About this project
THANK YOU & CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU!
Our mission to empower individuals to understand their own brain and accelerate brain research globally was set into motion with the launch of this Kickstarter campaign for Emotiv Insight. Over the course of this campaign, you joined our community and pledged to change how people think about their brain and how we could use brainwear to improve how we live, work, and play.
With your support, you have helped us create the ultimate Brainwear™! Every Emotiv Insight will be made with a 6-axis inertial sensor and a 3-axis magnetometer. The Insight Extender will also include a microSD card reader. And, for the research crowd, we will also include an isolated TTL opto-coupled external event marker input channel to the Insight Extender.
Thanks to you, we are making the Emotiv Insight a reality! Thank you again for being such an awesome community!
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single thought
The human brain, our most advanced organ, is an intricate and complex network of connections. Largely enigmatic, it’s our own personal machine that can extract patterns from overwhelming amounts of data. At Emotiv, we are pushing the frontier of gaining insights into the brain. Join us on this journey to unleash the power of the human mind.
What is the Emotiv Insight?
Emotiv Insight is a sleek, 5 channel, wireless headset that reads your brainwaves and a mobile app that translates those signals into meaningful data everyone can understand.
We’ve leveraged our knowledge and experience to create the next generation Brainwear™ that tracks and monitors your brain activity and gives you insight into how your brain is changing in real time. Emotiv Insight allows you to optimize your brain fitness & performance, measure and monitor your own or your family’s cognitive health & wellbeing, and develop amazing new applications.
The Emotiv Insight offers an inexpensive, uncomplicated way to regularly measure brain performance and is completely safe for children, adults of all ages, and those with medical conditions.
Based on community feedback, we recently added the Emotiv Insight in a new Stealth color option and additional reward tiers to give Kickstarter backers the chance to get your hands on these first, before general release. A huge thanks to our incredible design team, 4Design, for the outstanding job in creating these photorealistic renders of what this Stealth version might look like, and for working around the clock to make this possible. What color will you choose?
Here's how it works
Our brains are made up of a hundred billion nerve cells called neurons. When neurons interact through a chemical reaction, they naturally emit a measurable, electrical impulse. Electroencephalography or EEG is the process of observing brainwaves through these pulses.
Emotiv Insight measures your brainwaves and translates it into meaningful data to help you make the most of your cognitive performance. The Brainwear can measure, track and help you improve your Attention, Focus, Engagement, Interest, Excitement, Affinity, Relaxation and reduce Stress levels.
With the free mobile app (Android/iOS) available with the Emotiv Insight, you'll get a much better idea of your daily productivity profile. When you're paying attention, the time of day and how long you can pay attention for, your interest levels, your bursts of focus. How well you can relax, your stress levels.
Research has shown that when you are made aware of all of these indicators, people are better informed and empowered to make decisions to optimize and improve their cognitive fitness and performance.
In addition, the brainwear can understand and decipher basic mental commands. It can detect commands such as push, pull, levitate, rotate and even commands that are harder to visualize such as disappear. It also detects facial expressions such as blinks, winks, frown, surprise, clench and smile.
The team behind it
We are pioneers in this field. We are the inventors of the revolutionary, international award winning technology: the Emotiv EPOC brainwear (winner of Red Dot Design Award, AutoVision Innovations Award, Australian International Design Awards, Australian Engineering Excellence Awards) currently used by developers and researchers in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Applications for the existing Emotiv brainwear technology span an amazing variety of industries, from gaming to interactive television, everyday computer interactions, hands-free control system, smart adaptive environments, art, accessibility design, market research, psychology, medicine, robotics, automotive, transport safety, defense and security.
But that was just the beginning.
What we're developing
We've listened to, engaged with and learned from our community; and for the past year, we embarked on an ambitious goal, to design a new headset from the ground up. It's sleeker, faster and smarter in an elegant, lighter and more user-friendly design.
Emotiv Insight is the only brainwear on the market to offer 5 EEG sensors and 2 reference sensors, which provides useful coverage of key sites around the cerebral cortex: frontal cortex (executive functions), parieto-temporal (auditory, spatial/co-ordination), and occipital (visual). This spatial resolution is crucial to getting EEG data that will allow you to receive more in depth information on your brain activity.
The Emotiv Insight uses a special polymer biosensor system that offers great electrical conductivity of the brain signals, but does not require any conductive gel or saline solution. So there's no preparation whatsoever. Yes, we said it, DRY SENSORS!
