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Open-Source Gear For Making Mind-Controlled Gadgets 32

the_newsbeagle writes If you've been hankering to control a robotic battle spider with your mind but haven't known how to begin, you're in luck. A startup called OpenBCI is now selling an Arduino-compatible board that any reasonably competent DIYer can use to build a brain-computer interface. The board takes in data from up to 8 EEG scalp electrodes, and hackers are already using it to pull of some good tricks. There's the guy with the battle spiders, and there's a group in L.A. building a paint-by-brain system for a paralyzed graffiti artist.
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Open-Source Gear For Making Mind-Controlled Gadgets

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    "There's the guy with the battle spiders, and there's a group in L.A. building a paint-by-brain system for a paralyzed graffiti artist."

    We'd prefer a system that's able to paralyze graffiti 'artists'.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      fuck oth

      hope that cunt got paralyzed while graffiti'ng something

    • Be a shame of paralysis cuts short a vandalism career. If the "artist" got permission first before painting the wall then it's not graffiti anymore.

    • by flyneye ( 84093 )

      I had been thinking along the lines of an open source program to mind control turret mounted automatic weapons and lock on missles for that less tense commute back to the house. It's far safer to keep both hands on the wheel.

  • by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Monday August 11, 2014 @02:49PM (#47649647) Homepage

    I for one welcome our new mind-controlled battle-spider overlords.

  • I clicked the link hoping to see a video of "the guy with the battle spiders" but was disappointed. Why would you advertise robot spider mind control and not put up a video? Now I have sad face :(
  • Where is the source? The Github repo says "This repository contains the core OpenBCI hardware and software frameworks," but there's no schematics, no board layout, nothing.

    The $500 price tag seems absolutely absurd for what is essentially an already-made $30 ADC and it's breakout board.

  • Mind control is good and all, but brain control is where the real power is. ....
    And I release you!

  • This would go really well with a wearable computer and a HUD.
    If I could get one of these and a set of Meta Space Glasses I'd have one more really awesome project that I never got around to working on.

  • This one looks like it's more complete (includes headset)... plus, it seems to be cheaper.
    Not sure about how "open" it is, though. []

  • Unless these are not the droids you are looking for.
  • Am I the only one who read this as Mind-Control(ling)? And here I thought I could make a Arduino version of the Chum Bucket Mind Control Helmet and capture me a girlfriend...oh, well...

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