Arduino based biofeedback unit

[Michael Gerstenmayer] has been very successful in developing a biofeedback system. He’s based the build around an Arduino and started adding different chunks to the project to develop a full-featured unit. It can take your temperature (with an IR sensor…. not the hard way), measure your galvanic skin response (conductance), and produce feedback based on this data. Interestingly enough, he built a peripheral vision feedback system based on the glasses frames seen above. They have an LED on each side which are illuminated based on the sensor data.

By using the Arduino’s USB connection the data can also be processed by a PC. [Michael] spent some time working with an open source program called BrainBay to gather and map the stream from the sensors.

We enjoyed reading about the build, but there’s no information about what he’s got planned for this project. That shouldn’t stop you from setting up your own rig and using it as a lie detector, or for the devilish purposes we’ve seen in the past.

Comments

  1. TensorFlux says:

    This is quite similar to a very well documented project that Pumping Station: One built for the Great Global Hackerspace Challenge:
    http://wiki.pumpingstationone.org/index.php/Biosensor_Array

  2. Vanessa says:

    Nice work! :) Michael could play with it like we have, getting people to interact on a biometric level…. a little bit of critical design, forcing people to own up to their emotions and biometric responses in social situations. :) http://geekphysical.com/biometrics_fdc.html

  3. Matt says:

    Oooh, good to see people utilizing BrainBay! Only thing it’s missing is EEG, then you could try and gauge level of attention/relaxation.

    Vanessa, I love the idea of that kind of feedback. I just recently launched a kickstarter project at http://kck.st/lQp25n to develop a wireless multi-channel EEG that could definitely be used for “critical design.”

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