The founder of the old Meta created a startup in the field of neural interfaces Inner Cosmos 16

The founder of the old Meta created a startup in the field of neural interfaces Inner Cosmos

The Inner Cosmos team wants to fight depression with the help of electrical brain stimulation

Meron Gribetz, founder and former CEO of Meta, which was Meta before it was fashionable, spoke about the development of his new startup Inner Cosmos. The project is developing a brain-computer interface based on electrodes that do not need to be implanted deep into the skull. And in this case, not a person will drive a machine, but a machine by a man.

The Inner Cosmos team wants to fight depression with the help of electrical brain stimulation. Typically, such procedures require invasive surgery, the integration of electrodes into the brain. The interface from the company Gribets can be placed in the upper part of the bone tissue.

Tiny pulses of electricity should normalize connections between neurons and improve people’s mood. An implant the size of two folded coins will initially interact with the area of ​​cognitive control (it is believed that the prefrontal cortex is responsible for this) and, later, with other parts of the brain. The patient will have to activate the system once a day for approximately 15 minutes by placing a second device, a magnetic power pack, over the implant area. The implant will then send impulses to the brain, and the system will measure neuronal activity to determine the correct intensity of stimulation.

Gribets, a seasoned tech entrepreneur, previously led the Meta augmented reality glasses project, which went bankrupt and sold assets after a Chinese fund floundered amid escalating U.S.-China relations. Inner Cosmos has the backing of some respected medical experts: co-founders are neurosurgeon Eric Leuthardt and primatologist Dan Moran, both from Washington University in St. Louis.

The company has already raised $10.25 million in a Lool Ventures-led round with seed investors KittyHawk Ventures and Loup Funds. According to Gribets, the current estimate of the project is $46 million.

Gribets expects to begin human trials at the end of 2022. There is no talk of any connection with prereality yet.

Meanwhile, the ideological successor of the old Meta – Campfire – continues to work on glasses.