When you say “I think…” wouldn’t it be interesting to see what’s happening in your brain before you even think of saying “I think…”? When you listen to a song, would you like to see the data of your neural behavior while you’re listening?
Currently, Electroencephalography (EEG) and fMRI equipment that report our neural data are reserved for large-scale medical facilities. But the Open BCI team hope to make brain data available to the common technology user.
The open source brain-computer Interface is currently in its third version and in the final hours of its Kickstarter campaign.
The product is designed to accelerate brain science research and innovation, but at the level of the everyday geek.
The system takes advantage of collaborative hardware and software development like the Arduino microcontroller for responsive and evolving technology.
The openness of the hardware and software side of things is relevant in the intellectual side of the project, too. The Open BCI team believes that a community of research contributors will be better for the future of neuroscience than corporations and institutional scientists.
Brain-computer interfaces are already common in the healthcare world. EEGs are used to diagnose seizures and monitor epileptic behavior. But these uses are restricted to institutional health and wellness.
Portable versions of brain-computer interfaces like Open BCI can record and summarize brain activity in everyday situations.
In its third version, Open BCI is programmable with Bluetooth LE technology, it includes space for SD Card storage and a 3D printable headset is available, too.
Even in their institutionalized uses, brain-computer interfaces give us tremendous data about neural behavior. What would we know if they were available for everyday use? What would the average individual be able to say about his or her neurology if Open BCI were ubiquitous? Would there be any secrets about human behavior ever again?
Photo Credit: Open BCI
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