Automatic Do-Not-Disturb Measures Your Brainwaves To Know When You're Busy

Italian-born neuroscientist Ruggero Scorcioni has developed a new technology that will help you get stuff done by deflecting phone calls or other notifications away when you're busy. Finally, technology to help keep your brainspace clear when you need it.

Ruggerio showed us his tech implemented as an app on a smartphone at an AT&T event in New York this morning. The technology works by measuring your brainwave activity using a commercially available headset which talks to your phone via Bluetooth. When your activity goes above a certain adjustable threshold, Ruggerio's app automatically holds your calls using a publicly available API.

The key to Ruggerio's app are the algorithms he uses to process the brainwave data. Beyond simply holding your calls, Ruggerio says the technology could be used to hold your email notifications and other interruptions until you've got the mental bandwidth to address them. He won an AT&T hack-a-thon back in January, and used the $US30,000 prize to start his new company Brainyno. Here's hoping he finds a way to keep those pesky Facebook alerts from distracting you when you're trying to work.

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