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Monday, January 13,2014

You may soon be able to 3D print a brain scanner

Home electroencephalography may be on the way

By Josh Gross


For those not tremendously interested in the impacts that 3D printing may have on manufacturing, Wired is reporting that  a team of developers are working on a 3D-printable brain scanner.

From the article...

Bootstrapped with a little funding help from DARPA — the research arm of the Department of Defense — the device is known as OpenBCI. It includes sensors and a mini-computer that plugs into sensors on a black skull-grabbing piece of plastic called the “Spider Claw 3000,” which you print out on a 3-D printer. Put it all together, and it operates as a low-cost electroencephalography (EEG) brainwave scanner that connects to your PC. 

There is one catch...

But the thing won’t work without the mini-computer that plugs into the headset. Last month, Russomanno and Murphy launched a Kickstarter project to fund the development of this Arduino-compatible hardware. They hit their goal last week and expect to ship their first systems in March.

That computer only costs about $300, making home brain scanning a technology that could be cheaper than the latest Playstation. What possible use does one have a for a home-printed brain scanner? Brain-hacking obviously. 

 Read the full story here.

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