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January Newsletter


Happy New Year OpenBCI Community!

We hope you have had a wonderful holiday season! WE HAVE INITIATED PRE-ORDER AND KICKSTARTER FULFILLMENT! If you pre-ordered a Ganglion Board or a Mark IV you should receive the tracking information soon. You can check out the tutorials and the assembly guide on our learning page. You can also download the new GUI here. In addition, with this new year we also decided to give the 32bit board a more appropriate name. The 32Bit Board will now be known as the Cyton Board! More information below. In this newsletter:
  1. We’re Shipping!
  2. Cyton Boards & New Products!
  3. Community Member of the Month
  4. General Survey Link
  5. Mark IV Update
  6. Ganglion Update
  7. GUI V2

1. We’re Shipping!

We are very excited to announce that all Kickstarter and pre-order orders started shipping last Thursday. Everybody who is waiting for an Ultracortex Mark IV or Ganglion, should be receiving their gear in the next 1-2 weeks!

2. Cyton Boards & New Products!

With this new year we also decided to get new names for our 32Bit Board and Daisy. The 32Bit Board will now be named Cyton Board! According to the Segen’s Medical Dictionary, Cyton refers to the a neuron’s body, exclusive of the processes—axons, axon terminals, and dendrites departing therefrom. Because the cyton is basically where the information received by the dendrites arrives, and the board is where the information received by the electrodes is processes, we thought it would be a great name!

3. Community Member 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 Thinker, built by AJ from Push The World!

AJ, a current member of the OpenBCI team, has created his own headset using one of our custom boards. He has attached the board along with eight electrodes to a normal cap to sense changes in the user’s motor cortex. His software, Thinker, allows the user to build personal profiles of EEG data and train a system to real-time motor imagery control. Even with the Ultracortex Mark IV’s dry/passive electrodes! We think it works great. Why do you give it a shot and provide him with some feedback? Check out his most recent community post detailing the project development.

To learn more about his software check out his website To test his software with your own headset send an email to or signup at

4. 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!

5. Ganglion Update

All Ganglions are now being shipped! You can now view Ganglion documentation on the learning pages, including the design files, here. There’s a new Getting Started Guide for the Ganglion as well. Make sure to check out the Ganglion Node.js repo made by Push The World!


Ganglion and OpenBCI GUI V2 first recording

6. Mark IV Update

All Ultracortex Mark IV orders are now shipping! Also, we have finalized the Ultracortex Mark IV Print/Assembly Guide. You can now find it on our Learning Page!

7. OpenBCI GUI V2 Launch

The OpenBCI GUI V2 is now compatible with the Ganglion and has some major improvements from the previous version! You can download it here, or use it from the Processing IDE, by downloading or forking the source code from the Github repo.

Thank You!


From everyone at OpenBCI, we want to say thank you. Your support is making the open-source Neurorevolution possible. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out:

Happy 2017!

The OpenBCI Team

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