Puzzlebox Brainstorms is Seeking Schools for 2011-2012 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 06:40 AM
Posted by Steve Castellotti
Puzzlebox Brainstorms is eager to continue expanding our program to new schools, teachers, and parents. We have recently visited the campuses of Hilltop Prep and Octorara High School, featuring brief lessons in neuroscience and the history and current state of the art in Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) and sharing some of our technologies which incorporate attention and focus exercises to drive robots, fly helicopters, and play video games.

If you or someone you know would be interested to participate please do not hesitate to contact us.



Brainstorms at Hilltop Prep

Hilltop Prep is a co-educational day school which serves bright students with learning disabilities in grades five through twelve, offering an individually structured, rigorous curriculum that is complemented by a dynamic counseling support and mentoring program.




Brainstorms at Octorara High School

Octorara High School has approximate 900 students in grades nine through twelve. Their mission states: "We will consistently strive to provide a relevant and rigorous academic program that promotes critical thinking skills and the essential character traits necessary for each student to be successful in life after graduation."

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Puzzlebox at GDC 2011 
Thursday, March 3, 2011, 04:58 AM
Posted by Administrator
Puzzlebox has announced the debut of our new product Puzzlebox Jigsaw which we are demoing all this week at GDC 2011, the Game Developers Conference at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco. Please feel free to visit us at Booth #2021.




Many thanks to NeuroSky for contributing space for our demonstrations.

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Instructables Awards 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 04:22 AM
Posted by Administrator
Puzzlebox Brainstorms is pleased to announce First Place awards in the both the Instructables Humana and Instructables Epilog Challenge contests for our Brain-Controlled Wheelchair project.


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Press: NBC 10 Philadelphia - The Teacher Says 
Monday, January 10, 2011, 01:14 AM
Posted by Administrator
NBC's local news affiliate in Philadelphia visited the Rosemont school last week to interview the students and teachers who have been using Puzzlebox Brainstorms in their classroom since this past September.


Media: NBC 10 Philadelphia - The Teacher Says





We are currently seeking additional schools and facilities which may be interested in collaboration and expanding the program.


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Hacking Guide and Video Walkthrough: Brain-Controll RC Helicopter 
Friday, December 24, 2010, 02:27 AM
Posted by Administrator
Along with support for Electric Wheelchairs, the latest release of Puzzlebox Brainstorms has added support for flying Radio Controlled helicopters with the mind, as documented in this new write-up for Instructables.com:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Brain-C ... elicopter/


Included is a video walkthrough which step-by-step demonstrates the complete hacking process from unboxing through to final takeoff using high-speed video playback:


Puzzlebox Brainstorms - Radio Controlled Helicopter


A special thanks to Miloh Alexander and the rest of the crew at the Noisebridge hackerspace in San Francisco who helped with this project.

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Press: Rosemont School Students Demonstrate Cutting-Edge Technology... 
Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 11:05 PM
Posted by Administrator

Rosemont School students demonstrate cutting-edge technology by controlling robots with brain waves


By Halimah Barnett



Rosemont School of the Holy Child middle-school students are making big waves with the computer software they use to energize robots.

“What we do is we take EEG headsets, and we run software which allows us to control devices like LEGOs, helicopters, wheelchairs and so on using our minds,” said Castellotti. “I used to work at the Rosemont School when I was in college and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring something to the kids they would enjoy that would help them learn a little bit about science, neuroscience, biology and physics.”

The students sit in front of a computer screen running the data-collection program. They put on the headsets that transmit brain waves through the computer. Their signal strength and concentration level directly correspond to the motion to the robots.

...

The robot experiments are linked to the unit on electromagnetic waves the sixth-graders are studying in science class.

“Our unit has been on sound and light and we started this program looking at the waves and our brain waves but it has morphed into them learning to collect data and focus their attention on being able to move robots, which connects to our robotics program. It is a great overlap between the two programs,” said Rosemont School science teacher Karen Grossman.

“The students have just taken to it amazingly. They love it and they have a great time doing it,” she added.


