Saturday, January 18, 2014

Control Your Computer With Your Brain via Open Source

InfoWorld (01/13/14) 

The team behind the OpenBCI project hopes to release the third iteration of the OpenBCI board sometime around April 2014. Joel Murphy and Conor Russomanno, a Brooklyn, NY--based designer and engineer, respectively, are working on prototypical technology that will enable people to control computers with their brains. The latest version includes Bluetooth LE connectivity and other improvements. As part of the OpenBCI project, they are developing an affordable electroencephalography (EEG)-reading headset device that would provide access to high-quality, raw EEG data with minimal power consumption, without the use of blackbox algorithms or proprietary hardware designs. The open source software used to drive the board will be available with interfaces for multiple languages and several existing open source EEG signal-processing applications. Other key parts of the project include the OpenBCI controller, which uses the Texas Instruments ADS1299 Analog Front End IC, while the headgear, which is worn by the user, is open design and can be configured on a per-user basis.