Explore the selected projects of the Smarting Recycle Program 2023!

The first Smarting Recycle Program just wrapped up with great success!

We’re proud of the selected projects, and we can’t wait to see how refurbished Smarting devices will enhance the extent of their work. We’ve undoubtedly achieved the program’s core purpose, which initially involved revitalizing pre-owned Smarting devices to pave the way for a sustainable future. Our ultimate promise is also achieved: to democratize neuroscience by supporting research in resource-limited countries.Smarting Recycle Program 2023 Through this program, we’ve breathed new life into pre-owned Smarting devices, fuelling groundbreaking research and nurturing the next generation of innovators. These refurbished systems boast excellent condition, maintaining high signal quality, robust wireless communication, and precise time synchronization. Their portability allows for effective use in diverse settings, including home environments and fieldwork.

But it’s more than just recycling devices – it’s about democratizing neuroscience and empowering researchers worldwide.  Our goal is clear: to make a meaningful environmental impact while advancing scientific discovery.

Smarting Recycle Program – Selected Projects

Smarting Recycle Program awarded the following projects that explore different aspects of brain function, including cognitive processes, neurodevelopmental disorders, and the influence of culture and environment.

Jomo Kenyatta University with the support of Jochen Baumeister, Paderborn University –  The researchers aim to utilize Smarting technology to assess the neurological responses of HIV patients in South Africa and Kenya. Their project, ongoing for several years, is closely aligned with an International Virtual Academic Collaboration (IVAC) focused on applied neuroscience in sports and physiotherapy. This initiative aims to benefit not only African students but also patients in underprivileged, low-income countries.

Smarting Recycle Program 2023
Jochen Baumeister – Smarting Recycle Program

Valentine Ucheagwu, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Nigeria – The team aims to employ Smarting EEG in conjunction with a neuropsychological test battery to differentiate between HIV/AIDS older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and those without MCI. Moreover, EEG could offer scalability as a supplementary diagnostic tool for the initial assessment of dementia, especially in resource-limited settings such as Nigeria. Utilizing EEG in conjunction with neuropsychological testing could serve as a clinical metric to pinpoint individuals who may benefit from more comprehensive and potentially costly diagnostic evaluations. The proposed methodology is intended to serve as an early warning system in outpatient clinics for identifying HIV/AIDS patients at risk of developing AD.

Maja Kelic, University of Rijeka, Speech and Language Pathology Studies – Maja’s project introduces EEG/ERP methods to students and stimulates their interest in neurocognitive research on language processing. The students would have the chance to conduct their research using mobile EEG technology. Finally, the Smarting devices would allow the students to conduct pilot studies examining phonological processing and reading abilities in both typically developing and impaired children.

Bernhard Wolfrum, Technical University of Munich, NeuroTUM  student club–  NeuroTUM’s dedication is the training of students in the development and use of neurotechnologies, in particular EEG. Their main project is the construction of a Brain-Computer Interface to participate in the corresponding discipline at the Cybathlon 2024. Two main types of research conducted by NeuroTUM are neuroelectronics and BCI. We hope that the refurbished Smarting devices will contribute to the advancement of neuroscience within this educational institution.

Nicolás Bruno, University of Buenos Aires – The researchers plan to utilize the Smarting devices in mind-wandering research, cognitive neuroscience, and BCI education. The acquisition of a Smarting device would not only enhance the practical lessons but also enable the students to engage in hands-on experimentation and learning. Introducing an EEG system would allow students to integrate neuroscientific methods into their projects, significantly broadening their learning horizons and research opportunities.

We also thank everyone who participated in the Smarting Recycle Program, and supported sustainability by recycling their older Smarting devices for the newer Smarting PRO Line series. We couldn’t have done it if you hadn’t seen the potential in our initiatives.

After the great success of our first program, we are impatient to announce the upcoming launch of Smarting Recycle Program 2.0. Keep a close eye on our Smarting Recycle Program webpage for all the latest updates and be the first to take advantage of this exciting opportunity.

Let’s continue our journey towards sustainability and scientific progress together.

We’re excited to have you on board!

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