You have just learned about openEEG and found it interesting. And now you want to know how exactly it does its thing and if that will benefit you in any way, right?
Well, you are lucky because I have just finished researching on it and I’ve got tons of information to share with you.
With my open EEG review here, I will be informing you what this system is really all about, how it works, what it comes with, how it is meant to bring the benefits it is claimed to have, the cost, my thoughts about it and what I advise you to do with regards to it.
With that said, let’s get started with the open EEG software review.
Name: Open EEG Software
Founder: Depends on the actual system
Cost: Each software costs different
Rating: 80 out of 100
What Open EEG is
This is a software that gives you the opportunity to do neurofeedback on your brain in the comfort of your home. You will be using EEG devices to help you achieve this.
Before I get deeper into this, let me first get you to understand what EEG is. The whole name is ElectroEncephaloGram (EEG), and it is a test used to evaluate the electrical activity in the brain.
Brain cells communicate with each other through electrical impulses. And an EEG can be used to help detect potential problems associated with this electrical activity.
An EEG tracks and records brain wave patterns. Small flat metal discs called electrodes are attached to the scalp with wires.
The electrodes analyze the electrical impulses in the brain and send signals to a computer that records the results.
The electrical impulses in an EEG recording look like wavy lines in peaks and valleys.
These lines allow doctors to quickly assess whether there are abnormal patterns or not. Any irregularities may be a sign of seizures or other brain disorders.
EEG is usually used to determine if the user has any health conditions including:
1. Seizure disorders (such as epilepsy )
2. Head injury
3. Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain)
4. Brain tumor
5. Encephalopathy (disease that causes brain dysfunction)
6. Memory problems
7. Sleep disorders
Now the open EEG will enable you do eeg sessions by yourself.
This kind of software is built for amateurs who would love to experiment with EEG.
The making of this software has been developed by a number of companies each in a different way.
It’s worth noting that commercial EEG devices can be really expensive that’s why the open EEG software is here for you to assist because its cheaper.
Some Open EEG Softwares
As I was doing this research I came across a number of open EEG softwares which I found interesting and useful for you to get benefits with. They are:
1. Neuroserver software
Created by Rudi Cilibrasi
This software was made to provide a standard EEG server that mediates between the raw EEG devices and all various EEG applications that a user may choose to analyse incoming EEG data.
It’s a good software because data can easily pass over a network or internet and stay in the same machine.
Its server is designed to run on Windows and Linux.
2. Brain Bay
Developed by Christoph Veigl and Jeremy Wilkerson.
Brain bay is a bio and neurofeedback application designed to work with various EEG amplifiers including the open hardware open EEG and open BCI amplifiers.
It supports human computer interface functions.
The neuroserver software framework is used to transmit live recordings via internet/LAN.
It provides graphical and musical feedback and feedback games as well.
This is another open source software that is controlled by players brain activity.
Fun right? I thought so too.
Electroencephalogram (EEG) monitors the player’s brainwaves.
These waves are fed into the computer, analyzed and used to control the game play.
Like a triathlon, Brainathlon consists of 3 separate mini-games, called courses.
Each course provides users with real-time feedback on current brain activity and rewards activity in configurable frequency ranges.
A single user can play the game, or two players can compete against each other. When played in two-player mode, the player who wins the most courses will win the game.
This game can be used to gain conscious control of brainwave activity and to increase wave frequencies associated with certain mental states such as relaxation or mental focus.
The Brainathlon software includes a library of EEG monitoring, filtering and analysis tools that can be used to create future EEG-based applications.
The software was built to work with ModularEEG, an open source brainwave monitoring device.
The Brainathlon libraries provide software developers with a toolkit to facilitate the creation of inexpensive brain-computer interface applications for the ModularEEG device.
4. Bio Era
BioEra is a visual designer useful for analyzing signals in real time. It can be used with any device with ability to stream data to a computer.
BioEra provides environment and tools to create various types of processing tasks.
It can be used for research, games, self exploration, entrainment, sound processing and many others.
Each task is contained in a design.
To create a design, no programming skill is required, only the understanding of the process and its requirements.
BioEra is used to create a design visually.
A design represents data flow from input (e.g. biofeedback device) to output (e.g. visual or sound feedback).
The flow can be customized with hundreds of built-in objects (elements).
For example, an amplitude of alpha brainwaves can be filtered from input EEG signal, it can then trigger a MIDI, video or a computer task at a certain level.
Currently it can run on Windows (XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8) and Android.
5. ABI software
ABI is a BCI (Brain Computer Interface) that is based on trials.
A trial is a time interval where the user generates brainwaves to perform an action.
The BCI tries to process this signal and to associate it to a given class.
The association is done by feeding a neural net with the preprocessed EEG data.
The neural net’s output is then further processed and this final output corresponds to the given class.
The neural net should be trained in order to learn the association.
The ABI software allows you to do simple Biofeedback.
You can display raw EEG channels, narrow band frequency amplitudes and classes.
Record trials for a number of choice of different classes. Train the interface.
6. BW view software
This is a software designed for getting a rapid visual understanding of recorded brain wave data.
7. Bio Explorer
BioExplorer is a Windows program for real-time biophysical data acquisition, processing, and display.
It is intended for personal use in entertainment, education, and experimentation.
There are also open softwares but they are still in the development process. I’m talking about:
- EEG MIR
- Electric Guru
I figured that since they are still being developed then it is not wise to start making use of them.
My Thoughts on Open EEG
I think the softwares are good and can help you carry out your EEG sessions well.
Oh, and they are cheaper and we all want to buy items we can afford. Don’t we? Don’t you?
They may not really be as effective as other commercial softwares but they are of great essence as they help moderate things for people starting out with neurofeedback.
If you are a newbie as far as neurofeedback goes, these are softwares I recommend you try out. They surely going to help you a great deal!
I believe I have helped you understand what you are getting with openEEG.
If you have any questions regarding this topic, always feel free to ask questions or express your feelings and thoughts about it in the comments. I’ll be more than happy to hear from you.