Open source your brain (waves) [Crowdfunding] - Technical.ly Brooklyn

Dec. 13, 2013 12:26 pm

Open source your brain (waves) [Crowdfunding]

Parsons School of Design community members have built an open source brain-computer interface.

Concept rendering from the OpenBCI webpage.

You can soon make your own devices that respond to your brain waves, or that of other people. So, for example, did you know that higher level thinking tends to generate Gamma waves? So imagine this: you and your rival at work could both link up at the next big brainstorming session and really find out who’s smarter. Who generated more Gamma waves? You or that guy?

Will you win? Find out with Open BCI.

Support its new campaign on Kickstarter.

Created by a Parsons student and his professor, the team has a little over $11,000 of it’s $100,000 goal committed, with 42 days to go. The first 30 backers at $269 or more will get their own OpenBCI EEG signal capture system.

It’s an open source EEG sensor, that also senses heart beat and muscle movements as well. Every single aspect of it is open, from the hardware to the algorithms and the data. It works with other openly available EEG interpreting programs.

In case this isn’t totally clear: this is the beginning of brain-computer interface, available in your own home.

You could rig it up so that when you are really focused, really pumping out those beta and gamma waves, a red light would appear above your office door and your family would know that that’s really not the moment to interrupt you. Think of it.

Check out more in the video below. Plus they have a load of details on their Kickstarter page:

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