Freeside Braniacs - Fun with Neuroscience and Brain-Computer Interfaces

We haven't had a meeting in a while, but several of us who are interested in this stuff and are also Freeside members have been working on the next phase of this Meetup - We're building an open biometrics lab to keep at Freeside and build experiments and projects with.

The main components that we're currently working on implementing are:

• Neurosky EEG to Arduino interface.

• Neurosky to Raspberry Pi interface.

• Biometrics array research (skin galvanometers, EMGs, eye trackers, and other advanced interfaces)

• Analysis and archival libraries (Python mostly, for now)

• OpenVibe research and exploration

We hope to use this toolkit to build amazing projects and conduct research. We've already had one successful gaze tracking study and Randall has his ongoing sleep study. But we'd like to do LED lighting using EEGs or make a mind-controlled Tesla Coil. It would be cool to pair EEGs with other different interfaces, so we can do gaze tracking and infer levels of concentration, focus, and surprise from EEG data. Or we could use two EEGs and study different kinds or interaction or competition. Mental tug-of-war, anyone?!

We can do basically any project like this if we can finish the different interfaces needed to do analysis and hardware control with these devices.

If you'd like to pitch in on the effort and/or add an interface that you'd like to incorporate (Google Glass, Android, DMX controller, etc...) then this Meetup is for you. These meetings will lean a little closer to a work day until we start finishing pieces of the lab. It'll still be a lot of fun and folks that help to build it will have first access to start building AMAZING projects. We're pretty excited!

You can join our Google group here.

Directions to the space for first-timers are here -

See you there!

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  • Steven S.

    The gate code is 7518#

    August 3, 2014

  • Kate M.

    I wish I could go but I an buddy this time and I guess I am a bit intimidated like Andy..unsure how much I could contribue as my experience with arduino is limited to one workshop I did. Will there be a meet up for us basic folks sometime add an intro? :)

    August 2, 2014

    • Kate M.

      Thanks for that, Karen. That sounds super interesting and I have seen a series of"drawings" in Paris that utilized an eye tracker to make pursuits. Well, if nothing else, I would love to watch and learn soon. :)

      August 2, 2014

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      August 2, 2014

  • Jan-willem De B.

    Sorry guys, I'm flying back from PA that afternoon. Won't be back in GA until 21:00.

    August 2, 2014

  • Andy M.

    I'm interested--but I think my skill level might be too low to contribute much.

    July 14, 2014

    • Steven S.

      No worries there! This is not a super-serious or highly structured Meetup. We have some big and complicated ongoing projects, but we don't take ourselves too seriously.

      2 · July 14, 2014

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