Emotiv Systems

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Emotiv Systems is an Australian electronics company developing brain–computer interfaces based on electroencephalography (EEG) technology. Emotiv System's products are the Emotiv EPOC, a peripheral for gaming on Windows, OS X and Linux, and the Emotiv EEG neuroheadset.[1] The EPOC has 16 electrodes and is meant to work as a computer input device.[2]

A 2013 review rated the device inferior to comparable medical-grade EEG headsets. Susceptibility to RF interference due to the device's unshielded cables, and electrode corrosion were noted as problems.[3]

Consumer Use[edit]

In an interview,[4] co-founder Tan Le spoke about her desire to 'democratise' EEG headsets in order to allow companies and individuals with limited budgets to experiment and innovate.

Examples of use:

In 2012 Chaotic Moon used the device for a mind controlled skateboard.[5]

In 2013 Smirnoff used the headsets to create a music track known as Project Mindtunes.[6] The track was created using the brainwaves of DJ Fresh and musicians with paralysis.

In 2014 Bwin used the headsets to visualise brain maps of individuals playing a game of Texas Hold'em in order to differentiate between the workings of an expert player versus an amateur.[7]

At the EMC World Conference in Las Vegas in May 2015, Emotiv showed how the headsets can be used to play video games using mind control.[8]

A user wearing a wireless Emotiv EPOC headset.

Censorship of criticism[edit]

Emotiv's forum rapidly censors any threads containing comments not favorable to their product or critical of their customer service. There has been considerable discussion of this issue on the same forum, which has also been censored.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Blog Archive » Emotiv EPOC Neuroheadset Update". grinding.be. 2008-03-22. Retrieved 14 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Stephen (8 July 2008). "Headset makes empty Promises of Mind-Control Games". G4 Media, Inc. Retrieved 14 February 2009. 
  3. ^ Duvinage, Matthieu; et al. (27 March 2013). "Performance of the Emotiv Epoc headset for P300-based applications". Biomedical Engineering Online. doi:10.1186/1475-925X-12-56. 
  4. ^ "http://www.notimpossiblenow.com/lives/emotivs-ceo-hopes-wearable-technology-will-broaden-brain-research". www.notimpossiblenow.com. Retrieved 2015-06-05.  External link in |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Board of Imagination: A mind-controlled skateboard. Seriously - CNET". CNET. Retrieved 2015-06-05. 
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgfxKZiSCDQ, retrieved 2015-06-05  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Your Brain on Poker". Retrieved 2015-06-05. 
  8. ^ "The EEG Headset that Allows you to Play Video Games Using Mind Control". Retrieved 2015-06-05. 
  9. ^ "Interview where Emotiv's censorship system is mentioned". H plus Magazine. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 

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