December Newsletter

 


Happy Holidays from OpenBCI!

In this month’s Newsletter:
  1. A Letter from Conor & Joel
  2. Last Chance to Pre-Order the Ganglion & Mark IV Before Prices Go Up!
  3. Pretty Packaging!
  4. Community Project of the Month
  5. OpenBCI Survey
  6. Ganglion Update
  7. Ultracortex Mark IV Update
  8. OpenBCI GUI V2 Launch
  9. Cheesy End of Year Slideshow GIF

1. Letter from Conor & Joel

Dear OpenBCI customers and community members,

We want to thank you for your incredible support and patience over the course of our latest Kickstarter project. As you know, it has taken longer than anticipated to complete, and for this we apologize. For those of you who were expecting to work with your Mark IV or Ganglion this past Fall, we are very sorry for the delay.

We want to assure you that your rewards and pre-orders are coming. We are so very close to shipping! We were really hoping to get fulfillment finished before the holidays, but it looks like fulfillment will continue into mid-January.

The current state of things:

  1. All Ultracortex Mark IV headset kits are kitted, boxed, and ready to ship. 4 pallets of pro-assembled headsets left the OpenBCI HQ yesterday and are on their way to our fulfillment center. The print-it-yourself kits and unassembled kits are already at our fulfillment center. We are now doing some last minute spreadsheet diligence to ensure that there are no order mixups. Additionally, since all Ultracortex Kickstarter rewards came with a Ganglion, we are waiting on the Ganglions before initiating Ultracortex shipping, so as not to ship twice.
  2. The Ganglion boards are currently mid-production. 500 Ganglions are already finished and at the OpenBCI HQ. We expect another 500 within the coming week, at which point we will have enough to fulfill all Kickstarter rewards and all pre-orders. We are now finalizing the Ganglion firmware and ensuring that it is communicating smoothly with the new OpenBCI GUI V2.
  3. The OpenBCI GUI V2 is nearly ready to go. All it needs is the finalized Ganglion hardware link. Otherwise, it’s looking really great! It’s much more responsive, has lots of new features, and—through a new widget structure—is designed to be much easier to contribute to and build on top of.

You will be happy to know that, if you pre-ordered or backed our Kickstarter, you received a substantial discount! Due to unforeseen manufacturing costs, the retail price of the Ganglion will be increased to $199.99 USD. That being said, the Ganglion will maintain it’s current retail price of $99.99, until January 13th—which is when we anticipate being finished with Kickstarter & pre-order fulfillment. At that point, the Ultracortex Mark IV prices will also be increased slightly. If you think you will be wanting additional equipment, we encourage you to take advantage of this massive pre-order discount from now until January 13th.

Once again, we are very sorry for the delay. Though it has taken longer than expected, we are optimistic that you will be more than satisfied with your new OpenBCI gear! As always, ensuring that we deliver you high-quality technology has been our number one priority.

Enjoy the holidays and have a fantastic transition into 2017. Look forward to an early 2017 biosensing upgrade!

Thank you for your support and belief in the OpenBCI mission.

Conor & Joel

 

2.  Last Chance to Pre-Order the Ganglion & Mark IV Before Prices Go Up!

Due to unforeseen production costs, we will be revising the prices for the Ganglion and the Mark IV. We will be increasing the prices in early January—when we anticipate being done with Kickstarter and pre-order fulfillment. The Ganglion will price will double to $199.99, and all Ultracortex Mark IV kit costs will be increased slightly. So now is the time to get a great discount by ordering through our online store!

Pre-Order Now!

3. Pretty Packaging!

We will be shipping all Ultracortex Mark IVs and all Ganglions in our brand new OpenBCI boxes. Now you have a new way to show everyone that you are part of our amazing community!

4. Community Project of the Month

The thing we love most about OpenBCI is our amazingly diverse and inspiring community of hackers, neuroscientists, makers, and more! To celebrate you we have decided to feature one or two community projects here and in all future newsletters. If you are interested in being featured or know someone who has a cool OpenBCI project, please fill out this interest form.

This month we want to share the Teslapathic project, built by Abenezer Mamo, Casey Spencer, Lorenzo Caoile, and Vivek Vinodh for CalHacks!

This team of developers was able to use machine learning algorithms to allow a Tesla to be controlled by brainwaves received through an OpenBCI board. Below is a video demo of Teslapathic. You can read more about the project here. Awesome work, Team Teslapathic!

 

Mind Controlled Tesla at CalHacks - Teslapathic

5. OpenBCI Survey

We hope that your experience with OpenBCI has been awesome! We are constantly trying to improve the OpenBCI platform. For this reason, we ask that you give us 5 minutes of your time, and complete our latest survey.

OpenBCI Community Survey

Your feedback is extremely valuable to us! Your answers will be anonymous and will help shape the future of OpenBCI!

6. Ganglion Update

We have the first 500 Ganglion boards at the OpenBCI HQ! We are now finalizing the firmware and waiting for the rest of our production run from Worthington Manufacturing. We now anticipate having shipped all kickstarter rewards and pre-orders by January 13th, 2017. We will be shipping the first batch of Ganglions to our fulfillment center today!

 

Ganglion and OpenBCI GUI V2 first recording

The latest version of the firmware is up on our Github repository! You can check the Ganglion Library code and the SD code.

7. Mark IV Update

All Ultracortex Mark IV headset kits are kitted, boxed, and ready to ship. 4 pallets of pro-assembled headsets left the OpenBCI HQ yesterday and are on their way to our fulfillment center. The print-it-yourself kits and unassembled kits are already at our fulfillment center. We are now doing some last minute spreadsheet diligence to ensure that there are no order mixups. Additionally, since all Ultracortex rewards come with a Ganglion, we are waiting on the Ganglions before initiating Ultracortex shipping, so as not to ship twice. We now anticipate having shipped all Ultracortex kickstarter rewards and pre-orders by January 13th, 2017.

8. OpenBCI GUI V2 Launch

We have made quite a bit of progress on the next version of the OpenBCI GUI (ie V2). The screenshot below is the latest version of the GUI V2 visualizing Ganglion Data recorded from Conor’s head. We are working tirelessly to add as many new features as possible before launching it with the release of the Mark IV and Ganglion. Ganglion integration is almost complete! To track the progress, check out the issues section of the OpenBCI GUI V2 repo on Github. If you have suggestions or feedback based on your experiences with the existing GUI, please share them with us in the issues section! Also, if you want to beta the current prototype of the GUI, head to the development branch on Github, download/fork it, and give it a whirl! It works with the 32bit Board and 16-channel R&D Kit. We would love your feedback.

 

 

The OpenBCI GUI V2 Showing Ganglion Data!

9. Cheesy End of Year Slideshow GIF

Of course, we cannot say goodbye to 2016 without a cheesy slide show of our favorite OpenBCI moments of the year!

Thank You!

 

From everyone at OpenBCI, we want to say thank you. Your support is making the open-source Neurorevolution possible. We look forward to getting the latest OpenBCI technology into your hands. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out: contact@openbci.com.

Happy Holidays!

The OpenBCI Team

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