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Puzzlebox Orbit is an educational toy that combines a brain-controlled helicopter with open hardware, software, and teaching material
Puzzlebox Orbit is an educational toy that combines a brain-controlled helicopter with open hardware, software, and teaching material
434 backers pledged $74,799 to help bring this project to life.

Press Coverage, Hacking Guides, and a Live Demonstration

We're over the halfway mark and the first Puzzlebox Orbits begin shipping in two weeks!

Welcome to all of our newest backers and please keep sending us your questions and ideas.

These past days at Puzzlebox we have witnessed an overwhelming response to our campaign from all across the globe. Word is beginning to spread not only about flying spheres and mind control, but about hackable toys and Open ideals. We're highly appreciative of all of the positive feedback we've received from individuals and of course from the media as well. Here's half a dozen examples of coverage which has dug a little deeper into our story or particularly widened our exposure (in alphabetical order):

Following last week's guide on controlling the Puzzlebox Orbit via a programmable Arduino we have started several new chapters which both document our progress and will serve as lessons on individual skills and techniques for custom modifications. For example, the following video builds on the circuit from the previous chapter and covers using our Open Source Android software to read from an EEG headset to issue flight commands (YouTube annotations should be enabled):

As each guide is completed we will publish and share links in future updates.

Finally, for those of you local to San Francisco, you can catch us presenting live at SF New Tech on December 5th. We will be discussing Puzzlebox the company, our experience holding this Kickstarter, and of course demonstrating the Puzzlebox Orbit. Event details available here:


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    1. Puzzlebox Creator on November 27, 2012

      Hello Ron, thanks for writing.

      The NeuroSky MindWave EEG headset we are using for this project does in fact supply the original raw EEG signal at a 512 hz resolution. Our Open Source software "Puzzlebox Synapse" already decodes the data stream for online or offline processing (via export to CSV). It should be pretty straight-forward to develop an algorithm such as you are describing. Feel free to message us directly via for more details.



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      Ron Jorgenson on November 26, 2012

      Is there a possibility of allowing the headset to be programmed to pick up various wave combinations which would be set to respond to particular sites in the brain. ie increasing Beta while decreasing Theta and Hi Beta or Increasing Alpha and decreasing Beta activity; or increasing coherence between sites. I realize there are generic attention and relaxation indicators however its use could/would be enhanced in the Neurofeedback field as clinicians could program into the unit. Another example of cross over applications that has no doubt already been thought of.