For the past week, I’ve been tinkering and fiddling about with the HexBright and learning how it runs; surprisingly, there wasn’t much for me to do thanks to some of the HexBright team’s fantastic backers. Notably, David Hilton and Pter Tesarik have supplied a great tutorial and set of code to get you started programming the HexBright yourself. The code repository contains instructions,
an overview for setting up the Arduino IDE, along with the CP210x driver (found
here) and several projects to get you started. The HexBright library that they have assembled has many functions
still in the works, like things that simplify the math (lotsa dot functions to measure xyz
acceleration!), but with a little know-how you can append the library to your needs. Big ups to Dave and Petr!
For our most recent product, I slapped together a neat little project using
some of the OAuth code that was provided by the mPrinter team. You can easily put together this code on
your own as a good way to get comfortable with OAuth. I feel like the immediate go-to
API example is always Twitter,
but it’s a very robust and well documented API (and the first to really do OAuth), so heck, let’s use it. While my code can also be found on my Github, this post will give you a bit of an idea about what’s going on in the code that I set up, and before diving in, we’ll briefly go over how the mPrinter works in its current iteration.
This was originally posted to Grand St. on March 18, 2013.
I originally got the second generation MindWave during my sophomore year of college in order to do two things: first, make pretty fractals with my brainwaves and second, prove the point that you don’t need to drop upwards of 200 dollars to collect meaningful neural feedback. I ended up doing both and here’s what happened.
Thought as Data
People very rarely consider that “thought” can be collected and measured. I think a lot of people assume an EEG is some sort of
mystical device, where if you think about a chair, it will do some heavy math, maybe run some special algorithms, and slowly scribble “chair” out onto the big dot matrix printer spool that all cognitive scientists use. Sadly this is not (yet) the case.