This year’s projects:
> Stay-awake app: Are you falling asleep when you should actually be awake ??? (i.e. while driving, in a boring conference meeting, while studying…). This application will monitor your brainwaves, and when it detects that you’re falling asleep- will provide real time feedback via earphones or loudspeaker (i.e. loud noise, rhythmic music) to wake you up immediately!!!
> Turner: We aim to reduce bicycle traffic accidents using the power of the mind.
Using a headband integrated into a bicycle helmet, we will predict the rider’s intention to perform maneuvers- turn left or right- and alert the surrounding traffic by blinking lights in the respective direction. Like a car’s turn signal.
> Love sync: Can we merge the thoughts of two people in order to achieve a mutual goal?
We will try to face this challenge by making two people synchronize their brain waves in order to simultaneously play and win a computer game!
> I put a spell on you: We plan to build a BCI spelling system based on the P300-speller but improved in several major aspects:
1. Make a more natural user interface
2. Improve the algorithm
3. Integrate the BCI with a word completion algorithm
These changes will increase the spelling rate and will make the system much more useful and relevant to its potential users, like ALS patients.
> Neurofeedback for substance abuse recovery: Neurofeedback application for the recovery from substance abuse (drugs, alcohol, cigarettes…).
> INFinity: Immersive NeuroFeedback (in Unity). We plan to integrate a simple neurofeedback system with a virtual reality viewer on a smartphone. The application will show a 3D scene that the user will experience through the VR viewer. The brain waves of the user will control a simple aspect of the scene. This will generate an immersive neurofeeback experience using relatively cheap components. The main code will be written using the Unity platform.
To INFinity and beyond!
> Mind Over Mindstorms: The project will connect a motor-imagery brain-computer interface to a Lego Mindstorms robot (EV3). After a short training on the computer, the user will be able to control the turning of the robot. The robot will move forward on its own and the user will control right or left turns by imagining right hand or left hand movements. The goal of the user will be to perform a smooth “slalom” between a series of bottles.
> Attention Trainer: New methodology to train our attention to focus and switch focus.
> Blue GSD: The main idea of the project is to analyse and visualize cognitive impact while a smart dog learns new commands.
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For more inspiration –
Check out the projects from the NeuroGaming Brainihack.
And here are some of the projects that were worked on in past Brainihacks:
> Learning-enhancer: Optimizing studying habits with BCI. An EEG based software, which learns the user’s learning behavior. After a few learning sessions, the software will be able to: 1. Tell the user at what times she is at her peak performance, for better learning session planning, and 2. Tell the user at real time when she should stop learning and rest for a few minutes, to work better afterwards.
> BCI operated wheel-chair: Help disabled people who have no control of their hands to use their brainwaves to drive their wheelchair
> Mind your poem: The syntax of the mind – what does it look like? “Mind Your Poem” aims to create computer generated poems, based on a person’s state of mind. The user is provided with brain sensor headsets, and the interactive poems are formed instantly to reflect their brain activity. The project mimics the creative process of a poet by mining the brain to illustrate emotional content. It manifests how technology can provide insight into our inner-selves, “the last human frontier”.
> Emotional DJ: An automatic DJ that plays songs based on your emotional state. It plays music and judges your emotional response – and then adapts the music to fit how you feel (or how you want to feel).
> A team: Never lose in a “red hands” game! Use the power of your brainwaves to pre-detect your foe’s hand slap!
> NeuroBrush: Instagram for Brain Art
> Emotional Analytics: Measuring people’s reaction to sites or app pages, using their brainwaves. Is the page funny? Does it make the user feel ok? Feel the urge to buy products? etc.
> BMoment: Capture exciting moments in the user’s day (detected through EEG patterns from visual stimuli) using wearable glasses.
> Drivewaves: Detection and protection from accidents caused by fatigue while driving.
> EEG Rubik’s Cube: We will build a device that will manipulate a Rubik cube using EEG input. Depending on our helmet’s capabilities, the control of the device will be more interesting. The basic scenario: The Rubik Cube will be solved only when you are really concentrating at something.
> Harmonic Brain: Analysing the brain’s response to different types of music: map your brain response to different kinds of music and learn which music is the most soothing and which is the most invigorating.
> MindTube: Physiological scoring system of Youtube videos.
> MindClick: We would like to use BCI to rate interest in presented visual content (can be either photos, advertisements, web-sites and so on).
> Brain Feedback: Audio-visual generated by brain frequencies.
Some of the proposed projects that didn’t come to life (but are simply too cool to be left unmentioned):
> Smartphone amp-less EEG acquisition: Attempt at sampling EEG without the hardware, which will open the door to a flood of ideas and applications. The project will explore ways to implement EEG signals acquisition via the microphone input, with just a minimal, or totally without a hardware amplifier. Theoretically this can be done using sophisticated signal processing, and smart algorithms to extract EEG features from noise.
> Mind-meld: Use Google Hangout SDK to create some kind of basic collaboration based on EEG calls. e.g. move a ball together with mind of thought the harder we think the further the ball move.
> Dog Talk: Ever wonder what your dog is thinking? Dog Talk lets your dog “push” thoughts to you – via SMS, mobile app, or facebook/twitter; based humorous and entertaining pre-programmed thoughts. Let’s make this somewhat accurate and extremely funny.
> Neuro-telepathy: using BCI to “connect” people’s minds
> Emotion detection: mapping EEG response to Ekman’s micro-expressions
> BCI Search Engine: Are you disturbed? overflowing with Adrenaline? Dopamine? Acetylcholine? Is your system in stress? are you in the mood for love? should you take a break? do you need professional help? BCI search will give you the information you need and not the information you think you need, adapted for your state of mind , neuro-needs and physical needs.
> Mediums: Crossing information between the viewers, the space together with search results from youtube, twitter and google’s image similarity.
> NeuroPattern: Robotic toy car, living tracks at specific order. The persistence of the robot affected by meditation level of person wearing an EEG device.
> 3D-print your brain-waves: Transform EEG output to beautiful 3D-visualizations using a 3D-printer.
> Neuro-feedback for sleep disorders
> Google-glass Neurofeedback Experience Modulator: First stage – show distressing pix and generate distress-related EEG signal. Second stage – compute distress-signal detection and computerized feedback modulator to generate pleasant experiences with pix and statements delivered to the glass camera. Once completed we can generate a prototype product that will modulate distressing experiences neurofeedbacking pleasant compensatory images to modulate and tone-down distress.