PEER 2.0 – A Big Step Forward for Mobile EEG

PEER 2.0 takes Suva’s EEG research technology another big step forward with an application that is now more powerful and easier to use.

In 2017, Suva Technologies released PEER (Portable EEG ERP Researcher), the world’s first iOS application designed to allow the collection of research-grade EEG data with just an iPad/iPhone and a MUSE Headband.

PEER needs only an iPad/iPhone and a MUSE Headband to collect data

Since then, it has been used in major universities around the world, including the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, Harvard, the University of Bristol, and many others. Since its initial release, we have received fantastic feedback from our users. They loved what we had already built, but they also had many great ideas about new features and capacities that they wanted to see in future versions of PEER.

We’re pleased to be able to announce that PEER 2.0 is now complete, and it is packed with improvements that make it both more powerful and easier to use. Here are some of the most exciting new features:

Expansion Packs (In-App Purchases)

One of the things that many users wanted to see was a version of PEER that could be upgraded on a modular basis so that researchers could create a customized experience with extra analytical tools and research paradigms. Along with the release of PEER 2.0, we are also unveiling our first two in-app expansions, which are an on-board analyzer for P300 and N200 evoked potentials and a customizable gambling game that allows researchers to write their own user interface scripts.

Auditory Oddball/Go-No-Go

Another common user request was for auditory versions of the Oddball and Go-No-Go games. This feature is now built into the PEER 2.0 app. Instead of having subjects respond to differently colored circles, they can respond instead to tones of varying pitch.

The new studies menu

Studies Menu

For PEER 2.0, we’ve built an entirely new “studies menu” that allows you have multiple customized studies stored on your device. Now, you don’t have to change the game settings every time you want to conduct a different kind of test. You simply go to the studies menu and either create a new study or use a previously saved one.

Lab Environment Upgrades

We’ve made several improvements to make it easier to use PEER in a laboratory setting. For example, we added support for a second screen, so that you can monitor live EEG data on a separate monitor while your subjects are using the iPad/iPhone. We’ve also added the capacity for PEER to select a specific MUSE Headband for interfacing, which is important if you are working in a busy lab in which multiple researchers are using PEER at the same time.

The new scenes menu

Preview Scenes

To help you visualize how changing settings will affect the user experience of your research games, PEER now shows you a live preview of how your current settings will appear in the game. This change greatly streamlines the setup process and reduces the need to launch the game to test settings.

A Broad Array of Improvements

PEER 2.0 also boasts many other new features and improvements from our original version. Please explore our full list of changes for more details, or contact us to learn more about how PEER 2.0 can help you with your research agenda.

PEER 2.0 is available for purchase on the Apple App Store now.

Suva Technology Helps Reveal Fatigue in Emergency Room Health Workers

Suva’s mobile EEG software is at the leading edge of research on fatigue in a wide variety of settings. One recent example is a study conducted by members of the University of Victoria’s Theoretical and Applied Neuroscience Lab, which used our technology to investigate levels of cognitive fatigue among emergency room doctors and nurses at Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital.

The study demonstrated that the average cognitive function among the health workers in this important setting was comparable to that of people who have been consuming alcohol. It also clearly shows that cognitive function consistently declines over the course of a shift, which highlights the importance of limiting shift length.

Another important finding of the study is that the health care workers in the study were unable to accurately assess their own fatigue levels. Like people across all walks of life, health care workers simply don’t know how tired they are at any given moment. The need for a technological solution that can reliably measure cognitive fatigue is clear.

One of the many benefits of Suva’s EEG analysis technology is that it can be used as a research tool to help health authorities (and any other type of organization) determine what limits should be placed on shift lengths in the interest of safety and efficiency. Our flagship application Aspire, which is specifically designed to measure cognitive function with a simple, 4-minute test, can also be used as an ongoing evaluation tool that can alert workers to emerging fatigue issues before they become a major problem.

To learn more about how Suva technology can help assess cognitive fatigue in almost any environment, contact us!

You are also welcome to download your own PDF copy of this study.

Suva on the Road: National Safety Council Conference in Seattle!

This past week, Suva attended the National Safety Council‘s outstanding Workplace Fatigue Conference in Seattle (20-21 February). Represented by our CEO Nolan Beise, Suva took part in the workgroup breakout sessions on Fatigue Risk Management Systems and Fatigue and Technology.

The National Safety Council (founded 1913) is a non-profit organization that boasts a membership of over 55 000 American organizations, ranging from corporations to labour organizations to schools and public agencies. This year’s NSC conference on workplace fatigue was well-attended by consultants, fatigue management companies and representatives from major corporations, the US military, and a broad range of public agencies.

