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NeuroSky MindWave Mobile BrainWave Starter Kit
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- Learn about your brainwaves, train your meditation, and develop your own applications with the Mindwave Mobile Wireless Headset
- Embedded BT/BLE dual mode module and compatible with iOS, Android, PC, and Mac.
- Detects raw-brainwaves, EEG power spectrums (Alpha, Beta, etc.), eSense meters for Attention, Meditation, and future algorithms
- More than 100 brain training games and educational apps available from the NeuroSky App Store
- Uses a single AAA Battery (Not included) for 8-hour battery run time
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Brainwave Starter Kit takes decades of laboratory EEG technology research and puts it in your hands. Simply slip on the headset and see your brainwaves change in real time. Monitor your levels of attention and relaxation, and learn about how your brain responds to your favorite music. With more than 100 brain training games and educational apps available through our store, there are plenty of options to choose from based on your age and personal interests. It's an excellent introduction to the world of brain-computer interface! The MindWave Mobile headset transfers data via Bluetooth to wirelessly communicate with your computer and mobile devices (iOS and Android). You can also write your own programs to interact with MindWave Mobile by using our free developmental tools (available online).
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From the results of our experiment, we have concluded that the NeuroSky headset system is not using alpha and beta waves to show changes in meditation and attention. Furthermore, I was able to hold the headset within my hands, and the software started reading brain waves of my hand, which is obviously incorrect.
We have determined from our study that the Neurosky system may be nothing more than a gimmick, and uses flashy words such as “brain EEG” to entice consumers into purchasing it.
If you have any questions about the lab or the study itself that was conducted to determine that this product may be a scam, the link to the scientific paper is below along with the link to the Neuroscience program at The University of Cincinnati.
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So no help coming from Neurosky. I can only guess that the previous reviews were using the previous headset and that one worked?
In fact, when they revealed that the headset was never going to work, they me to remove my 1 star rating because they are "trying". They are selling their "new" version of Mindwave Mobile, without noting that it is now "Mindwave Mobile PLUS", which you can only tell with the box open and the item in our hand looking at a sticker for a + sign. Also without revealing that there are no apps that work with this new model, that you will have to "wait" indefinitely until they can get third parties to write the apps.
I have apps, and I got the device to pair to my iPad and the meters check fine but the applications to actually use the thing do not see the device. And now I find out it isn't going to, these apps do not work with this headset. Beyond that, there is no reason why the new headset should not work with the apps if it works with the meters, the icon shows and actually turns off when I start the apps, so it seems that Neurosky has actually disabled the apps from working with the headset.
So which headset works with the apps I have? No answer from Neurosky support.
After shelling out $100 and wasting time and heart on it only to find out it never had a chance to work or anything close to "support", all they said was "Thank you for understanding". They didn't even answer the simple question: what does work?
I just noticed that the Users Guide has instructions for OS X back to 10.5.8, and I do have some Intel Macs running 10.6.5 so I am going to give that a whirl and will update here.
Update Dec 6 2016- I wrote to Neurosky as they asked below, 2 separate emails, one asking how I can get the headset that WORKS with iOS apps- and specifying the apps I have, and the other asking if its going to work with OS X.
Nothing from Neurosky, not even an auto-response to let me know they got my email.
Meanwhile I paired the headset to my MacBook Air (2009) running OS X 10.6.5. But it wont connect. The utiility, "ThinkGearConnector" wont load because it needs at least 10.7.
And the CD Rom User's Guide Says 10.7.5
but the packaging with the Mindwave plus says it only needs OS 10.5.8 and an Intel processor!!!!!!!!!
I will post images later. But its obvious, Neurosky changed this headset knowing it no longer works with previous iOS apps or Mac OS's (and from the recent posts from Android users, looks like they can't "connect" either).
So in December of 2016 you can buy a headset but you can't actually use it, Neurosky doesn't really support it.