Compatible with Android, iOS, OSX, Linux and Windows Platforms.
Optional Accessory: Emotiv Insight Extender
We are thrilled to announce that we’re building what we think will be a great companion product for your Emotiv Insight: an external rechargeable battery pack, available in your choice of either "Stealth" Black or Classic White colour options.
The external rechargeable battery pack offers more than 12 additional hours of use in mobile mode or can be powered continuously when plugged into your PC USB port.
- Pocket clip or lanyard device, plugs directly into your Emotiv Insight utility socket
- Five Red/Orange/Green Contact Quality LEDs - monitor your signal quality without a connection
- Charge and USB connection LEDs
- Mobile mode: Provides more than 12 hours of extended operation Top-up of Emotiv Insight internal battery while operating from the Extender power pack
- Tethered mode: Powered directly from your PC USB port. Electrical isolation permits headset operation while connected to your PC. (For safety reasons the standard Emotiv Insight charge cable disables headset operation when connected in case your PC has an electrical fault) Mains-isolated data pass-through to your PC USB port - hard wired connection replaces the Bluetooth LE wireless connection
- Recharge mode: Battery pack can be plugged into your PC or a standard phone charger for offline charging.
We’ve added new reward tiers so that you can reserve the Insight Extender with your Emotiv Insight immediately!
An SDK for Developers and Researchers
We wouldn’t have made it this far without our community of early adopters, developers, and researchers.
We’re offering a platform for you to conduct research and/or develop applications for the Emotiv Insight brainwear. This includes the necessary drivers, a fully specified API for application development and analysis tools for EEG research applications.
Plus, 6-axis inertial sensor
Thanks to all our backers, we made our one million stretch goal. All Emotiv Insights will now come standard with a 6-axis inertial sensor (roll, pitch, yaw, vertical, lateral, longitudinal acceleration) at no additional cost.
- 3 axis gyroscope (roll, pitch, yaw) 250/500 degrees per second full scale range per axis - low resolution (8 bit) and high resolution (12 bit) modes via API call
- 3-axis accelerometer (vertical, lateral, longitudinal acceleration) 2g/8g full scale range - low resolution (8 bit) and high resolution (12 bit) modes via API call
Emotiv Insight’s API and SDK for developers and researchers will also include gyro, mouse, and full head motion detection system linked to control outputs for application development.
Incorporation of these additional features to the Emotiv Insight now enables applications such as:
- Short term full-space head tracking – plot the head trajectory and attitude through complex movements
- Camera and motion control for navigation and control in real and virtual environments – full control of 3D cursor in CAD package, flight simulators, head mounted mouse, remote controlled vehicles
- Automatic recognition of gestures - nod YES, head shake NO, shrug and other gestures
- Recognize, monitor, record and replay exercise, activity
- Possible extraction of respiration and heart rate using small scale periodic motion.
- Gait and tremor analysis
How others have used our technology
Across the globe, this technology has already been applied to a diverse range of application areas by people from all walks of life. From enabling a 6 year old child to create designs with their imagination to helping teachers and students in a classroom observe and understand learning, behaviour and social interaction. From creating music with the power of your mind to driving a car with a simple thought. From controlling a robot to aiding in the physical and mental rehabilitation of people who have experienced a life changing event. We are opening up a whole new world of possibilities.
We need your help
Over the past 12 months, we've come a long way already in the development of the Emotiv Insight brainwear. The electronic, mechanical and industrial designs are far along. Our prototype is up and running.
With your help, we can:
- Convert our prototype to production-ready models and get all the regulatory approvals (CE, UL, FCC to ship our products worldwide)
- Deliver developer and research kits (for early developers & researchers so we can have even more applications on day one)
- Refine our manufacturing process and place our first production orders
- Fund the development of the SDK & APIs across Android, iOS, OSX, Linux and Windows platforms
- Fund some initial application development
Together, we can open up new possibilities
Our goal is to make this amazing brainwear technology available to everyone, everywhere and inspire others to use our tools to make great things for the good of humanity. The future is in our brains. With a little insight, we can begin to unlock the mysteries of the human mind.
By supporting Emotiv Insight, you will become an important part of building revolutionary technology and be among the first to gain insight into your brain.
