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A customizable and fully open brain-computer interface platform that gives you access to high-quality brain wave data.
A customizable and fully open brain-computer interface platform that gives you access to high-quality brain wave data.
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Hello, old friends. We're back on Kickstarter!

Posted by Joel Murphy & Conor Russomanno (Creator)
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Hello old friends,

There's a lot to update you on!

First and foremost, we want to say a huge THANK YOU to you—the backers of our first campaign. As many of you may already know we are in the midst of our second Kickstarter campaign, so it's great to come back to this page and reconnect. You are the people who saw the potential of OpenBCI from the very beginning, and for that we are eternally grateful.

We've been very busy over the last two years. In that small amount of time, the Spiderclaw concept has evolved into a working, 3D-printable EEG headset; it is now known as the Ultracortex. There is a thorough Ultracortex how-to guide on our Github, and it is also purchasable from our online store.

We've showcased our the OpenBCI technology in hackathons and workshops across the globe, and we've grown into an amazing community of scientists, engineers, makers, and DIY biohackers.

And now, as our second Kickstarter enters it’s last week(!), we’re about to have some fun.

Here’s where we’re at:

  • This time around we reached our funding goal in just under two weeks (which means Ganglions and Ultracortex Mark IV’s are coming to life in 2016!)
First 3D-printed prototype of Ultracortex Mark IV with the Ganglion Prototype. Yeehaw!
First 3D-printed prototype of Ultracortex Mark IV with the Ganglion Prototype. Yeehaw!
  • To celebrate the last week of the campaign (or “5 Days of Brains”, as we’re calling it), starting Monday we’ll be making an update per day about campaign additions and other cool OpenBCI-related developments.

Thanks for your continued support and encouragement, and for being such an awesome part of the OpenBCI community.

All the best,

The OpenBCI Team

 "Dedicated to open-source innovation of human-computer interface technologies. What can we build together?"

The Daisy Dragon Has Been Slain

Posted by Joel Murphy & Conor Russomanno (Creator)
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Howdy OpenBCI community,

We have a progress update for you!

Firstly, we are very excited to announce that we successfully fixed all of the Daisy Modules and have verified that the 16-channel OpenBCI system works! The OpenBCI GUI has also been updated to work with the 16-channel system (32bit Board w/ Daisy Module). For more information on the “daisy fix,” please refer to our latest blog post, that Joel posted earlier today.

Apon (aka The Web Wolf) rocking out with the 16-channel OpenBCI setup!
Apon (aka The Web Wolf) rocking out with the 16-channel OpenBCI setup!

We are now shipping all products—8bit boards, 32bit boards, and 16-channel R&D kits. Many of you have already received your kits, and those of you who haven’t can expect your kit any day now. Our fulfillment center is working tirelessly to ship out as many orders as possible each day, and we’re working closely with them to make sure all the right stuff goes to the right people. Thank you very much for your patience throughout this process. It’s been quite the journey!

The latest version of the OpenBCI GUI is now up on our Github and downloads page. You can download the application as a standalone app for Mac, Windows, and Linux. Some have experienced issues running the OpenBCI GUI application with certain operating systems. We will work out this issue over the coming weeks, as we receive feedback from you. If you are encountering issues, please visit our forum and don’t hesitate to start a thread about the issue you’re encountering.

Below is a shot of the OpenBCI GUI running with the 16-channel setup (32bit Board & Daisy Module). Only 3 of the channels are active. Channel 2 is showing EMG/EEG from the front/right of the scalp (Fp2 from the 1020 system). Channel 8 is showing a clear alpha frequency—or brain wave—being produced at the back/right of the scalp (O2 from the 1020 system). And channel 11 is showing the user’s heart activity (EMG) by examining a potential difference across the chest of the subject. The settings of channel 11 were modified—the hardware gain setting was lowered and the channel was removed from the BIAS—so as not to interfere with the EEG acquisition of channels 2 and 8. The GUI allows for you to reprogram the registers of the OpenBCI board on the fly! In other words, your board is reprogrammable while you’re using it, with just the click of a few buttons on the CHAN SET tab of the EEG Data montage!

