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Meeting the BCI Guys!

More people are becoming aware of the potential #neurotechnology has to positively impact our lives and looking to get involved. I believe that this industry will grow exponentially and shape how we interact with our environment in ways we can’t imagine today. 

It’s vital to provide those interested in learning with resources to get started. I struggled to find them when I was a student. Harrison Canning and Colin Fausnaughtthe BCI Guys—are doing an amazing job of filling this gap by providing educational materials that are not only free but also engaging and easy to follow. I always recommend their Foundations of Neurotechnology course to our new hires who come from a different industry. 

Neurotech poses exciting yet daunting challenges. Lowering the barrier of entry and generating interest is essential to attract the bright minds who can help us to solve them. We’re only scratching the surface, let’s keep digging.

P.S. Thank you Sonika Vuyyuru for gifting me the #BCIGal shirt!

OpenBCI Webinar #2

If you work with biosensors you know that one of the biggest challenges is knowing how to adjust them properly to get a reliable signal. To automate this for Galea, we’re developing a VR assistant that shows you how to get the headset to fit right. 
 
What content would you like to see in future OpenBCI webinars?

2022 NYC Neuroergonomics and Neuromodulation Conference

“If I hadn’t had OpenBCI equipment to get started I wouldn’t be here.”
 
Hearing that from researchers at the forefront of neuroscience during the NYC Neuromodulation conference made my day.
 
Neurotechnology, although growing fast in recent years, is still a niche field. I spend my days working on products that no one has built before and that push the boundaries of what’s possible today. The innovative nature of the work brings with it many challenges, which often make me want to bang my head against the wall!
 
Knowing that we’re making a real impact by giving individuals around the world access to affordable neuroscience tools so they can, too, push these boundaries makes it all worth it.
 
Here are a few pictures from the event, including a picture of #galeainthewild on an NYC subway train and one embracing my inner nerd.


Two Years at OpenBCI!

Two years ago I dipped my toes into brain-computer interface (BCI) technology by hacking a $30 Star Wars toy to read EEG data and make a cardboard wheel spin by concentrating on it. My team and I first showcased the prototype at the 2019 Cornell Tech Open Studio event. Although I understood the science behind it, putting the device on users’ heads and watching the wheel spin felt like magic!

Fast forward to today and my code is running on Galea, a $25K high-end platform that merges next-generation BCI systems with head-mounted displays. This work anniversary I’d like to reflect on how far I’ve come since I joined the OpenBCI team as an intern on July 1st, 2020. During my time with them, I have not only contributed to the whole technology stack—hardware, firmware, software, data processing, cloud—but I’ve acquired a solid foundation of knowledge in neuroscience and learnt key aspects of running a hardware business.

Most importantly, I’ve found my people. The OpenBCI team dreams big and works hard to build products that push the boundaries of what’s possible today. Together, we are shaping the future of human-computer interaction. I can’t wait to see what year three brings for us—let’s keep changing the world one BCI at a time!

International Women in Engineering Day

“If you don’t ask, you don’t get” is what my first manager, Christina Kalli, told me as I proceeded to make a case to our UK team at GE Healthcare on why I should be the first intern to travel abroad and present my research at the 2018 Alzheimer’s Association Conference in Chicago. It was at that conference that I learnt about neurotechnology and discovered my passion for the field.

For this year’s International Women in Engineering Day, I’d like to thank you for the support and guidance you’ve given me over the years. You took me under your wing during my first internship in 2017. That year, I learnt C#, Unreal Engine, Python and other technologies, but my most valuable takeaway was cultivating the habit to ask for opportunities even when I think the answer will be no. Often times, I find myself pleasantly surprised by a yes. And occasionally it changes my life, like that trip did.

Winning an Auggie Award!

I had a blast at AWE 2022 this week! It was exciting to showcase Galea and an honor for us at OpenBCI to receive the “Best Interaction Product” award. Congratulations to the Varjo team on winning the “Best Headworn Device” award.

I loved learning about the latest products in the AR/VR industry. From TRIPP, Inc.‘s VR meditation experiences to OWO Game‘s haptic videogame technology, the fast evolution of this industry blows my mind every time.

I’m excited to keep pushing the boundaries of what’s possible today and share it with all of you at #AWE2023!

Speaking at the VRAR Association Education Committee

It was a pleasure to speak at the VRARA Education Committee session about the Future of VR, Neuroscience and Spatial Computing! I especially enjoyed hearing about the different applications the audience was interested in using Galea for.

Special thanks to Carlos J. Ochoa Fernández for inviting me as a speaker and organizing the event. The work this organization is doing to develop immersive technologies and make them accessible is admirable.

For those of you who couldn’t attend, I’ll share the recording when it comes out. Looking forward to the next one!

VR & BCIs SMARTVR Talk

It was great to speak at the SMARTVR Center event on the future of virtual reality and brain-computer interface technologies!

This was my first event as a speaker for OpenBCI. I enjoyed listening to the other attendees, talking about our latest work in the field, and answering the public’s questions with Mike Ambinder from Valve Corporation.

I look forward to many more events like this one!