[Cyborg] Cyborg Digest, Vol 20, Issue 13

Thomas Coleman dontac at gmail.com
Wed Nov 17 12:38:49 PST 2010


Ahh memories...you should've seen it when I jacked up the speed as high as
it would go, I kept tensing up so much I couldn't stop lol. The development
kit is pretty fancy, it includes a bunch of extra tools and is mostly geared
towards companies. The sensor by itself, on the other hand, is something I
can offer heavily discounted...say $100-200 each, with volume discounts.
Call it a hackerspace special :)

~Tom


>
> Wow, that's super awesome!  I'd love to play with these sensors!  I
> found your mind controlled wheel chair video:
>
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyQv61899HE
>
> Unfortunately the company seems to want $2k for the development kit.
> Can you swing us a deal somehow?  Or do you still have rights to the
> underlying tech that you could open source?
>
> Eric
>
>
>
> On 11/16/10 12:41 AM, Thomas Coleman wrote:
> > Heya all,
> >
> > I'm the Thomas Coleman mentioned below, sorry for the delay responding.
> > The sensors mentioned by Mikolaj are derived from the core technology
> > behind the Audeo (http://www.theaudeo.com). They input three signals
> > from the surface of the skin (and power/ground), and output a unipolar
> > digital signal corresponding to the level of muscle activity. Bigger
> > muscle activity, bigger byte value. The cool thing is I originally
> > designed them to detect the extremely low level signals of people no
> > longer able to produce detectable activity, like locked in ALS patients.
> > This means they can pick up signals so weak nobody can tell you're even
> > doing anything to trigger them. It takes some self-training to reliably
> > control your signals like that, but once you get it you can do all kinds
> > of cool/spooky things (somewhere out there is a youtube vid of me evilly
> > cruising in a wheelchair among other things hehe). Anyways, long story
> > short the sensors he was talking about are more hacker-friendly than
> > furry-specific. They're reliable, sensitive, RF immune, tiny, and can
> > even use steel as skin contacts. Sorry I'm kinda proud of my babies :)
> >
> > ~T
> >
> > On Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 2:00 PM, Mikolaj Habryn <dichro at rcpt.to
> > <mailto:dichro at rcpt.to>> wrote:
> >
> >
> >     Sorry for vanishing after that tantalizing message :P I'm mid-travel
> >     (and
> >     mostly mid-travail, as well).
> >
> >     I didn't design the sensors; they're being done by one Thomas
> >     Coleman, who
> >     also does EMG stuff professionally. The current prototype is a
> >     single sensor
> >     (three-lead) differential amplifier plus microcontroller in a small,
> >     sealed
> >     8-pin module that outputs serial. I've pointed him at this thread, so
> >     hopefully he'll have a chance to weigh in with more detail.
> >
> >     m.
> >
> >     On Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 5:59 AM, Tomm <tomm.fire at gmail.com
> >     <mailto:tomm.fire at gmail.com>> wrote:
> >
> >      > Nov. 7th works for me.  I have some new hardware
> >      > to show off from my ultrasound project, might even
> >      > be able to show it all working (!).
> >      >
> >      >     Tom
> >      >
> >      > On 10/24/10 11:30 PM, ch_luk at berkeley.edu
> >     <mailto:ch_luk at berkeley.edu> wrote:
> >      > > Hi Sarah,
> >      > >
> >      > >    Your work is really neat! Would you be willing to show us
> >     some of it
> >      > at
> >      > > a future cyborg meeting, perhaps next month? We hold monthly-ish
> >      > > meetings Sunday afternoons starting at 4 pm in the Noisebridge
> >     space
> >      > > (2169 Mission St). Might Nov. 7 or 21 work for you?
> >      > >
> >      > >    To the local Bay Area cyborgs, who's free Nov. 7 or Nov. 21?
> >     (I'm at a
> >      > > conference Nov. 14.)  It'd be great to have everyone
> >     show-and-tell their
> >      > > current work. Automated zebrafish heartbeat sensing, Todd? Eric
> >     and I
> >      > > should have a complete pulse choker prototype for you to try on
> >     by then.
> >      > > =)
> >      > >
> >      > >    To the remote cyborgs, book your plane tickets and visit! ;)
> >     Also,
> >      > what
> >      > > makes the EMG sensor you speak of specific for furry-tech,
> Mikolaj?
> >      > >
> >      > >    Sarah, does wanting to add electronic eyelashes or wings
> >     count in the
> >      > > adding-limbs-that-humans-don't-normally-have genre?
> >      > >
> >      > > Smiles,
> >      > >    Chung-Hay
> >      > >
> >      > >
> >      > >> I have some EMG stuff queued up to work on too. I met a
> >     gentleman at
> >      > PS:1
> >      > >> a
> >      > >> few months ago and we got each other enthusiastic enough that
> >     he has
> >      > >> prototyped up some EMG sensors specifically for furry-tech
> >     applications
> >      > (I
> >      > >> was going to start with articulated pointy ears, but tails were
> >      > definitely
> >      > >> on the wistfully desired list :). I'll be funding an initial
> >     run of
> >      > >> sensors
> >      > >> (probably no more than a dozen or so) when I get back to NYC;
> >     would be
> >      > >> happy
> >      > >> to send some to Noisebridge for experimentation if they'd be of
> >      > interest.
> >      > >>
> >      > >> m.
> >      > >>
> >      > >> On Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 9:11 AM, Sarah Nordstrom
> >      > >> <sarahemm at sarahemm.net <mailto:sarahemm at sarahemm.net>>wrote:
> >      > >>
> >      > >>> I was talking to Rachel (apologies if I've misspelled your
> >     name) at
> >      > >>> Noisebridge a couple days back, and we got talking about
> >     tails.  I
> >      > >>> started
> >      > >>> working on a tail with gyros and accelerometers in it a
> >     couple years
> >      > >>> back,
> >      > >>> to assist with balance (my inner ears don't work properly),
> >     and have
> >      > >>> been
> >      > >>> inspired to start working on that again! :) I said I'd post
> >     the links I
> >      > >>> was talking about, so here they are:
> >      > >>> The howto pages I talked about are at
> >      > >>> http://www.wolftronix.com/howto.htm
> >      > >>> and the bionic tail (using EMG data to control a tail)
> >     project is at
> >      > >>> http://www.wolftronix.com/biotail/biotail.htm.
> >      > >>>
> >      > >>> Anyone else interested in tails or other types of
> >      > >>> adding-limbs-that-humans-don't-normally-have? (or even limbs
> >     humans
> >      > *do*
> >      > >>> normally have?)
> >      > >>>
> >      > >>>   - Sarah
> >      > >>>
> >      > >>>
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