OpenBCI Board looks to bring brainwave-monitoring out of research labs and into the homes of everyday users. Electroencephalography (EEG) has long been the domain of well-funded scientists working in shiny laboratories, many of whom who have made plenty of important discoveries with it. The possibilities, though, greatly expand when regular users have access to the technology. And very soon they will.

OpenBCI is open-source and low-cost, meaning everyday users can afford it and program it to their preferences. By wiring the board to OpenBCI’s 3D headset and connecting it to a computer, users will be able to monitor their own brainwaves. Even if you’re not trained in science, you could still test the effect of music on listeners or see how exercise influences brain function. OpenBCI raised more than 200 percent of its $100,000 goal on Kickstarter, so the world now appears set to learn a whole lot more about that gray matter in between the ears.

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