Fully concentrated on task at hand? Then your computer won ’t distract you

Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,055,722 — Today we highlight a fascinating patent by IBM that leverages brain monitoring (including EEG feedback) to suppress distracting notifications–hopefully such a system will become available soon!  (As mentioned, we are featuring foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent No. 8,055,722: Notification control through brain monitoring of end user concentration Assignee(s): International Business Machines Inventor(s): David R. Hill Technology Category: Hybrid Issue Date: November 8, 2011 SharpBrains’ Take: The ‘722 patent discloses techniques for improving personal productivity by leveraging brain monitoring (including EEG feedback) to suppress distracting notifications. When detected brain signals indicate a user is concentrating on a particular task, the system suppresses otherwise distracting communications such as emails, instant messages, texts and voicemail. With only three illustration sheets and three pages of written material, the specification may raise questions around the adequacy of support for claimed subject matter. Nevertheless, the claim breadth, coupled with the significant remaining life of the patent (projected expiration of 2029), are among the factors making the ‘722 patent a key non-invasive neurotechnology patent. Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer prog...
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