High-Quality, Low-Cost, Multi-Channel EEG System for Non-Traditional Users

Period of Performance: 05/09/2013 - 02/07/2014

$99.9K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Creare, Inc.
16 Great Hollow Road Array
Hanover, NH 03755
Principal Investigator

Abstract

To accelerate advances in cognitive science, and to facilitate the invention of novel brain-centered technologies, tremendous benefit would be gained by expanding the accessibility of Electroencephalography (EEG) to non-traditional users. A key driver for expanding accessibility is lowering cost while improving ease of use. Recently released systems have lowered cost, but at the expense of reduced quality and low channel count. This Phase I development program seeks to address these deficiencies. We will utilize modern, high-integrated EEG electronics that will enable lower cost while still improving signal quality and channel count. To improve ease of use, our system will be controlled by a smartphone or tablet, which will interface to the EEG electronics using a hobbyist-friendly connection. To implement this high-quality, low-cost approach in a way that will engage the non-traditional user requires a variety of skills hardware design, software design, real-world EEG experience, and community building. Creare has assembled a broad team with a proven track record in each of these areas so that we will convincingly demonstrate feasibility in Phase I and enable successful production in Phase II.