Risks and challenges
We are innovators & pioneers of this technology and have a track record of successfully delivering products to consumers worldwide. Our team has produced and tested prototypes of the EMOTIV INSIGHT neuroheadset and we have started designing the mobile application. We have been working with our manufacturing partners to mitigate the risks in volume production of these devices and are well positioned to execute our delivery plan. We have provided the Kickstarter community with a conservative estimate of when delivery of the neuroheadset can be expected.
Nevertheless, unforeseen challenges may present themselves as we seek certification approvals and finalize manufacturing capacity. We are committed to keeping you informed of our progress in the months following the campaign. In the event that unexpected issues arise in the delivery schedule, we will do our utmost to minimize the impact on our early supporters and dedicate ourselves to providing you with a great experience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The Emotiv Insight is not just a brain computer interface, we've spent a lot time building new detections and software that provides feedback to allow users to optimize their cognitive performance. We are moving into the wearable devices space with this product but instead of tracking the number of steps you've taken, it tracks your cognitive performance.
At launch, consumers can download a free mobile app (Android/iOS) that measures, tracks and helps them improve their Attention, Focus, Engagement, Interest, Excitement, Affinity, Relaxation and reduce Stress levels.
You will get a much better idea of your productivity profile. When you're paying attention, the time of day and how long you can sustain your attention, your interest levels, your bursts of focus. How well you can relax, your stress levels. How attracted you are to new or old experiences. How well you relate to others and how you react to new situations. Emotiv Insight offers you the tools you need to monitor your performance across a range of different situations and to optimize the way you go about your work and play. Discover if classical music sharpens your performance, distracts you from your work or sends you to sleep. Learn how to approach business meetings to enhance your productivity. Set the thermostat so your creative juices can flow freely. Pick the best time of day for exercising, working, meditating or chilling out.
Research has shown that when you are made aware of all of these indicators, people are better informed and empowered to make decisions to optimize and improve their cognitive fitness and performance. Recent studies of brain plasticity and epigenetics provide strong evidence that you can rewire your brain and even overcome genetic predispositions by the activities you undertake and the way you respond to new experiences. Neurofeedback – a fancy name for modifying your behaviour to achieve desirable goals in your ability to perform well and respond more positively to your environment – is becoming well established as a way to improve your learning, improve concentration and develop your potential more effectively. Emotiv Insight will provide reports, graphs, hints and suggestions allowing you to decide which factors most influence your performance in your chosen activities.
We'll also work with Developers and Researchers to help them release additional applications that support the headset.
Emotiv Insight is designed to collect data during most activities. It is likely there will be motion artefacts in the data, however we have developed several methods to remove the artefacts and continue to observe brain data during most perturbations. Worst case we can slice out short sections of data if they are just too noisy - usually this results in less than a tenth of a second of missing data per event.
The rear headband of Emotiv Insight is designed to fit snugly under the rear bulge of your head (note there are three sizes of headband: small, medium, large, to permit the best possible fit for all users). The headset itself sits above the left ear, and the sensors wrap around without passing directly around the rear of the head. It should be possible to lay back and continue to acquire data. The system may become dislodged if you lie directly on the headset or if you toss and turn.
The Emotiv Insight has Bluetooth 4 support which means the product will be readily supported by any platform which includes BT4.0LE, without the need for external hardware. Non-BT4.0LE devices with USB support will be able to use a simple off-the-shelf receiver.
How long does the battery last? How do I recharge my device? Is there any way to extend battery life for the device?
The Emotiv Insight will last a minimum of four hours on a full battery charge. Recharging will take anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours depending on your charge source (some PCs have a limit on the current that can be drawn from a USB port).
Emotiv Insight will be supplied with a USB charge cable so you can recharge directly from your laptop or from any USB charger. Note that the headset will not be able to operate while plugged into this kind of power source. We can’t predict whether your power source is electrically safe (there may be a power supply fault in your device which allows the electrical mains to connect directly to your head) so we can’t allow normal operation during direct charging.
You can extend the battery life for the device with the Emotiv Insight Extender.
The Insight Extender Pack is a comprehensive accessory which adds several functions to the Emotiv Insight. While maintaining a small package size the system packs a higher capacity battery (1900mAh), a 2500V isolated power supply and 2500V isolated USB connection, a local microprocessor, and Contact Quality display system.
The Insight Extender has to deal with a lot of different use cases.
