Ajatusmyssy – Thinking cap

Our plan is to make a hat that reads the wearers brain waves on a couple of electrodes and interpolates the signal to project the brain activity on LEDs on the hat. We would also like to add wireless communication and GPS to be able to publish our brain activity online and locate different thoughts to different parts of the city.

We will make our own capacitive EEG electrodes that don’t require direct skin contact, and will thus work through hair and fabric. The electrode is based on a circuit designed by researchers at UCSD.

The EEG data can be analyzed with FFT to recognize the spectral components. Choosing the alpha band (8-13Hz) and calculating its total power is a good indicator of brain activity, the total activity seems to be inversely related to alpha activity.

The hat will be covered with RGB LEDs and light fibre. We will use 4 electrodes, but by averaging we can make a “scalp map” with more LEDs. This is inspired by scalp maps used in brain research.

2 thoughts on “Ajatusmyssy – Thinking cap

    • Good suggestion and a nice explanation of the hack on that site. I’m really looking forward to making these electrodes though, instead of being dry-contact like the MindSet, they are no-contact and will thus work through fabric, etc. Also, the MindSet only has one electrode, so we’d have to buy several.

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