Link to the complete article at Main Line Media News

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ABC Action News Philadelphia 
Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 12:04 AM
Posted by Administrator
ABC's Action News Philadelphia was there to cover Puzzlebox Brainstorm's presentation of our new Radio Controlled Helicopter support at the Rosemont School in Montgomery County


Puzzlebox Brainstorms - ABC Action News Philadelphia


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Vote for Puzzlebox Brainstorms: Electric Wheelchair 
Saturday, December 11, 2010, 06:36 PM
Posted by Administrator
The latest release of Puzzlebox Brainstorms has added support for the Action Arrow Storm series of electric wheelchairs as documented in this write-up for Instructables.com in coordination with Jake "jerky" Walters and the rest of the crew at the Noisebridge hackerspace in San Francisco.

Our entry has already been featured on Hackaday.com and is now in the running for first place in the Humana Health Challenge.

Any support from our user community would be appreciated during the voting round of the contest.


In the meantime, a video is available in which a volunteer demonstrates the new support for Wheelchair control through Puzzlebox Brainstorms 0.4.5 by driving one around the city streets of San Franciso's "The Mission" district:


Puzzlebox Brainstorms - Wheelchair Control



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Puzzlebox Brainstorms version 0.4.5 released 
Thursday, December 9, 2010, 06:05 PM
Posted by Administrator
Puzzlebox has released an update to "Puzzlebox Brainstorms" which allows for BCI (Brain-Computer Interface) control of robotic vehicles, radio controlled helicopters, and wheelchairs through commercially available consumer EEG headsets such as the NeuroSky MindSet and Emotiv EPOC.

Features include:

- Support for radio controlled helicopters which support the Spektrum DSM2 protocol
- Support for electric wheelchair control for the Action Arrow Storm series
- Custom messages can be sent to LEGO Mindstorms to interface with programs written using "NXT-G" the standard development environment supplied by LEGO.
- Ability to send bug reports and feature requests directly to Puzzlebox via interface
- New tab-based interface for new vehicle and device support



Puzzlebox Brainstorms 0.4.5 - LEGO Mindstorms



Puzzlebox Brainstorms 0.4.5 - RC Helicopter



Puzzlebox Brainstorms 0.4.5 - Wheelchair



Puzzlebox Brainstorms 0.4.5 - Control Panel



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Video: The Thinking Caps Featured on Local Television 
Friday, November 19, 2010, 02:54 PM
Posted by Administrator
The Thinking Caps, the First LEGO League competitors from the Blue Ridge area of Virginia were recently featured on a live broadcast by their local television station for their success in competition and use of Puzzlebox Brainstorms:



We are told that some technical difficulties were experienced due to their laptop going to sleep, but we're not taking any chances -- the next version of Puzzlebox Brainstorms includes a new, built-in bug reporting and feature-request mechanism. In the meantime please help out our community by submitting any issues to contact@puzzlebox.info.

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Puzzlebox Synapse version 0.4.2 released 
Thursday, November 4, 2010, 04:29 PM
Posted by Administrator
Puzzlebox has released an update to "Puzzlebox Synapse" which connects to commercially available consumer EEG headsets such as the NeuroSky MindSet, displays live data back to the user, and relays the data collected over a network or the internet.

Features include:

- Save all data recorded for a given session (including raw EEG) to a file for external processing
- Export all data recorded for a given session to CSV for loading into a spreadsheet such as Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice.org Calc
- Export all data recorded for a given session to a text file



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Video: The Thinking Caps' 2010 First LEGO League Presentation  
Sunday, October 31, 2010, 12:10 AM
Posted by Administrator
The First LEGO League (FLL) is a "robotics program for 9 to 16 year olds, which is designed to get children excited about science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and life skills." Teams of children led by teachers, parents and mentors build robotic machines based around themes and goals which change on a yearly basis, competing at an international level.

One team based in Virgina called the Thinking Caps has produced a terrific video submission for this year's "Body Forward" theme of biomedical engineering using Puzzlebox Brainstorms and a NeuroSky MindSet EEG headset.



We love to see great projects like this and wish the Thinking Caps the best of luck in their upcoming competition!

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