Frequently Asked Questions
Our first prototype is complete. Our brain-control software communicates with the headset under Mac OS X, Linux, Windows and Android. We have built and tested several Puzzlebox Pyramid base stations with helicopter control. A fully operational Brain-Computer Interface release of our software for mobile devices will be ready by December.Last updated:
We have selected the NeuroSky MindWave for use with this product. NeuroSky has been an excellent partner on past endeavors and we really enjoy working with their team. For the Pyramid version of Puzzlebox Orbit we require the original http://store.neurosky.com/products/mindwave-1, which includes a USB RF dongle to wirelessly community with the EEG headset. The mobile device version of Puzzlebox Orbit is designed for the http://store.neurosky.com/products/mindwave-mobile, the Bluetooth equivalent. Because we use an official MindWave headset, existing owners do not need to purchase a new headset and backers are free to explore NeuroSky's online http://store.neurosky.com/ for more brainwave-based games and applications.Last updated:
The source code of Linux/Mac/PC software and mobile apps will be published as soon as the project is funded. PCB schematics and layouts, firmware, and 3D model of the Pyramid will be sent to each backer when his/her reward is shipped. When all rewards have shipped their final designs will be considered complete and released freely.Last updated:
The Puzzlebox Pyramid is a completely custom hardware module designed for controlling Puzzlebox Orbit and compatible future devices. Our hardware engineer returned to China in early November to oversee manufacturing (see above). For the Orbit helicopter and mobile device's IR adapter we have researched and carefully selected multiple supply chains. The EEG headset is supplied by NeuroSky.Last updated:
Estimate flight time from the manufacturer is listed as "over 7 minutes"
We have confirmed this with one of our sample units by maintaining hover mode for over 9 minutes. Note that this time would decrease somewhat when flying forward as a separate propeller (visible at the top of the Puzzlebox Orbit) is powered during forward and backward motion.
Recharging is possible via included USB adapter and rated at 30 minutes.
Note that the IR dongle included for mobile device control includes its own internal battery so as to not require power from your phone or tablet. This is also recharged via the same USB cable as used with the helicopter. The IR dongle can still be used while it is charging. On a full charge the transmitter is rated for 2 hours of use (with a 90 minute recharge).Last updated:
UPDATE: We are pleased to announce international shipping options for the Puzzlebox Orbit. Arrangements were initially complicated by the Puzzlebox Orbit and Pyramid being manufactured on a different continent than the NeuroSky EEG headsets. Where we previously had a single large international shipment for all domestic orders, we now have one large shipment travelling the opposite direction followed by several additional international shipments to individual backers. This is reflected in the increased cost and delivery window for the worldwide reward tiers.Last updated:
The Puzzlebox Pyramid is for anyone who wants a self-contained system. It does not require a mobile device. All of the brainwave processing occurs on the internal micro-controller, is visualized using multi-colored LEDs, and the Pyramid sends flight commands via infrared. It is not necessary to download any additional software from (for example) Apple's App Store or Google Play. Everything required is already built into the Puzzlebox Pyramid. This may be desirable when gifting the system as a toy.
Additionally we are targeting hardware hackers and the DIY community. Having a programmable IR controller offers capabilities beyond flying the brain-controlled helicopter. For example, the Pyramid could have software loaded onto it so that it functions as a clock, using the colored LEDs to indicate time, with an alarm function set to turn on a television, change to a particular channel, and raise the volume. A developer may wish to add support for a different remote-controlled vehicle, such as a car or boat. One of our goals is to provide the information and learning material necessary to take on such a project, and hardware such as the Puzzlebox Pyramid makes this possible.Last updated:
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