“Real Results - from Pharma to making a paralyzed person communicate to demand for Parkinson's and Senior Care tech to enough international patents to launch a consortium - without sacrificing a single animal or making a single hole into anyone's head.”

NeuroVigil's iBrain: Revolutionizing Brain Monitoring without the Needles

April 13, 2024






NeuroVigil, World’s Most Valuable Neurotech, Launches iBrain™ in US


March 31, 2024

Dr. Philip Low predicts the Future of Neurotechnology

August 24, 2023

“Overcoming challenges against all odds | Philip Low”

Recorded on July 6, 2022 and released on August 26, 2022 - Space of Mind Podcast







March 22, 2022 - Businesswire



December 3, 2020 - Businesswire


August 25, 2018 - Focus


November 15, 2017 - Forbes forbes logo white


Dr. Low interviewed by BBC

July 22, 2016 - BBC BBC world service logo




July 11, 2016 - Financial Times financial times


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Neurotech Goes Global: Tens of Thousands of Brains Coming Online

February 4, 2015 - medGadget





NeuroVigil’s iBrain Technology to Help Research Psychiatric Drugs, Assist in Understanding Neurological Disease

 August 21, 2014 - medGadget






"We Treat Animals in a primitive way"

August 20, 2014 - INFO Exame






NeuroVigil Announces New Brain Research Initiatives

August 14, 2014 - MarketWatch





The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness

July 7, 2014 - New York Times NYT1



“'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 3, 2013 - Yahoo! News yahoonews


"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 1, 2013 - New York Times NYT1



"“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 1, 2013 - The Scientist Scientist2


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"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 19, 2012 - New Scientist


July 30, 2012 - Forbes


"Stephen Hawking trials device that reads his mind"

July 12, 2012 - New Scientist

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Reading Stephen Hawking's Mind to Keep His Voice Alive

July 2, 2012 - TIME timemag2




Scientists set to show how they hacked into Stephen Hawking's brain

June 25, 2012 - MSNBC



Sleep Mining by NeuroVigil is one of "32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow"

June 3, 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 14, 2012 - Forbes
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"With the iBrain, I need to think before I think." 

iBrain Headband Can Read Your Thoughts

April 9, 2012 - Mashable



iBrain can 'read your mind'; enlists Stephen Hawking

April 9, 2012 - Yahoo! News



Whose brain would you like to hack?

April 9, 2012 - CNN


"iBrain could provide major medical advances..."  




Stephen Hawking's Mind Reading Experiment and Big Bang Cameo

April 6, 2012 - Slate
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"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 5, 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 4, 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 3, 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 21, 2012 - The Telegraph








NeuroVigil is one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Health Care  

July 12, 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 26, 2011 - Singularity Hub singularityhub-blue31

“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 15, 2011 - medGadget






Neurovigil, Brain Decoding Company, Gets Major Funding

May 2, 2011 - medGadget




iBrain is the "iPhone of Neurosciences" 

March 16, 2011 - BILAN





"NeuroVigil Wants To Speed Up Treatments Of Alzheimer's And Other Brain Diseases"  

December 15, 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 7, 2010 - NBC Universal
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Dr. Philip Low on Annual list of 35 Innovators Under 35

August 25, 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."



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August 25, 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 26, 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 4, 2010 - CNN






Wired: Gadgets and Ideas to Revolutionize Healthcare

November 4, 2009 - Wired






"Roche inks deal with sleep monitoring start-up"

November 2, 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 30, 2009 - Huffington Post





Dr. Philip Low on Neurovigil / Pharma Partnership Announcement  

October 29, 2009 - medGadget



Secret sleep of birds revealed in brain scans    

June 26, 2008 - NewScientist
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In Sleep, We Are Birds of a Feather    

July 1, 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 20, 2003 - The Economist