As a general rule, mammal species with big bodies tend to have big brains.
As far as science goes, the bigger the body, the more neurons are needed to control it. Chinese when referring to the human brain call it “Big Brain” (大脑) to differentiate it from the other “small” brains (小脑); as a matter of fact if the human brain would be like the other species in terms of body/brain ratio it would be one-sixth of the actual size. Well I don’t really care about our being Homo megalencephalus but I believe it’s time for InSideOut10 to jump on the bandwagon of emotional neurometrics and I started to run some initial tests using MindWave technologies.
Believe it or not the Web as we know it is going into a quite exciting transformation path and a complete new wave of information-interaction-patterns are emerging.
To get a grasp of the amount and quality of the information available we set up a first test-lab using Processing and a NeuroSky MindWave Headset (the whole team will get one for X-Mas I swear).
The first application renders on screen the EEG_POWER_INT values that represent the relative amplitudes of the individual EEG bands (Alpha, Beta, …). Unfortunately these values are not expressed in eVolts-squared per Hz (V^2/Hz) hence are not comparable to the values of other EEG systems but can only be meaningful when compared to each other and to themselves.
MindSet outputs 1 Attention/Meditation/Quality/EEGPower Packet (Attention and Meditation are in the range of 0-100), and then outputs 512 Raw Wave Packets. This repeats over and over.
Today I produced a very simple (and yet not completely convincing) video using MSAFLuid library that is an amazing library to simulate and display real-time fluids and here is the result.
ViBrainIO10 – Fluid from InsideOut10 on Vimeo.
ViBrainIO10 – Fluid from Andrea Volpini on Vimeo.
Though still at a very early stage it’s quite interesting to create a visual footprint of our EEG. If you are interested in taking part into these initial tests drop us an email.