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September Newsletter

Greetings OpenBCI community! We’re excited to kickstart September with some new developments for students and researchers alike.

Our low-cost OpenBCI EEG headband kit has already sold out. We’re happy to announce we’re bringing it back, new and improved with 9 channels instead of 4. Users can now sample at frontal, temporal, parietal, and occipital nodes. You ask, we listen!

The OFFICIAL GUI v3.4.0 has arrived.  Windows/Linux users can now use either the CSR Bluetooth Dongle or the BLED112 Dongle with the Ganglion Board. Mac users will find a laundry list of new features for all OpenBCI Boards. Check out the changes. The focus was on improved functionality, ease of navigation and set-up, and an optimized experience!

We work hard to provide a biosensing platform for everyone, whether an experienced BCI hacker, researcher, or EEG/EMG/ECG beginner, to visualize and analyze their brain waves and mental states! Follow us on Twitter to see the latest developments in the BCI community.

In this Newsletter:

  1. Upgraded Product in Store (EEG Headband Kit)
  2. Software Updates
  3. Community Member of the Month
  4. Join Us at the Open Hardware Summit (Sept. 27th at MIT)
  5. General Survey Link

1. Upgraded Product!

We’ve added a NEW AND IMPROVED EEG Headband to our online store, compatible with all OpenBCI Biosensing Boards! When paired with our Ganglion or Cyton, the OpenBCI EEG Headband is an all-included system for obtaining 4 or 8 channels of brain waves.

For users who already have an Ultracortex EEG Headset, you can separately purchase our NEW dry 5mm comb electrodes and add them to your headset to obtain the best readings from long-haired subjects.




Performance art at its brainiest!
Musician and EEG-enthusiast Yuma Yanagisawa plays the keyboard on-stage. The visual display is programmed to pulse and flash in sync with the performer’s brain waves.
Created with Unity and OpenBCI

2. Software Updates

We love to know what OpenBCI users think! Your feedback directly informs what we address in our GUI updates and bug fixes! Some features of the official GUI V3.4.0 are:

  • Functional scrollbar sub-widget for more control over data playback
  • Upped contrast of channel number buttons in the Time Series Widget for better readability
  • Added fourth stream to OSC mode
  • Optimized function of Ganglion-accelerometer widget
  • Further cleanup of error messages on system start
  • Save/Load your favorite GUI settings via dropdown menu or keyboard shortcut, independently of data mode (whether using Live-data, playback file, or SD-card)

Huge thanks to AJ and Richard. They made some incredible strides with this GUI update!

If you haven’t already, check out the tutorial videos for our most popular OpenBCI products.

To learn more, visit our Docs sections! And don’t forget to submit bugs/issues to our repos or email technical questions to [email protected]

3. Community Member of the Month




This month, we are giving a shout-out to a student project by McGill Enthusiasts for NeuroTechnology et al (MENTAL), a club whose mandate is to raise awareness and interest in neurotechnology. The team consists of an interdisciplinary group of dedicated undergraduate students from McGill University.

Why this team gets the OpenBCI cool badge?

The team harnessed the power of the P300 event-related potential (ERP), a waveform reflecting decision-making, as measured by the OpenBCI Cyton Biosensing Board. The identification of this neural marker of  a decision allows for communication that is solely based on neural activity.

The integration of neuroscience principles, linguistics research, and artificial intelligence classifier algorithms yields a low-cost, multifunctional, and accessible P300-based communication tool. User experience has been improved with options to communicate using text or emoji symbols as shortcuts.

See their research report for the science behind why this works!
For information on the set-up, signal processing, and classifiers, visit their beautiful Github!
Also, check out this great video explaining how they pulled it off.

The thing we love most about OpenBCI is our amazingly diverse and inspiring community of hackers, neuroscientists, makers, and more! To celebrate you, we feature our favorite community project in each newsletter. If you are interested in being featured or know someone who has a cool OpenBCI project that they might want to share, please email [email protected]!




4. Join Us at the 2018 Open Hardware Summit!

As you all know, we are huge believers in Open Source Hardware!

The 2018 Open Hardware Summit (OHS) will be held Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at MIT Stratton Student Center.

The Open Hardware Summit is the annual conference organized by the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA), a 501(c)(3) not for profit charity.  OHSWA aims to foster technological knowledge and encourage research that is accessible, collaborative and respects user freedom. Speakers include world renowned leaders from industry, academia, the arts, and the maker community. Talks cover a wide range of subjects such as electronics, mechanics, digital fabrication, fashion technology, self-quantification devices, and IP law.

We hope to see you there!


5. Community 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. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us!



OpenBCI Community Survey

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: [email protected].
Kind regards,
The OpenBCI Team



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