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Riding The Brain-Wave with NeuroSky's BCI and Intro to Google Drive & its SDK

* Special announcement: Bring your business card and attend this event in person to get a chance to win a headset (MindWave Mobiles) from NeuroSky. East Bay GTUG thanks NeuroSky for providing the MindWave Mobiles headset(s). Must be present to win.


There is a slightly change in speaker for May, Ryan Boyd's session OAuth 2.0 will occur in our June meeting (next week). Ali Afshar will present Google Drive and Google Drive SDK in May.


East Bay GTUG invites you to the first meeting into our third year. Tansy Brook and Johnny Liu will give us a first look the NeuroSky's Brain-Computer Interface technology that can be controlled by an Android device (newly announced at Games Developers Conference (GDC) 2012), and we welcome Ali Afshar, for an introduction to the newly announced Google Drive & the Google Drive SDK.


May and June meetings are very close to each other, due to the availability of the meeting rooms. East Bay GTUG appreciates the support from the city of Dublin, California. The location is about 1 mile away from the West Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station, and is next to the Dublin library (open 10am-6pm on Tuesday). You may find plenty of free parking space between the library and the city hall.


Please check for the details and RSVP for the June 4th event "Getting Started with OAuth 2.0":

and check event details and RSVP for the second industry Innovation session "Troposphere, Stratosphere, Mesosphere, Thermosphere: Smartphones in SPACE!(Q2II)" on June 18th 2012 event:



6:00pm Check in, networking

6:15pm Introduction to Google Drive & the Google Drive SDK (Ali Afshar)
7:15pm break

7:30pm Riding The Brain-Wave: How NeuroSky's Brain-Computer Interface Changes the Way You Experience Your Brain (Tansy Brook and Johnny Liu, Neurosky)

8:30pm Raffles, clean up and networking


Sessions' Description:

Introduction to Google Drive & the Google Drive SDK (Ali Afshar)
Google Drive is  a place where people can create, share, collaborate and keep all of their stuff. Drive is a natural step in the evolution of Google Docs and is designed to work seamlessly with other Google applications like Google+, Docs and Gmail. With the Drive SDK you can build apps that work seamlessly with Drive too. Come learn about what's new with Drive & how you can take advantage of the new SDK to build & distribute apps that work with Drive. 


Riding The Brain-Wave: How NeuroSky's Brain-Computer Interface Changes the Way You Experience Your Brain (Tansy Brook and Johnny Liu, Neurosky)

Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Technology promises to revolutionize traditional gaming, by enhancing interactivity, increasing the mental benefits of gameplay, allowing machines to adapt to the players’ mental states, and using insight into the brain for personal evolution.

NeuroSky is the leader in mass market BCI technology. Their ThinkGear technology has been an award winning and financial success in the toy industry and is being leveraged by top universities like Stanford, taking neuroscience out of the lab and into the hands of the public. Now, NeuroSky is turning its sites on the mobile market. The new MindWave Mobile headset uses Bluetooth to connect to Android mobile devices (as well as PC/MAC/iOS).

NeuroSky works with partners ranging from independent developers to fortune 500 companies. Brainwave technology introduces opportunities to revolutionize most existing industries and also create new markets. Opportunities for applications include: Mental tracking, stress relief, meditation, mental fitness, content stimulus and brain response, quantified self, awareness, cognitive load, telecommuting, efficiency, etc.

Come learn more about this amazing technology, how to make money with it an change the way we know our brains.


Speakers' BIOs:

Ali Afshar is a Developer Programs Engineer at Google, working on Google Drive. As an eternal open source advocate, he contributes to a number of open source applications, and is the author of the PIDA Python IDE. Once an intensive care physician, he has a special interest in all aspects of technology for healthcare. Ali' specialties: Google Apps APIs.


