Brainshirt is a wearable “memory map” of 24 individual program participants. Conceptually, brainshirt transmits an instant memory-based emotional snapshot about a group experience using brain waves (EEG) as a biological fingerprint unique to each individual. Each vertical bar is a downward time series of  a particular participant’s EEG activity while recalling their experiences. Red segments indicate periods of intense focus while the blue ones represent deep calm and green represents a mixture. Brainshirt was sponsored by the MIT Summer Research Program for Biology and Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

Data was collected for each participant over 2-3 minutes using a NeuroSky Mindwave EEG headset. Data collection, analysis, and visualization was done in custom python/OpenGL codes. Design was done in open source Inkscape graphics software on Ubuntu linux. Kate Derosier collaborated heavily on the design. Mandana Sassanfar inspired the project. MIT Summer Research Program 2013 participants opened their minds and hearts. Hack Manhattan, a NYC based maker space, provided the EEG headset. Concept, code, data collection, final design by Daniel Packer.

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  1. Posted July 24, 2013 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    Great t-shirts !
    It would be interesting to see some group waves in real time.
    Thank you for sharing interesting informations through hack mangattan wiki.

    Best regards from France.


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