MindWave is developer (read: hacker) friendly mind control

Here’s a setup to control a servo motor with your mind. [Danny Bertner] made this project happen by interfacing a MindWave headset with an Arduino. You might wonder what’s the big deal about that since we’ve covered quite a few mind control hacks that work this way? So far, the majority of those hacks used the Mindflex toy (to be fair there were several using the Force Trainer as well), which depends on a chip made by the company that is responsible for the MindWave. Both the Mindflex and the Force Trainer were reverse engineered to access the stream of data coming in from the EEG sensors. But NeuroSky is embracing the urge to mess with their products by offering developer tools.

[Danny] took advantage of these resources, using the comany’s own guide to interfacing with an Arduino (PDF). The quick clip after the break shows his finished project, grabbing data from the USB dongle that comes with the headset, converting it to the necessary levels for the Arduino, then processing the signals for display on and LED bar graph.

We can’t help but chuckle about the warranty-voiding disclaimer at the top of the PDF guide.

Comments

  1. Ratty says:

    Interesting, shame they fall into the trap of charging the same price for their equipment in euros as dollars, just swapping the $ for a €.
    99 Euros = 144.2331 U.S. dollars says google.

  2. danbertner says:

    actually to note: if you mention you are a student at a university (assuming you really are, they asked for approval from your student email) you get 20% off. i payed 88 bucks, still steep but better.

  3. Haku says:

    @Ratty, I hear ya, it’s looks like a nice hacking toy but people in the US can get one for $109.95 shipped whilst if you’re in Europe it’ll cost over $180 shipped… screw that.

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