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Stanford-developed sleep mask claims to cure jet lag

A startup founded by Stanford researchers wants to use one second of light while you’re sleeping to cure your jet lag. A sleep mask developed by LumosTech emits the light while the user sleeps, which developers claim make people feel tired three hours earlier or later per use, making it easier for travelers to adjust to a new sleep schedule.

LumosTech CEO Vanessa Burns. (ALINA ABIDI/The Stanford Daily)

LumosTech CEO Vanessa Burns. (ALINA ABIDI/The Stanford Daily)

The team adapted the technology from Jamie Zietzer, Stanford researcher, who studies the connection between sleep and light. Through millisecond pulses of light, the masks stimulate light sensitive nerves to affect users’ circadian rhythms without waking them. Though a few other companies utilize light to treat jet lag, this is the only one that works while you’re sleeping.

“It doesn’t preclude you from getting the seven to nine hours of sleep you’re supposed to get, but we can shift when that seven to nine hours happen,” said Vanessa Burns, LumosTech CEO and Ph.D. candidate at the School of Medicine.

According to Burns, travelers naturally recover from jet lag one hour per day, and LumosTech hopes to cut that time into a third. While a stay in London, which is eight hours ahead of California could take a week to adjust to naturally, the mask claims to cure that jet lag in a few days.

LumosTech Chief Marketing Officer Biquan Luo. (ALINA ABIDI/The Stanford Daily)

LumosTech Chief Marketing Officer Biquan Luo. (ALINA ABIDI/The Stanford Daily)

The team, comprised of four women, met in an entrepreneurship seminar at the University’s Innovation Farm, where they had to create a business plan based on a technology. For the project, they decided to focus on Zeitzer’s sleep research, who currently serves as a scientific advisor for the company. His work especially appealed to Biquan Luo, Stanford Research Fellow and Chief Marketing Officer of LumosTech — she often flew to China and was well aware of the effects of jet lag.

Currently, LumosTech is beta testing locals who travel by using 15 mostly handmade prototypes. After they get more feedback, they’ll move into production.

Zeitzer’s original technology shifted sleep cycles about 45 minutes, one-fourth of the three hours it boasts now. He and the four scientists will try to further increase that number and to further cure jet lag, one second at a time.


Contact Alina Abidi at alinafabidi ‘at’ gmail.com.

Startup Call9 offers immediate medical attention

Call9, a telemedicine service that acts as an alternative to calling 911, recently brought its product out of its beta test phase and into the market. The startup team members—two of them Stanford alumni—created a service for businesses such as hotels and nursing homes, providing immediate medical attention at the click of a button. Read more >>

SUPost.com suffers temporary outage

SUPost.com, an online classifieds site used by the Stanford community, suffered an outage for a period on Tuesday and Wednesday. The page, found to be unresponsive as late as Wednesday afternoon, but was later available late evening.

SUPost, a widely-used student hub for selling used books and other items, was created by Greg Wientjes ’04 M.S. ’06 Ph.D. ’10 several years ago, and has long been a integral part of the Stanford experience. SUPost.com was restricted to members of the greater Stanford community, requiring Stanford University email aliases to post classifieds on the site.

SUPost.com as of March 20, 2015. Courtesy The Wayback Machine, Archive of The Internet.

SUPost.com as of March 20, 2015. Courtesy The Wayback Machine, Archive of The Internet.

In the interim, users intent on reaching the SUPost.com landing page can access it via The Wayback Machine, courtesy of The Internet Archive.

The Daily has reached out to Wientjes for comment.

This post will be updated.

Do-Hyoung Park contributed to this story.

Contact Nitish Kulkarni at nitishk2 ‘at’ stanford.edu

Stanford grad founds popular Polarr photo app


(Courtesy of Borui Wang) The Polarr Team (left to right): Grace Lee, Borui Wang, Karissa Paddie, Derek Yan. Not pictured: Enhao Gong.

Polarr CEO Borui Wang ’14 created the app as a way to make professional photo editing tools available to everyone. Inspired by his passion for photography and his desire to have a product where people could draw out the beautiful images they only see in their minds, he decided to create Polarr — an app that received 250,000 downloads in its first 48 hours according to an article in Business Insider.


Air Conditioning on Campus: Where to stay cool

Summer weather is finally upon us. If you’re not done with finals yet, then the fountains aren’t an option to cool off. The Daily is putting together a list of place on campus that are well air-conditioned so that you can study in peace for your last few finals.

Check out our map below for all the places on campus where you can beat the heat. Got more places? Tell us in the comments!


3D Printing and Raspberry Pi: Why Stanford students should take notice of Microsoft again

Conventional criticism aside, there’s a lot of reasons why Stanford should be taking the “New Microsoft” (as they call it) in a different light. The company has long been trying to shed its image of archaism and lethargy, and this time around, it seems like they’ve finally figured out how to shake it off.

There was a time when what Microsoft did had little bearing on the lives of students at Stanford, especially engineers and computer scientists. That’s no longer the case. The new Microsoft ecosystem, highly based on interoperability and incorporating open-source technologies for the first time, is something that students should take note of. Read more >>

Throwback: ‘Stanford’s next big Internet start-up?’

The Stanford Daily has always been cautious about startups and their trajectories. Back in 1999, The Daily had the chance to speak to Sergey Brin MS ’95 Ph.D. ’98 and Larry Page M.S. ’98, about their (new at the time) venture Google. At the time, Google featured a Stanford-specific search feature. Anthony Chiu ’02, Contributing Writer at The Daily at the time, asserted that “[w]hile the future is not certain for the company that proclaims itself as “Stanford’s next big Internet startup,” Google has a good chance of success because of its flexibility.”

From the archives, 22 January 1999. The Stanford Daily, Volume 214, Issue 64.


Stanford students ditch the small screen at BASES Demo Day

The BASES Challenge Finale took place in the Arrillaga Alumni Center on the afternoon of Friday, May 8. The rows of tri-fold poster boards at the event’s Public Showcase might remind a viewer of a high school science fair, but the presenters here were pitching innovative business and socially-oriented product concepts. The event’s mass-attendance spoke to the continued strong interest in innovation on this campus. A more novel insight, however, can be gleaned from examining the types of companies presenting. Read more >>