Suva’s Aspire Application

Suva generated great buzz at the conference as Nolan demonstrated the Aspire App and gave many of the conference delegates a chance to directly measure their cognitive fatigue for the very first time with our cutting-edge technology.

We were delighted to find that Suva and the Aspire app were the subject of so much interest. Many conference delegates understood that Aspire is a game-changing, next-generation technology with clear potential to revolutionize fatigue management.

Nolan was approached by and had extended talks with representatives from an array of large multinational corporations, as well as a wide variety of public agencies. In all, Suva had an amazing conference and we look forward to forging productive future relationships with many of the organizations Nolan met.

Suva is in the Canadian Business Journal!

This photo, and many others like it, are part of the feature on Suva in the CBJ this month!

Here at Suva, we’re really happy to be featured in this month’s issue of the Canadian Business Journal! If you’re looking for a great overview of where we’ve been and where we are headed, we definitely recommend checking it out!

Here’s a direct link to the article!

MUSE: Expanding the Frontiers of Human Neuroscience

One of Suva‘s most valued partners is Interaxon, the makers of the Muse Headband. At this year’s CES, Interaxon’s Chief Scientist Graeme Moffat and Co-Founder/CTO Chris Aimone gave a terrific talk about how the Muse is making a huge contribution to help push forward the frontiers of what we know about the human brain. We were delighted to have our app Aspire receive a shout-out from Graeme in his discussion of what the Muse is helping make possible. Check out the video below!

Making (Brain)Waves at the CES

Suva got the year off to a great start by sending our Chief Science Officer, Dr. Olav Krigolson, to represent us at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from January 8th to January 10th.

Olav gives a talk at the booth of our terrific partners (and fellow Canadians!) at Interaxon, the makers of the Muse Headband.

Not only did we officially unveil Aspire, our amazing new cognitive performance app for iOS, but Olav had a great time demonstrating our technology for the CES masses! Interested in finding out more about he Aspire launch? Check out our official press release!

Aspire: Power, Health, Energy

We’re really looking forward to getting our new app Aspire out there into the world. The world has never had an application that can directly and accurately assess how well a human brain is working at any given time. It can be difficult for people to understand how completely new technologies can benefit them, so we created this poster as one way of helping explain how Aspire could improve our lives!

EEG and Athletic Performance

Here at Suva, we’re not just a technology company. We’re also seriously involved in neuroscience research, and we always will be. We’re proud of Suva’s Anthony Pluta, who recently published his article “Chasing the zone: Reduced beta power predicts baseball batting performance” in Neuroscience Letters.

What can EEG teach us about athletic performance?

Anthony used our mobile EEG research technology to focus on what we might be able to learn about baseball batting performance by studying the component of EEG known as beta waves, which are the waves that occur between 12.5 and 30 Hz (that’s 12.5 to 30 cycles per second).

His research builds on previous studies that have suggested that more powerful beta waves are associated with increased motor errors. To put it another way, the more prominent your beta waves, the more likely your brain is to make mistakes when performing the complex physical maneuvers required of elite athletes.

Anthony’s research offers new support for this theory. He measured sixty-seven baseball players before they began their batting practice, and then tracked their performance in that practice. The players that showed lower beta power in the EEG test were the better performers at bat.

Warm congratulations to Anthony on his publication!

Suva in Space! (Sort of)

We don’t personally go to space, but we help!

Here at Suva we’re doing our part to make humanity’s future in space into a reality. The way we’re doing that is by contributing our technology to preparatory research that is being done for NASA’s planned manned mission to Mars – one of the most exciting steps forward for our species that we can imagine! Under our very own Olav Krigolson‘s guidance, we’re going to be putting a specialized version of our mobile EEG system into the Mars habitat, where it will help researchers learn more about what might happen to the brains of astronauts when we send them on an extended mission to the Red Planet.

Olav recently spoke about this exciting research as part of Exponential Tech Tuesday‘s Health in Space event. Check out the video below!

Excited About PEER!

Suva’s very first technology is an application designed for neuroscience researchers. PEER (it stands for Portable EEG ERP Researcher) is such an important step forward for neuroscientists because it makes it possible for researchers to work outside of a laboratory or hospital setting and measure what is going on with people’s brainwaves in absolutely any setting. Suva’s Dr. Olav Krigolson has already used mobile EEG tech to record brainwaves in some pretty extraordinary settings, such as remote Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas!

PEER uses the Muse Headband from Interaxon and can be used on either an iPad or iPhone

We’ve recently released version 1.0.1 of PEER, which includes fixes for a few issues that came up in our initial release. You can find the app on the Apple Store by clicking here! We’re looking forward to hearing all about how researchers around the world are using PEER to take neuroscience to all sorts of new places!