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OpenBCI April Newsletter — New Gear, Discounts, & More!

Technology Updates

Over the last few months we’ve been grinding away on R&D related to our recent Kickstarter campaign, Biosensing for Everybody! We’re making great progress and we’d like to show you! In collaboration w/ Aaron Trocola (aka Threeform), we’ve come a long way on the Ultracortex Mark IV. We also now have a functional, programmable tXCS Shield prototype, capable of more than just tDCS!


We’d also love your input. If you are waiting for the Ultracortex Mark IV, are a previous Ultracortex owner, or even if you have experience working with other EEG systems, please take the time to fill out our Ultracortex Mark IV Survey. The responses from this survey will directly influence the final design decision for the Mark IV.


Also, we’ve been testing out the new Ganglion Board. We just published a new dataset of Joel’s brain waves! The file is on our github here. The 4 channels are setup in order Fp1, Fp2, O1, O2. There is 1 minute of eyes closed, and 1 minute of eyes open. We used two jaw grits to signal start/stop of each minute. If you’re interested, please feel free to check it out, crunch some numbers, and let us know what you think!

New Products & Limited-Time Offers

We are very excited to announce that the Ultracortex Mark III is now back in stock! And, it has a fresh new look. In prototyping for the Mark IV, we made some simple (yet significant) improvements to the Mark III. Head to our online store to check out the Ultracortex Mark III “Nova” and the “Supernova”—designed for maximum comfort and 16-channel capability. Additionally, we are now selling a “Pro-Assembled” version of the headsets. If you don’t want to do any assembly, we’ll build it for you!



In the spirit of Spring, through the rest of April, we have a 10% discount on all OpenBCI products! Use the discount code—SPRING_SALE—at checkout and you’ll get 10% off of any of our products.


Please also note, that for all of our pre-order products—the Ganglion, Ultracortex Mark IV, and tXCS Shield—prices will be going up at the start of May, after we finish finalizing our production budgets. Early birds get the cheapest worms, so take advantage of the Spring sale discount and low prices while you can!

New Partnerships & Event Recaps

Early this Spring, we teamed up with Push The World and together we have been working hard to overhaul and improve all the firmware for the OpenBCI 32bit board! Don’t stress, we have meticulously ensured that this firmware is 100% backward compatible with the existing V3 firmware. So far we introduced error checking and correction between the board and USB dongle and we are considering many other features here! We have also made it easier than ever to add your own custom code to the hardware by moving all the low level code into a library; so you can focus on working with the raw data and not worry about messing up code that makes everything run. If you have any feature requests or issues with the current firmware, please add it here.



In the process of sorting out manufacturing for the much-awaited Ultracortex Mark IV, we paid our friends at Aleph Objects a visit. It was really amazing to see the birthplace of the LulzBot TAZ 5 printers! We can’t thank Aleph Objects enough for the amazing support they have provided us in the development of the Ultracortex headsets. Also, we are now proud resellers of the LulzBot TAZ 5 printer.


In late February, Joel attended the Augmented Human Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. To our pleasant surprise, some of the presenters shared a paper comparing various BCI hardware systems, and OpenBCI did very well (to say it humbly)!

paper joel


Around the same time, Conor led an OpenBCI Workshop and gave an Ultracortex-controlled presentation (titled “DIY Cyborgia”) at the Body Hacking Conference in Austin, Texas. Our friends from NeuroTechX were there as well, and they wrote up a fantastic event recap on NeuroTechNews!

We are very excited to announce that OpenBCI recently became Industry Advisory Board members of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE), led by Rajesh Rao at the University of Washington. CSNE is half way through their 10-year, NSF-funded pursuit to create an implantable bi-directional brain-computer interface (BBCI). OpenBCI was present at CSNE’s recent Industry Partner day at University of Washington, where Conor demoed OpenBCI to Dr. Rao and CSNE PhD students.


Also, have you seen the latest EEG Kickstarter project? The Aware. They are the world’s first custom-fit headphone with brain & biometric sensing. They are currently crushing it on Kickstarter, having raised $60,000 in their first week! They are proud users of the OpenBCI boards, and we are proud supporters of their project. Please back them and help them meet their goal!



Upcoming Events

OpenBCI HQ Futurism Live Facebook Stream • April, 29 @ 11am • Brooklyn, NY
Lastly, Futurism will be doing a Facebook live video stream from the OpenBCI HQ next Friday (4/29) at 11am EST. Tune in to Futurism’s Facebook page to get an inside look at the OpenBCI Lab and all of our recent developments!


XTech 2016 • 5/17-5/18 • San Francisco, CA
OpenBCI is sponsoring Experiential Technology & NeuroGaming Conference and Expo (in SF) for a 3rd year in a row and will be there with a booth! We’ll also be bringing tons of hardware to the corresponding hackathon the weekend before (5/14-5/15) at Pivotal Labs. Use the discount code “OpenBCI” to get a $100 discount on the conference pass!


Bay Area Maker Faire • 5/20-5/22 • San Francisco, CA
Conor will be bouncing around Bay Area Maker Faire (5/20-5/22). Look for him wearing his Ultracortex. : )


BCI Meeting 2016 • 5/30-6/3 • Pacific Grove, CA
OpenBCI is a proud sponsor of the BCI Meeting 2016, hosted by the BCI Society. It will run from May 30 – June 3, 2016 at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. Joel & Conor will both be attending, and they hope to see you there.


Neurotech NYC • 6/8 (New York, NY)
OpenBCI is excited to be supporting the first annual Neurotech NYC conference, which is bringing together numerous experts in the field of neurotechnology from MIT, NASA, DARPA, and more. OpenBCI will be on the speaking agenda for the day-long event hosted at the New York Academy of Sciences. Use the discount code “OBCI20” to get a 20% discount off of the conference attendance fee!


The Meditating Break • July 10-15 2016 • Eastover Estate & Resort • Lenox, MA
The Meditating Brain Retreat is an integration of customizable meditation practices, current topics in the field of neuroscience such as neuroplasticity and neurofeedback, and instruction on using the OpenBCI wireless EEG headset to observe your own brain signals and utilize them to explore your state of being. Steven Leonard and Andrew Heusser co-lead the program and have years of experience in their respective professions of meditation and cognitive neuroscience. Join us July 10-15, 2016 at Eastover Estates in Lenox, MA.  Follow this link to register! Email us if you have any questions!


As always, if you have questions or feedback for us, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected]. Thank you for supporting OpenBCI. We couldn’t do it without you.

All the best,

The OpenBCI Team



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