Puzzlebox ThinkGear Emulator version 0.1.4 released 
Monday, June 21, 2010, 02:35 PM
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Puzzlebox Brainstorms is currently integrating support for NeuroSky's MindSet EEG headset.

In the course of producing code which could communicate with NeuroSky's "ThinkGear Connector" developer tools it became desirable to produce a simple test suite which could emulate the complete ThinkGear socket protocol, both from a client and server perspective. This software permits development, testing, and debugging of MindSet applications on alternative platforms such as Linux and without the need for a physical headset.

Puzzlebox has packaged and made available these components as a distinct "Puzzlebox ThinkGear Emulator" download for the use of other developers interested in working with this particular hardware.

Features include:

- Implements the complete current ThinkGear Socket Protocol specification [2010-05-28 R2.1]
- Implements ThinkGear authorization mechanisms on both server and client side
- Support for Adobe SWF (Flash/Flex) Socket Policy File Request handling
- Server automatically simulates sinusoidal fluxuations for each "eegPower" frequency band as well as "attention" and "concentration" values for "eSense" detections
- Server automatically simulates a blink effect at configurable intervals
- Successfully tested with "Don't Fear the Dark" and "HelloEEG" demo applications
- Python Twisted framework based communications using the SimpleJSON library for best performance
- Includes automated setup.exe installation package (complete with menu entries and uninstaller)
- Released as Open Source under the GPLv2

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New version 0.1.2 released 
Thursday, June 10, 2010, 10:02 AM
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A new release of Puzzlebox Brainstorms has been made available.

This release includes:

- Fully automated Windows installer including all dependencies to run the software
- Complete Desktop and Programs menu shortcuts for launching software under Windows
- One-click "local" client version with server component embedded and loaded automatically
- Text based configuration file for easy adjustment of default settings and device locations
- Fully automated uninstallation option for easy and clean software removal

Documentation has been updated to reflect these changes.

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New version 0.1.1 released 
Friday, June 4, 2010, 10:59 AM
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A new release of Puzzlebox Brainstorms has been made available.

Support has been added to run the software entirely from a Windows PC, without the requirement of a dedicated mobile device to relay control commands to the LEGO Mindstorms robot over Bluetooth.

Documentation has also been updated to reflect this change

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4th International BCI Conference 
Thursday, June 3, 2010, 05:00 PM
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We would like to take a moment to extend thanks to everyone at the Wadsworth Center responsible for assembling the 4th International BCI Conference which ran at the Asilomar Conference Center in Monterey, CA this past week, as well as all of the terrific presenters and attendees. Much was learned from both structured and informal discussions, and we look forward to implementing new paradigms and techniques now better understood to the project.

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Demonstration Video Now Online 
Monday, February 8, 2010, 05:24 PM
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Puzzlebox Brainstorms Introduction Video (with annotations)

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Announcing: Puzzlebox Brainstorms 
Friday, February 5, 2010, 02:04 PM
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Welcome to the website for Puzzlebox Brainstorms, an Open Source software suite supporting school projects which help introduce students to robotics and brain-computer interfaces.

The project's intention is to work in coordination with teachers, student groups, researchers, designers, and developers who are interested in collaborating in an open community environment. It is based on members of each type contributing their own skills and interests in "Stone Soup" fashion.

The goal of this project is to produce a complete set of software tools and applications, as well as teacher resources such as lesson plans, which guide technology educators through classroom-ready projects. It is envisioned students can be broken up into groups and allowed to experiment with designing and building their own robotic vehicles using LEGO Mindstorms, first racing them directly from classroom computers, and later through mind control via EEG headset.

Puzzlebox is sponsoring the effort by contributing this forum, technical environment, and the initial software which already supports driving a simple robot through brain control, as measured by an EEG device, such as the Emotiv EPOC. Currently the receiving software runs on a Nokia n900 mobile Linux handset, permitting tele-operation over the internet via mobile data or a local wireless network. A live video stream from the "robot's perspective" can be transmitted back to the user from the built-in camera.

All software in this project is released free of charge as Open Source, under the GNU Public License (GPLv2).

Questions, comments, and interested parties should contact us to see how they can become involved.

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