In anticipation of NeuroGaming Hackathon that will precede the NeuroGaming 2014 Conference and Expo, the organizers of the hackathon have released a final list of projects on Brainihack.org. These range from fun artistic endeavours, like Neurobrush (Instagram for brainwaves), to highly clinical projects, like a BCI enabled wheelchair.The list of participants clearly reflects the interdisciplinary nature of Neuroscience, and Neurogaming in particular. Everyone from Neurosurgeons to artists to software developers have a role to play in the future of BCI.
Of these 20 projects, 3 specifically stand out for their clinical relevance: Drivewaves, Video games for Cognitive Training, and the BCI operated wheelchair. None of these are new technologies per se, but it will be extremely interesting to see what kind of advances the teams are able to make over the course of the May 3-4 weekend in San Francisco.
Below is a complete list of projects:
- Learning-enhancer: Optimize studying habits with BCI.
- 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: Create computer generated poems based on a person’s state of mind.
- Emotional DJ: Play songs based on your emotional state.
- A team: Use brainwaves to pre-detect your foe’s hand slap during “red hands” slapping game.
- Video games for cognitive training: Create a natural-interaction video game for neurocognitive training which is dynamically adjusted to player’s needs based on real-time EEG information.
- Brainimator: Control stick animation software using the brain.
- NeuroBrush: Instagram for Brain Art
- Emotional Analytics: Measure people’s reaction to sites or app pages, using their brainwaves.
- BMoment: Capture exciting moments in the user’s day (detected through EEG patterns from visual stimuli) using wearable glasses.
- Drivewaves: Detect and protect users from accidents caused by fatigue while driving.
- EEG Rubik’s Cube: Manipulate a Rubik cube using EEG input.
- Harmonic Brain: Analyse the brain’s response to different types of music.
- MindTube: Score Youtube videos based on EEG responses.
- MindClick: Rate interest in presented visual content.
- Brain Feedback: Generate Audio-visual feedback using brain frequencies.
It will also be interesting to see how different teams go about tackling similar tasks. For instance, Brain Feedback, Harmonic Brain, and Emotional DJ are all going to be tackling the relationship between EEG waves and music.
All in all it should be a fun (and exciting!) weekend.