SBIR Phase II: Development of a Learning Tool that Enhances Memory during Sleep

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$499,996.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
1256609
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
1256609
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
EA
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
264 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA, 94103-2313
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
967680567
Principal Investigator:
Alexander Butterwick
(650) 213-6588
alex@sheepdogsciences.com
Business Contact:
Alexander Butterwick
(650) 213-6588
alex@sheepdogsciences.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The innovation uses custom hardware and software for accurate sleep classification in a cost-effective and durable design, as well as mobile "apps" to achieve memory enhancement by modulated consolidation (memC). By utilizing computer learning algorithms and models of the biological process underlying sleep, the innovation reduces the complexity of comparable systems. The system is tightly integrated with cloud systems to improve system performance for memory enhancement and reduce user experience complexity. The broader/commercial impact of the work is to develop tools and methods to optimize learning for students and adults of all ages. Particularly of interest is to provide a new approach for K-12 students diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Sheepdog Sciences is developing a commercial system to be used by students during study times and during sleep. By monitoring sleep and delivering the appropriate interventions, students using the device will improve the efficiency of sleep and study.

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