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Buggy Brain Scanners

The 'SpikerBox' Neuron Reader Inspects the Minds of Insects

— March 23, 2012 — Unique
Timothy Marzullo and Gregory Gage are the masterminds behind the bizarre 'SpikerBox' neuron reader, which lets you read the brainwaves of creepy crawlers. The only catch to learning about the inner brain patterns of a bunch of bug-eyed insects? You have to remove one of the icky creatures legs to get a reading.

The weird, but extremely inventive device is made up of a speaker, metal-needled neuron probes and a microprocessor and is powered by a 9-volt battery. To operate the device, the user must remove an appendage of their insect of choice and place the two neuron probes into it. One probe works to ground the device and the other records brain patterns. Since the part of the insect is still alive, the wannabe scientist can hear the neurons pulsing through the insect's leg and can do various experiments to see how the activity changes under certain conditions.

The SpikerBox neuron reader can also be hooked up to an iOS or Android device to bring the data on the go.
Trend Themes
1. Brainwave Monitoring - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop non-invasive brainwave monitoring devices for humans that provide real-time data for research and medical applications.
2. Miniaturized Neuroscience Tools - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Create compact and portable neuroscience tools that enable researchers to study brain activity in a range of organisms, not just insects.
3. Mobile Brainwave Analysis - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Design mobile apps and devices that allow individuals to monitor and analyze their own brainwaves, promoting self-awareness and mental well-being.
Industry Implications
1. Biotechnology - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Utilize advanced biotechnology to enhance brainwave monitoring devices and improve data accuracy and usability.
2. Research and Development - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Invest in research and development to create more efficient and less invasive methods for studying brain activity in both humans and animals.
3. Mobile Technology - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Combine mobile technology and neuroscience to develop user-friendly brainwave monitoring devices and apps for widespread consumer use.
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