Low-Cost Neural Monitoring for Makers: Bringing EEG to the Citizen Scientist

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Serious neuroscience may appear to be beyond the reach of the maker community, the intelligent citizen-scientist with no formal training, and under-resourced schools or science clubs. Enabling the Maker community to conduct useful neuroscience research and use signals from the brain--such as that generated by electroencephalography (EEG)--to drive vehicles, control avatars, and conduct brain research is very important for science education. Here, we will discuss and demonstrate multiple devices currently in development that can monitor brain states for about $30. The community can contribute to their design and testing at a website.


Brain Hacking

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New understanding of the brain is making it more hackable, launching us into the realm of sci-fi possibilities. We will talk about the brain's pinouts and wiring, along with its mechanisms for change (i.e. learning). We will then discuss various technologies and techniques currently being used to interface with the brain and augment human potential in amazing ways.




The New Flesh Workshop: DIY Super-Humans

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The New Flesh Workshop has spent the last 5 years adapting prosthetic fabrication techniques and developing new processes for creating high strength composite armor systems, custom prosthetic modifications for extreme lifestyles . We will present several of our custom ballistic composite materials as well as demonstrate our new armor system. We will also have a slide presentation of several of our custom prosthetic and orthotic devices.



Wetpong Bioarcade

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Genspace is unveiling our latest prototype of WetPong, the video game you play using a joystick to control live, swimming, single-celled organisms. Our current version uses an iPhone interface and Arduino control system.



Public Lab: Open Source Tools for Grassroots Science

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This panel will focus on the work of Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab), an open-source hardware and software research and development community. It is a community of educators, technologists, scientists and community organizers interested in new ways to promote action, intervention and awareness through a participatory research model. Public Lab staff will discuss how the community got started, what the community is, and how members are making and using Do-It-Yourself research tools and organizers will discuss local projects they are working on with Public Lab tools.



Bio-Sensing: The Y in DIY

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Bio-sensing is in the midst of a revolution that will change nearly every aspect of our lives from health to education to retail experience. Measuring more than just basic vital signs, state-of-the-art algorithms are making it possible to identify up to 8 or more distinct emotional states and beginning to open the door for greater understanding of ourselves and each other. With more and more bio-sensors becoming available and hackable, the opportunity for the DIY community is great. Come to this talk to learn how you can participate in the bio-sensing revolution and change the way you look at yourself and the people around you.


DNA Makers

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We are a family that enjoy making DNA models and crafts that are educational, artistic and fun to play for children as well as for adults. The models are built using LEGO pieces, paper, PVC pipes, knitting materials and LED


Scent Rhythm

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This timekeeping device keeps a watch on your circadian rhythm by atomizing fragrance+supplement chemical concoctions that promote the production of particular neurotransmitters that induce awaken/production/relaxation/sleep.



EngageSense

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EngageSense shows the future potential of biosensing in classroom settings, demonstrating how sensing biometrics with standard webcams can give teachers additional tools to tailor lesson plans and improve student engagement.


BioBus

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The BioBus is a high-tech science lab on wheels powered by renewable energy! Come see how solar panels, a wind turbine and waste vegetable oil can power an incredible hands-on science experience.