LumosTech Inc, a Stanford University-based startup company developing a programmable mask that uses light therapy during sleep to adjust a person to a new time zone, been selected to receive a National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) grant.
LumosTech is developing a smart sleep mask that emits pulses of light while the user sleeps, adjusting the user’s sleep cycle. “Both astronauts and ground crew are often required to perform mission critical tasks at times that are at odds with their normal sleep/wake cycle. This mask will enable them to shift their normal cycle to ensure that they are alert when needed,” says Vanessa Burns, CEO of LumosTech, in a release. This technology could also benefit international business travelers that must rapidly transition into different time zones. By using this sleep mask, travelers may be able to lessen the effects of jet lag and preserve their ability to perform.
Funding is provided through the Space Medical and Related Technologies Commercialization Assistance Program (SMARTCAP), administered by NSBRI’s Industry Forum. SMARTCAP offers grants that help small companies broaden the reach of their products, open new market opportunities, and simultaneously address the significant challenges faced by humans living and working in space.