OpenBCI Hardware Hackathon: Recap

Ultracortex assembled and near completion

Ultracortex assembled and near completion

The MSIT Rapid Prototyping Center has recently organized and sponsored Sinai's very first on-campus hackathon. The RPC teamed up with OpenBCI and 3DSystems, and individuals across many disciplines came together to hack OpenBCI's Ultracortex, which first needed to be 3d printed and assembled to test the applications.

 

Dr. Steven Wolf presenting work being done by Mount Sinai to treat pediatric epilepsy and current issues regarding EEG technology

Dr. Steven Wolf presenting work being done by Mount Sinai to treat pediatric epilepsy and current issues regarding EEG technology

On the first day, presentations were made by Conor Russomanno, Co-Founder and CEO of OpenBCI, to explain the potential uses of their brain-computer interface technology, several attendees presented their ideas to solicit team members, and Dr. Steven Wolf, Director of Pediatric Epilepsy at Sinai and Sinai's EEG Lab, presented on the needs of epilepsy patients and how EEG technology can be used to improve outcomes.

 

Some people gathered together to tackle the EEG reading capabilities of the Ultracortex, while another team focused on muscle-monitoring applications through EMG sensor designs.  Others came up with new ways to attach electrodes to clothing and other materials, or worked on enhancing the software for OpenBCI. On Sunday, several teams presented their finished products, some of which are still being continued today.