Sapien LLC was formed in the spring of 2014 by founders Joel Moritz Jr, and Dr. John Williams.
Sapien sponsors and collaborates on neuroscience, prosthetic, and veterinary research at Colorado State University. We are interested in developing and using technology to enable and enhance people. We have developed a number of research tools and software packages that are currently used in university studies involving humans and animals. We work with researchers and entrepreneurs to move this technology from the laboratory to the marketplace.
We have a team of mechanical, electrical, and biomedical engineers, and we collaborate with local developers for our web related projects.
Our team has published manuscripts in neuroscience and assistive technology journals. We have over 25 years combined experience in industry.
Non reparative solutions to damaged or impaired sensory systems have proven highly
effective in many applications but are generally underutilized. For auditory disorders, traditional
reparative solutions such as hearing aids and implant technology are limited in their ability to
treat neurological causes of hearing loss. A method to provide auditory information to a user via
the lingual nerve is proposed.
Malfunctioning sensory systems can severely impact quality of life and repair is not always possible. One solution, called sensory substitution, is to use another sensory system to bring lost information to the brain. This approach often involves the use of bioengineered devices that electrically stimulate somatosensory fibers. Interestingly, the tongue is an ideal location for electrotactile stimulation due to its dense innervation, moisture, and protected environment. Success with transmitting visual and vestibular information through the tongue indicates promise for future applications. However, sensitivity and discrimination ability varies between individuals and across the tongue surface complicating efforts to produce reliable and consistent sensations.
Sensory substitution – or the practice of mapping information from one sensory modality to
another – has been shown to be a viable technique for non-invasive sensory replacement and
augmentation. With the rise in popularity, ubiquity, and capability of mobile devices and wearable
electronics, sensory substitution research has seen a resurgence in recent years. Due to the standard
features of mobile/wearable electronics such as Bluetooth, multicore processing, and audio recording,
these devices can be used to drive sensory substitution systems
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