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Despite the fact that consumer BCI hardware is still a fledgeling industry, the competition is already starting to heat up. In the past couple years alone we’ve seen the emergence of a handful of new consumer EEG devices from companies like NeuroSky and Interaxon, and today we’ve just caught word that Emotiv – a longtime leader in the EEG headset market and pioneer in the BCI industry – is poised to release a new device: the Emotiv Insight.

The successor to the company’s hugely successful EPOC headset, the Emotive Insight is the next generation wearable device. In contrast to its predecessor, Insight is equipped with 5 EEG + 2 reference sensors for a higher spatial resolution, providing the wearer with more detailed information on their brain activity.

It’s sleeker, faster, smarter, and most importantly,  comes with new, proprietary polymer sensors that offer strong electrical conductivity without any preparation. Translation? No more saline! Emotive’s EPOC headset was often criticized in the past because of the long application process and its need for a conductive gel or paste to in order to provide adequate signal quality, but Insight’s new sensors mitigate this problem entirely.

According to Emotiv, the company took time during the research and development stages to really listen to customer feedback, ensuring that they had the input they needed to design a revolutionary product from the ground up. Emotiv Insight is an elegant, light, and user-friendly 5-channel wireless headset which (we cannot emphasize enough) does NOT require any special preparation.

Emotiv Insight will allow you to optimize your brain fitness and performance, measure and monitor your own or your family’s cognitive health & wellbeing, and develop amazing new BCI applications.

Insight measures and tracks 8 different key brain states: attention, focus, engagement, interest, excitement, affinity, relaxation and stress levels. It can also perform basic mental commands such as push, pull, levitate, rotate and hard to visualize commands such as disappear.

It will also be capable of detecting facial expressions such as blinks, winks, frowns, surprise, clenches, and smiles.

Insight is fully compatible with Android, iOS, Mac, Linux and Windows Platforms.

Emotiv Insight

Emotiv Insight dry sensor

Emotiv Insight and Emotiv EPOC

Emotiv Insight Fast Facts:

  • Signals: 5 channels (AF3, AF4, T7, T8, Cz) 2 references (CMS/DRL noise cancellation configuration)
  • Battery: Internal Lithium Polymer battery 480mAh, 4 hours minimum run time
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Data transmission rate: 128 samples per second per channel
  • Minimum voltage resolution: 0.51uV least significant bit
  • Frequency response: 1-43Hz
  • Kickstarter early bird access: March 2014
  • General release: April 2014

Emotiv is also launching a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter on Thursday, August 1st! Early supporters can expect special pricing, exclusive perks, extra content and of course the privilege to be the first to get the Emotiv Insight headset.

You can be sure that we’ll keep an eye on this new product, and will update this post with the link to the Kickstarter campaign once it goes live. Stay tuned! The Emotiv Insight Kickstarter campaign is live now!