We ran an experiment yesterday with the Neurosky Mindwave Mobile Headset and used the Puzzlebox Orbit helicopter for a portion of the experiment. Our goal was to better understand how the headset worked with live participants in an experiment situation. We are still gathering the data at this time, but will publish the unscientific results on this blog in the near future.
Our experiment consisted of 3 separate tasks set to test whether certain activities would enhance the attention/focus of the participants. Each task involved a Braingle.com memory test (the word test) and two of the tasks had brainwave information recorded for the participants using NeuroSky’s Recorder app. We used the iPad for each task — two of those tasks were for recording brainwave data and the other for operating the Orbit helicopter.
We found five willing participants who had never used the Neurosky headset nor the Orbit helicopter. So, for our N=5, we won’t be able to derive too much from the results, but we will be able to learn how to set up experiments for the headset and helicopter in the future which will be invaluable.
So, stay tuned for our unscientific results!