The Daisy Dragon Has Been Slain
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.
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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