Brain computer interface designed for VR headsets

November 26, 2020 //By Rich Pell
Brain computer interface designed for VR headsets
Neurotechnology company OpenBCI, which offers an open-source brain-computer interface platform, has announced a new hardware and software platform that combines mixed reality (XR) headsets with state-of-the-art biosensing and brain-computer interfacing techniques.

The platform, called Galea, features headgear that comes equipped with multiple sensors to simultaneously monitor biometric data streams in real time and is designed to seamlessly attach to head-mounted displays (HMDs), including virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) devices. Galea also includes SDKs to bring biometric data into common development environments and enable researchers and developers across industries to produce next-generation experiences through neurotechnology.

Galea includes several sensors - including electroencephalogram (EEG), electrooculography (EOG) electromyography (EMG), electrodermal activity (EDA), and photoplethysmography (PPG) - to accurately quantify human emotions and facial expressions such as happiness, anxiety, depression, attention span, interest level, and more. The platform's real-time analytics suite measures data from the brain, eyes, heart, skin, and muscles, allowing researchers and developers to objectively measure user experiences and internal states and use it for creating highly immersive content tailored to a person's biological responses.

"I founded OpenBCI to democratize access to the brain and I'm thrilled that our technology has powered innovative projects by academics, startups, and some of the most recognizable companies in the world," says Conor Russomanno, CEO of OpenBCI. "I believe that head-mounted computers integrated with human consciousness will drive the next major technology paradigm shift. Galea is the realization of six years of research and development. We are providing the world with a playground for experimentation and development using multi-modal biometric data in tandem with next generation wearable displays."

The company, founded in 2014, offers a consumer-grade biosensing system built with open-source software and hardware. The company's headsets, biosensing boards, and electrodes allow for high resolution imaging and recording of EMG, ECG, and EEG signals and are used by researchers, academic labs, artists, and developers in 89 countries for prototyping and exploring the future of neurotechnology.

Guillermo Bernal, MIT researcher, OpenBCI user and key engineer for Galea adds, "OpenBCI's open-source approach embraces the idea of low floors and high ceilings by lowering the barrier to

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