1. Offline charging mode: Insight Extender is simply plugged into a USB power source and its internal battery is charged. In this mode the local microprocessor has to negotiate with the USB host to provide as much current as possible, then limit its charging current to the agreed amount so as not to damage the host. This requires significant battery management options including programmable charge current limiting.
2. Offline Dual charge mode: Insight Extender is plugged into a USB power source and also into a dormant Emotiv Insight. Extender negotiates with the USB host for maximum current and also manages the charging process for both Insight and the Extender batteries.
3. Online pass-through mode: Insight Extender is plugged into a PC USB port and also into the working Emotiv Insight. In this mode, the Bluetooth connection is disabled and data is sent to the PC directly over the USB link. Direct connection between a device with electrical skin contact and a (possibly) mains powered external device can only be safely accomplished if there is at least 2500V isolation between all pins on the mains powered device and the head-mounted unit. This includes the 5V USB power supply and all of the data pins. The Insight Extender uses a switched-mode power supply through a 2500V-isolating transformer to regenerate a safe 5V power source for the Insight headset, and also a 2500V isolating transformer on each USB pin. In addition to this function, the Insight Extender needs to negotiate the maximum available current from the host in order to charge both the Extender and Insight batteries while in use.
4. Online powered mode: The Insight Extender is plugged into a power pack and the headset is able to operate continuously using the normal Bluetooth 4.0 LE connection to your mobile device or PC. In this mode the system can safely be worn while in use.
5. Mobile mode: Insight Extender is not plugged into any external power source, but the Extender battery powers the Emotiv Insight headset. This mode simply extends the usable life between recharges, Insight operates normally through the Bluetooth 4.0 LE connection to your mobile device or PC.
We are frequently asked why we can’t simply run the Insight while charging directly from the USB port. The reason is that there is no way to know if the power source is intrinsically safe. Emotiv Insight basically consists of seven electrical contacts directly attached to the user’s head, powered from the internal battery inside the main pod. If we want to be able to run the headset safely while connected to mains powered equipment, we would have to build in a high degree of isolation into the Insight input circuits. This is not practical for two reasons. The first is that the added components add a significant expense and complexity to the headset. We decided it was not fair to force everyone to pay for a facility that only some users need – the increased price would also be a disincentive to new purchasers. The second reason is the weight and size of the isolation components and the necessary board and component clearances to avoid spark-overs. The size and weight of the Insight would have been greater, making it a lot less sleek and top heavy (most of the extra components are transformers which are not exactly tiny!
Because of these considerations we decided the best course of action was to disable Insight operation while connected to an unknown charge source, and move the expense and weight of the isolation systems to an external device which could clip on the pocket. It was a no-brainer (sorry, pun intended) to add the battery and other capabilities to the Insight Extender pack.
The Emotiv Insight has not been designed to be watertight, but it will definitely resist low levels of water ingress under normal circumstances. Due to the nature of EEG recording it is not possible to record EEG signals when the head is wet. The moisture forms an electrical bridge between the sensors and only an average electrical signal is obtained.
Yes, you’ll be able to upgrade your Emotiv Insight to add either a Developer or Research Edition SDK when you’re ready to build your own applications and conduct your research.
You can also upgrade from a Developer to a Research Edition SDK at a later date.
Yes! The Research Edition SDK gives access to the raw EEG data.
The data measured by the Emotiv Insight is oversampled at 2048Hz/channel and this is filtered heavily to remove all traces of environmental electromagnetic interference and then down sampled to 128Hz. The specified frequency response range of the Emotiv Insight requires a minimum sampling frequency of around 90Hz, we achieve very high signal fidelity with a data rate of 128Hz while maintaining adequate battery life.
Is the international shipping cost a maximum (it will be cheaper to send to some countries than others) or a set cost?
We are keeping it simple for Kickstarter backers. There will be no additional cost to ship to backers in the US. For non-US backers, please add a flat fee of $30 to ship anywhere in the world.
Thank you for your early support! Early Bird Backers can choose the Emotiv Insight in the colour of their choice.
We will be sending out a survey, prior to shipping, asking you to confirm your colour choice of either Stealth Black or Classic White.
Thank you for your early support! As an Early Bird Backer, you can simply manage your pledge and add $100 for the Emotiv Insight Extender. Please do not change your reward selection.
We will be sending out an email to confirm your order prior to shipping.
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