OpenBCI GUI in 16-channel mode
OpenBCI GUI in 16-channel mode

Now that the "Daisy Dragon" (as we called it) has been slain, we’ll be dedicating more of our resources to populating the getting started material on the docs page of our website. The content there currently is mainly placeholder text. Stay posted for new material to be added in the coming days. This section of our website is a perpetual work in progress. Additionally, if you’ve managed to get up and running without a helping hand, please feel free to help contribute tutorials or reference material to our docs interface. If you’re familiar with Github, the process is very simple. All you have to do is fork our docs repository, create a new markdown (.md) file following the existing naming protocol, add your content and steps, then send us a pull request. As soon as we merge your pull request, your tutorial will be added to the docs interface of our website. Hooray for open-source! Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with your ideas for content (contact@openbci.com).

In case you missed it, Conor recently wrote an article for Make Magazine titled OpenBCI: Rise of The Brain-Computer Interface. In the article Conor discusses the current state of DIY and commercial BCIs, and he highlights the amazing wave of software applications that will emerge in the coming year. With over 10,000 low-cost EEG hardware systems entering the world in the coming months—OpenBCI being just one of them—BCI applications will be popping up everywhere. The brain wave flood gates are about to open! Get ready. : )

In other news, Joel will be participating in an awesome panel at SXSW this coming March. The panel, titled DIY Brain Hacking: Electroceuticals & You, will also have Greg Gage of Backyard Brains, Eliza Strickland of IEEE Spectrum, and Brent Williams of KSU iTeach Center. If you’re planning on being at SXSW, definitely come check out Joel and the other amazing panelists discuss the future of DIY neuroscience!

That’s all for now. We look forward to what’s next!

All the best,

The OpenBCI Team

November 19th Update

Posted by Joel Murphy & Conor Russomanno (Creator)
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Dear OpenBCI backers and pre-order customers,

As expected, we are beginning to ship 32bit kits this week. Many 8bit kits went out last week and the 8bit kits that have not been shipped are continuing to go out this week.

Unfortunately, we discovered an issue with the daisy module in our verification process. The good news is, it’s fixable and we’re putting all of our available resources into making the fix this week. We sincerely apologize for the delay. We expect to have the issue resolved in the coming days and to begin shipping kits with the daisy module prior to Thanksgiving. For more information on the daisy issue that we have encountered, please refer to the following google doc.

OpenBCI 32bit Board w/ Daisy Module
OpenBCI 32bit Board w/ Daisy Module

Regarding OpenBCI software, the latest version of the GUI is up on our Github. It can be downloaded and run via Processing. Additionally, we will be uploading downloadable apps (for Windows, Mac, and Linux) in the coming days. The MAC OS X .app is already up. These apps can be downloaded from the Downloads page of our website, and will enable you to run the OpenBCI GUI as a standalone application, without having to install Processing and the required libraries. Currently, the GUI works with the 8bit and 32bit boards and can also be used with PLAYBACK files and synthetically generated data. As soon as we fix the daisy module, we will ensure that the GUI works with the 16-channel configuration of the hardware and update the downloadable applications accordingly.

Additionally, we recently created a new interface for our getting started materials and tutorials (docs.openbci.com). Currently we are migrating our previous getting started guides to this server, and we will continue to populate it with content over the coming weeks, as we have more time to put towards getting you up to speed with to use your OpenBCI! Feel free to fork our /docs github repository and add your own guides. Send us a pull request and your guides will be added to the docs page of our website!

If you have any questions about shipping or other matters, please contact us via contact@openbci.com. We’ll do our best to get back to you in a timely manner, but please forgive any delays in response. We are very busy working to resolve the issue with the daisy module and get new getting started material available for you to work with.

