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Welcome to the SXSW Hackathon

Mobile Toolsets



Thank you for trying our technology

Dear Hackathon Participant,

Thank you for taking part in this Hackathon. NeuroSky has long believed in making our technology accessible across a range of platforms. We’ve seen our technology used to create everything from telekinesis games to robotic cat ears. The biorhythmic data that is read by our sensors has been used for meditation monitors and clinical feedback training programs. Our technology has been hacked into art installations and microcontroller-driven experiences. Entertainment, wellness, and utility – there’s a whole range of possibilities.

So where do you begin? Well, we’ve created some basic programs for a number of platforms. There are way to integrate our headsets from both a hardware interface and software interface. And we’ve included some links to some articles demonstrating what other people have created. Please explore and let us know what we can do to improve.


Your Friends at NeuroSky


MindFlex Hack http://frontiernerds.com/brain-hack

One of the earliest hacks to be published, this set of instructions explained how to modify a MindFlex toy to output brainwave information through to an Arduino. This made sense when our earliest developer headsets cost $200.

Today, you can simply modify one of the RF boards on a MindWave or connect a MindWave Mobile to an Arduino board through a BlueSmirf.

Electrifying Results http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kofSYRB-vh4

Ostensibly, the next step after hacking into a MindFlex was to turn it into a torture device. Stay focused or get shocked.

Processing Visualizer http://eric-blue.com/2011/07/13/neurosky-brainwave-visualizer/

The Arduino uses the open source language Processing. Some of the work related to arduino development was extended into a PC version of the brainwave band visualization.

Brain Blinker - Make Magazine http://blog.makezine.com/2011/05/10/behind-the-brain-blinker/ Make Magazine published an article on hacking. The original article was not published online, but is available in issue 26.

MindBullets – Nerf Gun Hack http://hex-machina.com/hw/mindbullets Fire bullets… with your Mind! This clever hack enables you to modify one of the battery powered Nerf guns.

Research Study http://lifebyexperimentation.com/2011/04/experiment-setup-studydrugs/ One user started an experiment to monitor changes in his body and mood based upon daily drug consumption. Hacks do not have to be just hardware and software. This “body hack” takes a cue from the quantified self-movement and is largely research driven.

App Notes and Tutorials (by ThinkGear API) ThinkGear Connector (TGC) ThinkGear Connector is a socket server for both Windows and Mac. It allows you to take the stream of information from the headset (connected via Bluetooth or RF Dongle) and output it through a socket. This enables your application to read in the

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NeuroSky technologies enable the most insightful and easy-to-understand health and wellness biometrics for mobile solutions, wearable devices, and service providers. The company’s proprietary, market-leading biosensor technologies provide a foundation for analyzing biometric data in a way that’s never before been practical. NeuroSky-enabled solutions deliver unique insights into body and mind health and wellness that can motivate people to make better lifestyle choices.