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OpenBCI Newsletter — Back to School 2015

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Greetings OpenBCI Brainiacs,

We hope you had a fantastic summer. We’ve been quite busy and want to update you!

3D-printed EEG & Back-to-School Discounts!

We are very excited to announce the launch of the OpenBCI Ultracortex 3D-printed EEG Headset. We are now selling the 3rd version (aka Mark 3) as a kit from our store ($499.99). There are only 10 units available, so don’t dilly-dally if you want to be one of the first to work with the Ultracortex. If you don’t have the money, try printing one yourself! All of the 3D files and an assembly guide are on our Github!

We want to give a big thank you to 3D Systems and the amazing designer, Aaron Trocola (aka Threeform), for their generous support and hard work in the development of the Ultracortex!


Additionally, from now through Oct. 1 there is a 10%  back-to-school discount on all products in our online store; the discount code (applied at checkout) is: LearnOpenBCI


Starting Oct. 1, we will be raising the prices of most of our products. The price increases will be as follows:

Act fast and get a 10% discount before the price of OpenBCI goes up!

Shoutout Time!

We want to give massive shout outs to CloudBrain, NeuroTechX, NeuroBB, and Neuromore who all either launched or made big strides this summer:

  • CloudBrain is an open-source platform for wearable data analytics that is compatible with OpenBCI
  • NeuroTechX is an international neurotech network with local chapter popping up around the globe. If you’re interested in joining the NeuroTechX community, register for the open Slack here.
  • NeuroBB is a well-organized EEG, BCI, and neurofeedback discussion forum where you can exchange ideas with a helpful community of fellow neuro-enthusiasts and researchers.
  • Neuromore Software Studio makes it simple to capture and use bio-data in real-time for rapid innovation, insights and experiences. Neuromore is now compatible with OpenBCI.

Summer Recap

We had a really exciting summer! The Neurogaming hackathon and conference in early May were a blast. There were many fantastic presentations, including a great keynote talk about the future of cognitive enhancement by Adam Gazzaley of UCSF. OpenBCI’s Conor Russomanno represented the brain tech industry on the Future of Augmented Reality Panel.


After that we ventured up to Montreal to hang out with our friends from Wearhacks and NeuroTechMTL. There were simultaneous neurotech hackathons going on in Montreal (NeuroTechMTL) and Amsterdam (Waag Society), and we managed to create a real-time transatlantic biodata demonstration, that allowed one person to control another person’s arm with their own muscle signals from across the Atlantic. Check out this awesome write-up by our friends at NeuroTechMTL.


Early in the summer, we spent some time mapping muscle signals (EMG)—recorded through the OpenBCI—to the open-source, 3D-printable InMoov robot hand (3D files / assembly instructions). The source code for the OpenBCI + InMoov project can be found on Github.

In July, at the National Maker Faire, Dale Dougherty interviewed Conor about the Ultracortex. Check out the interview below:

We were really honored to have Amy Lee Robinson,the director of EyeWire, swing by the OpenBCI HQ. EyeWire is an amazing initiative—a crowd-sourced game to the 3D-map the brain. While at the shop, Amy tried on one of the early prototypes of the Ultracortex while holding a 3D-printed OpenBionics hand!

IMG_6371We’re also very excited to announce that OpenBCI is now compatible with Neuromore, OpenVIBE, and CloudBrain. Check out the readme and docs on how to get started using OpenBCI with these software platforms:

Joel joined forces with Adam Goyer and Ashley Stewart of Neuromore at PennApps XII in Philly, bringing a heavy dose of neurotech to the hackathon for university and high school students.

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OpenBCI was highlighted in the recent issue of Scientific American The article, titled Why Neuroscience Needs Hackers, was written by doctoral candidate, Daniel Goodwin, of Ed Boyden’s Synthetic Neurobiology Lab at MIT. Thank you for the kind words, Dan. And great article!


Last weekend, we ventured down to Philadelphia as sponsors of the Open Hardware Summit (OHS2015). Tom Igoe of NYU’s ITP and Arduino gave a fantastic talk on the value of open standards in hardware and beyond.


Come Hang Out!

If you’re going to be in the NYC area this coming weekend, come find us at the NYC Media Lab’s Annual Summit (Friday, Sept. 25th, 1pm-5pm), as well as, World Maker Faire (Sat/Sun, Sept. 26-27). Conor will be presenting on OpenBCI and the Ultracortex at both events.

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Join The Community

Lastly, don’t forget to join the OpenBCI Community. The community page is a place where you can share your work and learn from others. Knowledge-sharing is core to the OpenBCI mission. Share your OpenBCI research or projects and earn Electric Karma points for bragging rights within the community!

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If you have questions or feedback about anything, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected].

Kind Regards,

The OpenBCI Team


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