirelessly to NeuroVigil for analysis."
August 25th, 2010 - MIT
August 25th, 2010 - San Diego Union-Tribune
“Past recipients include Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the co-founders of Google; Max Levchin, the creator of PayPal; and Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook.
Low, 31, was recognized for creating the iBrain, a small portable wireless device that monitors electrical brain activity through a single electrode instead of the mass of wires and pads usually needed for gathering such measurements. He also crafted the mind-twisting mathematical algorithm needed to make sense out of the signals.
The work has attracted the interest of giant pharmaceutical companies… Technology Review editors said Low’s work has the potential to transform parts of the health care system. ‘The experimental and computational methods (he) has developed challenge our understanding of brain waves during sleeping and awake states in humans and across species,’ they said in a statement announcing the list. ‘Low envisions a world where neurological diseases can be quickly diagnosed and monitored, leading to faster and more effective treatments.’ ‘We look for people who are getting technology out into the world,’ said Review special projects editor Stephen Cass.
‘I most likely would not have tackled (sleep disorders in humans) had it not been for those birds,’ Low said. That work led to his doctoral thesis, which he delivered on a single page.
Even before the MIT Technology acclaim, Low already was circulating in a rarefied crowd of intellectual giants and technology titans. His mentors include Dr. Roger Guillemin, the Nobel laureate and retired Salk professor, and Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs, who regularly meets Low for coffee.
‘I really have very high regard for this young man who is extremely efficient and very clever,’ said Guillemin, 86, who lives in La Jolla. ‘He is unusually bright, there is no question about it.’”
Revolutionizing Sleep Science
January 26th, 2010 - Huffington Post
"The size of two pennies, the miniature iBrain marks what scientists, doctors and venture capitalists see as holding the potential to revolutionize the study of sleep, speed the diagnosis of disease and tap into the multibillion dollar sleep and neurodiagnostics markets. 'We are about to give people access to their own brain,' Low says with cool confidence."
The future of brain-controlled devices
January 4th, 2010 - CNN
Wired: Gadgets and Ideas to Revolutionize Healthcare
November 4th, 2009 - Wired
"Roche inks deal with sleep monitoring start-up"
November 2nd, 2009 - MobiHealth News
"...Wireless sensor and neuropathology start-up NeuroVigil has inked a deal with Swiss pharamceutical company Roche. NeuroVigil will provide Roche with its iBrain wireless sensors to help the company collect and analyze data during its clinical trials. NeuroVigil technology will be used to help the company's development of various drugs for CNS disorders..."
TEDMED 2009: Using Sleep As A Gateway Into The Brain
October 30th, 2009 - Huffington Post
Dr. Philip Low on Neurovigil / Pharma Partnership Announcement
October 29th, 2009 - medGadget
Secret sleep of birds revealed in brain scans
June 26th, 2008 - NewScientist
In Sleep, We Are Birds of a Feather
July 1st, 2008 - The New York Times
"Philip Steven Low of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, Calif., and colleagues report in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that electroencephalograms of the songbirds show they have episodes of rapid-eye-movement sleep and slow-wave sleep as well as transition stages and quick spikes, all reminiscent of mammalian sleep patterns."
Sleeping with the finches
November 20th, 2003 - The Economist