I met Joel Murphy while strolling through the aisles of CES. I asked him why he was wearing a funny-looking helmet. He told me he made it with a 3D printer by Lulzbot. It holds all of the components he needs to explore the electrical signals of the human brain and body and to further understand and expand who we are.
Murphy, and his partner, Conor Russomanno of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, recently conducted a Kickstarter campaign for their company, OpenBCI, so they could raise funds to expand their studies. Murphy said, “BCI stands for open-source brain-computer interface (BCI). The OpenBCI Board is a versatile and affordable bio-sensing microcontroller that can be used to sample electrical brain activity (EEG), muscle activity (EMG), heart rate (EKG), and more. It is compatible with almost any type of electrode and is supported by an ever-growing, open-source framework of signal processing tools and applications.”
Their Kickstarter campaign pointed out that “Understanding who we are will not be solved by a single company, an institution, or even an entire field of science. These discoveries will only—and should only—be made through an open forum of shared knowledge and concerted effort, by people from a variety of backgrounds. We work to harness the power of the open source movement to accelerate ethical innovation of human-computer interface technologies.”
This is what some of their supplies look like.