Hackers in Residence - Hacking MindWave Mobile

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Contributors: Sophi Kravitz
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Taking it Apart

Pictured here is the MindWave headset. Nick Poole took one of these apart, so the insides of the headset are pictured here as well.

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Here is a closeup of the internal circuitry. You may recognize the MSP430 hanging out at the top.

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And, the backside….

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In between the two boards is an ASIC. The ASIC on the Neurosky calculates a value for Attention and Meditation. It also processes five types of brainwaves (more on this shortly) and sends out unitless values for each one. This unit measures eyeblinks too.

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