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Open-Source Gear For Making Mind-Controlled Gadgets

samzenpus posted about 2 months ago | from the free-your-mind dept.

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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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Wrong system (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47649549)

"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'.

Re:Wrong system (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47649599)

fuck oth

hope that cunt got paralyzed while graffiti'ng something

Re:Wrong system (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47650317)

For every house you don't tag,

I'm tagging a whole neighborhood. :) fuck yourself.

Re:Wrong system (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | about 2 months ago | (#47650143)

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.

Re:Wrong system (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47652143)

It's so inspiring that someone is inventing a gadget to let gang bangers paralyzed in gangland shootings be able to deface buildings again.

captcha: deface

Re:Wrong system (1)

flyneye (84093) | about 2 months ago | (#47652513)

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.

Re:Wrong system (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47652897)

and by graffiti artists u mean black people right

Attention Muslim Apologists (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47649615)

http://ninetymilesfromtyranny.blogspot.com/2014/08/this-is-what-happens-when-there-is-lack.html

Go on and make your excuses now.

But first look at the link.

Go on you fucking douchebag cowards.

Either your hateful evil death cult is exactly as I say, or you go and look and tell me where I am wrong.

I hate you evil scumbags with the heat of a thousand suns.

Islam is a death cult and needs to be outlawed in all civil societies. And then eradicated from the rest.

LOL ... (2)

gstoddart (321705) | about 2 months ago | (#47649647)

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

Re:LOL ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47649731)

Don't worry. According to the Slashdotters wielding the Square-Cubed law, a battle spider the size of a cubic meter would be roughly one million kilotons and would quickly collapse into a black hole if any larger. It's practically impossible to make a robotic battle spider, according to Slashdotters wielding the Square-Cubed law!

Re:LOL ... (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 2 months ago | (#47651199)

a battle spider the size of a cubic meter would be roughly one million kilotons and would quickly collapse into a black hole if any larger

So, make a billion smaller spiders around a cubic liter ... do I have to think of everything?

Sister (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47649789)

This guy really wants to hook it up to his sister. He thinks he may be able to finally get laid.

rich guy kills less chosen 1, no charges pending (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47649665)

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leaner cleaner heads prevail,,, eventually? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47649739)

ask noam usually works for us less informed ordinarians http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/7/a_hideous_atrocity_noam_chomsky_ or
even sooner if we subscribe to the language of the heart,,,, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ickWCGc5qHw the truth is foolproof

link error (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47649785)

sorry noam, error on my part http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/7/a_hideous_atrocity_noam_chomsky_on

WMD on credit results so far

Where's the video of robot spider mind control? (1)

meustrus (1588597) | about 2 months ago | (#47649829)

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 :(

Re:Where's the video of robot spider mind control? (1)

meustrus (1588597) | about 2 months ago | (#47649855)

Correction: where's the good video? I guess I was expecting to see a horde of the things coming down the street, or at least something better controlled.

Re:Where's the video of robot spider mind control? (1)

AlCapwn (1536173) | about 2 months ago | (#47649871)

If you had a mind controlled robot spider, would you be wasting your time uploading a video?

Re:Where's the video of robot spider mind control? (2)

gstoddart (321705) | about 2 months ago | (#47649901)

If you had a mind controlled robot spider, would you be wasting your time uploading a video?

Only if it began with "Attention people of Earth" ...

Re:Where's the video of robot spider mind control? (1)

iggymanz (596061) | about 2 months ago | (#47650611)

there you types go again, demanding reality and proof anytime sales efforts based on hype are made. where is your hope, your dreams, vision? and most importantly, your wallet?

Show me the source. (1)

LordMyren (15499) | about 2 months ago | (#47649879)

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.

Re:Show me the source. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47651011)

I think the main issue here might be the software filtering the actual neural impulse from the surrounding static.

I tried my hand at a project like this. The hardware is trivial. The problem is not getting readings from the electrodes. That's fairly trivial and something you can accomplish with any halfway decent EEG system, which you can rather easily build yourself. As you said (almost) correctly, it's basically a ADC, though some amplification would be nice to actually get a wee bit of a signal at all.

There are two things that make your life complicated. First one is shared by every EEG application: Noise. You're dealing with VERY faint signals here. Running it next to a computer or similar electronic device is like trying to listen to some birds singing right under the entry lane of your average international airport. Telling signal from noise is your first obstacle.

And once you mastered that one, the much bigger one is ahead of you (and something your average EEG needn't even consider): Telling normal brain activity from "commands". Of course you can go the path that they did and simply exploit various normal brain reactions to stimuli and consider that a command, but ... frankly, that's cheap.

brain control (1)

MooseTick (895855) | about 2 months ago | (#47649885)

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

aww (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47650283)

i thought we were going to see a bunch of real spiders battle each other, whose minds were being controlled by humans!

Combined projects (1)

aprentic (1832) | about 2 months ago | (#47650573)

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 might be better... (1)

mspohr (589790) | about 2 months ago | (#47650821)

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

https://www.kickstarter.com/pr... [kickstarter.com]

Droids (1)

ubrgeek (679399) | about 2 months ago | (#47651287)

Unless these are not the droids you are looking for.

Someone had to say it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47652281)

Was it only me who read "paralysed graffiti artist" - and thought "best kind"?

The wave of graffiti that permeates our cities is tedious, destructive, and almost completely free of artistic expression.
It costs a fortune to clean up, and adds nothing to the environment.

Even skateboards have more saving graces - despite the massive damage they do to the urban environment (do you remember when handrails could actually be used for that, without the huge gouges? I do), at least they offer youth transport, some fitness and physical prowess. If only they'd stop grinding every damned edge they can find, I'd actually like them.

Just curious (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47653179)

I wonder if something like this could help Stephen Hawking....

Just curious (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47673419)

Jesus could help him if he'd only stop disbelieving in God.

Open-Source Gear For Making Mind-Control Gadget (1)

storkus (179708) | about 2 months ago | (#47654143)

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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