Once again, thank you for your patience. We know it’s been a long wait. We’re very close to exiting the fulfillment process and entering into a phase of teaching and support.

All the best,

The OpenBCI Team

Shipping begins Nov. 10th

Posted by Joel Murphy & Conor Russomanno (Creator)
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Hello OpenBCI Backers,

We are excited to announce that we will begin shipping next Monday, Nov. 10th!

All T-Shirts, patches, and rewards that include 8bit OpenBCI boards will begin shipping promptly on the morning of Nov. 10th, and we anticipate rewards with 32bit boards to begin shipping within the following week.

To save time in the overall process of preparing the hardware we split the flashing into two phases—the 8bit hardware and the 32bit hardware. We initiated the flashing process of the 8bit hardware first; thus, those boards will be ready to ship it first. We are now beginning the process of flashing the 32bit hardware, and expect to be done in the coming week. We’ll keep you informed on how the process of flashing the 32bit hardware unfolds, and let you know when it will officially begin shipping as soon as we can.

Flashing 32bit Boards!
Flashing 32bit Boards!

In midst of the craziness of kitting and fulfillment, we managed to sneak out to the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio for the Air Force’s first-ever Hackathon called LabHack. Other companies at the hackathon included: Plotly, MongoDB, Github, and Amazon.

Youngster brain hackers workin with OpenBCI at #AFLabHack @AFlabhack @davecaraway pic.twitter.com/ESBlZtH491
Youngster brain hackers workin with OpenBCI at #AFLabHack @AFlabhack @davecaraway pic.twitter.com/ESBlZtH491

While we were there we showed some curious high school students their brain activity with OpenBCI. In addition, we hacked the OpenBCI system to process up to 4 different people’s EEG at the same time. Then we demonstrated the ability of OpenBCI to have multiple people’s brain activity control a single robot! Chip (of EEG Hacker) was there with us leading the way, and he did an awesome writeup of the hack!

EEG Hacker: Multi-Person Robot Control
EEG Hacker: Multi-Person Robot Control

We’ll be in touch in the coming 1-2 weeks to confirm that everything is underway as expected.

Thanks again, for everything.

All the best,

The OpenBCI Team

Uploading Code & Verifying Hardware!

Posted by Joel Murphy & Conor Russomanno (Creator)
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Hello everybody,

Please pardon the delay since our last update. We’ve been super busy preparing to ship out all of the OpenBCI technology.

Late last week—after a brief hold-up in customs—we received our full production run from our hardware manufacturer. Now we are in the process of organizing units, bootloading and flashing firmware, and testing everything. The firmware uploading and verification process is taking longer than we expected, but we’re busting our buns to get it all done! Please continue to be patient as we get all of our ducks in a row, and start sending them your way. Believe us when we say we can’t wait to get the OpenBCI boards and other rewards out of our hands and into yours! We’re working as hard as we can to make that happen.

The great news!!! We have verified all of the OpenBCI hardware and everything is working as expected. Phew!

Stay posted for more updates in the coming weeks, as we draw closer to initiating the shipping process. If you haven’t updated your shipping address from the Kickstarter survey (more info about this is in our previous update), please do so ASAP!

In other news:

Sid seeing his own brain waves for the 1st time w/ OpenBCI at World Maker Faire NYC
Sid seeing his own brain waves for the 1st time w/ OpenBCI at World Maker Faire NYC
The OpenBCI boards have arrived!
The OpenBCI boards have arrived!
Greg testing some of the new OpenBCI boards on his own noggin.
Greg testing some of the new OpenBCI boards on his own noggin.
Rodrigo helping to organize the 32bit OpenBCI boards prior to flashing firmware.
Rodrigo helping to organize the 32bit OpenBCI boards prior to flashing firmware.

Once again, we really appreciate all of the support and patience.

All the best,

The OpenBCI Team