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BR41N.IO AT
ARS ELEC­TRO­NICA FESTIVAL 2019

September 7-8, 2019 at PostCity Linz, Austria

 

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BR41N.IO DESIGNERS’ HACKATHON AT
ARS ELECTRONICA 2019

 

BR41N.IO is a brainstorming and collaborative marathon designed to be a learning experience for  developers, technologists, engineers, students, artists, and scientists who cram and build brain-computer interface (BCI) applications together in teams. By putting creative minds from multiple disciplines together for a short period of time, BCI-related applications not readily thought of can be discovered and uncovered. 

There are several predefined projects at the BR41N.IO Designers' Hackathon, which the participants can choose to work on. Below, the projects are described in detail including hard- and software specifications as well as the number of possible participants for each project.  The Unicorn Brain Interface and the Unicorn Suite application are mostly used to realize BR41N.IO projects. However, additional software should already be installed on your personal laptop before you come to the hackathon.

Who can participate?

Anyone can participate who has interests in BMI, BCI, robotics, AR, VR, machine learning, computing, sensors, human-machine interface systems, control, signal processing, big data, haptics, rehabilitation, and similar areas. Participants do not have to be a BMI expert to participate on a team! Interdisciplinary teams with a combination of BMI and non-BMI skills are often successful in building solutions and producing working prototypes. 

Can I submit a different project?

Professional teams can also participate to develop applications during the BR41N.IO Designers' Hackathon to demonstrate full potential of some of the sponsored hardware/software. If you are looking for team members, your project will be included among the BR41N.IO projects below where people can apply for it. Submit your project to contact@br41n.io.

What's in there for me?

Be creative, think outside the box. The BR41N.IO Designers' Hackathon is fun and gets you to network and collaborate with other Geeks. Hackathon participants will get a Festivalpass for free.

The best BR41N.IO projects will be awarded with cash prizes:

  • 1st BR41N.IO Prize: $ 300
  • 2nd BR41N.IO Prize: $ 200
  • 3rd BR41N.IO Prize: $ 100
  • BR41N.IO IEEE Brain Prize: $ 1,000
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HACKATHON SCHEDULE

 

Saturday, September 7

10:00–10:30 Welcome
10:30–11:00 Current and future applications of
brain-computer interfaces

Christoph Guger
11:00–11:30 How to run a real-time BCI application
Christoph Guger
11:30–12:00 Unicorn Brain Interface Demonstration
Christoph Guger
12:00–13:00 Group formation
13:00 START BR41N.IO

Sunday, September 8

13:00 END BR41N.IO
13:00–15:00 Project presentations
15:00–15:30 Meeting Hackathon Jury
15:30–16:00 BR41N.IO Award Ceremony
Gerfried Stocker, Artistic Director
of Ars Electronica
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HACKATHON JURY

 

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Christoph Guger (AT)

g.tec neurotechnology GmbH
 

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Christa Sommerer (AT)

University of Arts and Design, Linz
 

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Alexander Egyed (AT)

Johannes Kepler University Linz
 

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Thomas Haslwanter (AT)

University of Applied Sciences, Linz
 

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Alois Ferscha (AT)

Johannes Kepler University Linz
 

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Chris Bruckmayr (AT)

Ars Electronica Solutions
 

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Christoph Hinterm├╝ller (AT)

Johannes Kepler University Linz
 

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Michael Altrichter (AT)

startup 300
 

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Alexander Satek (AT)

Deloitte Austria
 

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PROGRAMMING PROJECTS
 

Unicorn Speller: Smart Home

The Unicorn Brain Interface comes with the Unicorn Speller application that is using P300 paradigm to control electronic devices such as lamps, radios or television. Watch the video Unicorn Speller Smart Home.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Speller, electronic devices
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

 

Unity Rehab

Create a Unity based game that can be used for rehabilitation purposes.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unity
participants: 4 groups, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink), Basic graphics programming with Unity

 

Brain AI

This team investigates anxiety and fears from EEG of a person and programs an application that transfers brain signals to Virtual Reality in order to create or manipulate virtual spaces. Watch the video: Brain AI

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black
participants: 1 group, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (C#, Unity, Matlab, Simulink), VR

 

fNIRS and EEG Control

The team can use fNIRS (functional near-infrared spectroscopy) and EEG simultaneously to control BCI applications.

soft-/hardware: g.Nautilus fNIRS
participants: 1 group, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

 

Gin Tonic Robot

How do you like your Gin Tonic: Hendrick's, Botanist or Edinburgh Gin? Rosemary, cucumber, lime or pepper? Think of a Gin Tonic cocktail and have a robot mix and pour it over ice for you. Cheers!

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Suite
participants: 1 group, 3-5 people
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink, C#)

 

Sense & Stimulate the Brain

Stimulate the brain with tDCS to increase or mental performance and measure brain activity with EEG at the same time with the Unicorn Hybrid Black environment. 

soft-/hardware specifications: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Brain Stimulator
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink, C#)

 

Unity Games

Create your own Unity game that can be controlled with a brain-computer interface.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Suite, Unity
participants: 4 groups, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink), Basic graphics programming with Unity

 

Dream Painting

If you want to create a Dream Painting,  you have to wear a Unicorn Brain Interface while you sleep. When you wake up, you are able to create a picture based on EEG signals.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Painting
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
skills: Basic programming skills (Matlab, Simulink)

 

ARTS PROJECTS
 

Unicorn Painting

Create images according to your brain activity that you measure with the Unicorn Brain Interface.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, Unicorn Painting
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group

 

Design Unicorn Brain Interface with 3D Printers

Expand the Unicorn Brain Interface with your own 3D printed parts. Let them move, light, hold things or simply look nice. Watch the video 3D Headset Design.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, 3D printer, 3D freeware
participants: 2 groups, 3-5 people per group
Skills: Basic CAD

 

Design Unicorn Brain Interface with Sewing Machines

Give the Unicorn Brain Interface a new, fashionable look.

soft-/hardware: Unicorn Hybrid Black, sewing machines, fabrics and handicraft material
participants: 10 people

 

#Winners "Winners"

THAT WAS LINZ 2019. THANK YOU!

 

IEEE BRAIN WINNER

"Modular EEG for Unicorn"

The team created a 3D sculpture to fix EEG electrodes into a self made headset made with sewing machines.

Team members: Anna Kurzecka, JooYoung Oh, Carolin Vogler

1. PLACE WINNER

"Mindscapes"

The team used 8 EEG channels from the Unicorn to animate computer graphics and music .

Team members: Marcel Rose, Maximilian Kesslau, David Schwarzfeld, Katja Rempel

2. PLACE WINNER

"Brain AI"

The team used the Unicorn Hybrid Black to measure emotions and to create an interactive VR and video environment.

Team members: Dohee Jeon, Haly Dang, Uli Ap, Viktor Markstein, Negoita Adrian Vasile, Sibisanu Remus Constantin, Philip Popien, Anastasia Delidova

3. PLACE WINNER

"Auramaton"

The project realized a headset that is able to release scent according to brainwave activity.

Team member: Caroline McMillan