Tansy Brook is the Technology Evangelist for NeruoSky, the leader in consumer brain-computer interface (BCI) technology. She works with reporters, universities and developers to facilitate discussions about the potential for BCI. Tansy is a tech addict, brand specialist, producer, and organizational psychology buff. A native of Boulder, Colorado she moved to the Bay Area to be around others who are passionate about technology and believe in its potential to change the world for the better. She has spent the last several years helping Silicon Valley companies bolster their revenue through business strategy, business development, communications, and public relations efforts—in areas ranging from automotive to high tech consumer products. She has consulted and managed several creative projects involving corporate identity, web development, original photography, and industrial video. Prior to her current endeavors, she has been an entertainment producer for independent television, a research consultant in education, and a grant writer. In her free time, Tansy is the Marketing Chair for the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Colorado with a BA in Branding and Social Marketing.


Johnny Liu is the Head of Developer Program for NeruoSky. As a member of NeuroSky's founding team, Johnny Liu has been instrumental in NeuroSky's management, engineering, and business development for the last 7 years. His projects, from early headset prototypes to Developer API's, have helped define today's consumer Brain-Computer Interface. As the Head of NeuroSky's Developer Program, Johnny directs developer relations, eCommerce, and application development. He is excited about working with other creative minds, especially in the mobile space with NeuroSky's new mobile technologies. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and he loves video games, running, and cooking.


About NeuroSky:

NeuroSky has developed a revolutionary non-invasive neural communication sensor that converts brainwaves and other bio-signals into digital electronic signals. This "ThinkGear" technology can control electronic devices,  enable machines to adapt to people, and further enhance education and research on creative applications powered by the brain. NeuroSky has forged successful partnerships ranging from Fortune 500 companies to to innovative independent developers. Furthermore, NeuroSky leverages collaboration with a number of top domestic and international academic institutions to move technology out of the labs and into the marketplace.

NeuroSky, Inc. is the leader in Brain-Computer Interface technologies for consumer product application. Founded in 2004 and headquartered in San Jose, CA, NeuroSky works with industry partners, developers, and with academic and research institutions, to provide innovative products and solutions across a wide range of areas. NeuroSky currently distributes the NeuroSky MindSet to USA, EU, Japan, China and Korea.

Grounded in over 60 years of medical research, NeuroSky’s technology has taken proven medical EEG (electroencephalograph) technology, and evolved it for application to the mass market by making it more user-friendly and cost-effective. Technological innovations include significant advancements in electrical noise reduction, dry-sensor development (rather than requiring a wet conductive gel), substantial “cost engineering” (reducing the price), and enabling the wearer to use it outside of a lab (without the assistance of a doctor).


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  • idfubar (Rishi Ugersain C.

    Slides for the NeuroSky presentation can be found at '';.

    September 13, 2012

  • idfubar (Rishi Ugersain C.

    Slides for the Google Drive presentation can be found at '';

    June 27, 2012

  • Kevin B.

    I'm not a developer so it wasn't really my area, but still interesting.

    May 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice meeting place, plenty, easy parking, well organized.

    May 30, 2012

  • Jason M.

    Very interesting technology, however, the code sections was very ... fluffy.

    May 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great presenters at Meetup, both the Google and NeuroSky. Really sparked my interest on use of the Brain Wave headset and the different apps that NeuroSky was able to show. There is a lot of potential with the use of the NeuroSky platform for expanding and improving human potential; I will research some more.

    May 30, 2012

  • Rao V.

    I was very skeptical at the beginning, but it turned out to be an interesting presentation. They need a killer application.

    May 30, 2012

  • lawrence

    May 29, 2012

  • C L

    Dear Y Chang:

    I will keep you updated.

    May 29, 2012

  • Y C.

    Can't make it but keep me updates

    May 29, 2012

  • C L

    Dear Rao:

    I am sorry to inform you that we did not secure a sponsor for food/drink for tonight. Please bring something to eat. We are looking forward to see you tonight!

    May 29, 2012

  • Rao V.

    You schedule these meetings right at dinner time. Is there going to be any coffee or drinks? Or can we grab something and bring it with us?

    May 29, 2012

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