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May 08, 2024.
Innovate UK's Neurotechnology Conference 2024—A Glimpse into the Future of Brain Science
February 27, 2024, TheStudio Birmingham, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP The neurotechnology landscape is rapidly evolving, and Innovate UK's Neurotechnology Conference held in Birmingham was a testament to the vibrant innovation and collaborative spirit permeating this field. The conference not only showcased cutting-edge advancements but also provided a platform for experts to forge connections and explore potential partnerships.   By Olivia Fox BSci Biological Sciences at University of Birmingham   The conference was designed as a collaborative space for attendees to explore the latest neurotechnology innovations, engage with pioneers in the field, and forge partnerships that could drive the next wave of breakthroughs in this exciting field. The day was packed with insightful presentations and networking opportunities, highlighting the latest advancements and discussing the integration of these technologies into healthcare and beyond. Event Highlights and Insights The day was packed with presentations from leaders in the industry and academia, each providing unique insights into their work and the broader implications for health and technology. From biomagnetic sensing to neural stimulation and quantum sensors for brain imaging, the conference covered a broad spectrum of neurotechnology applications.   Highlighting the Experts   Dr. Emil Hewage – Pioneering AI in Neurotechnology Dr. Emil Hewage, the CEO & Founder of BIOS Health, delivered a compelling presentation on the integration of artificial intelligence with neurotechnology. His focus on 'AI as the key to the neural code' provided deep insights into how cutting-edge AI techniques are being used to decode and interact with complex neural signals. BIOS Health is leading the charge towards creating more intuitive and powerful neural interfaces. Jane Ollis – Stress Management through Neurodigital Tools Jane Ollis, the CEO & Founder of Mindspire, discussed the role of neurodigital technologies in managing stress and enhancing mental health. Her talk showcased how Mindspire’s innovative solutions are using neurotechnology to provide real-time stress management tools, illustrating the potential for these technologies to improve everyday health.  Prof. Kia Nazarpour – Innovations in Neural Prosthetics As the Chief Strategy Officer of Neuranics, Prof. Kia Nazarpour presented on the advancements in neural prosthetics and their integration into digital health systems. His insights into the development of devices that enhance or restore human capabilities highlighted the transformative potential of neural prosthetics.  Prof. Keith Mathieson – Advancements in Neurophotonics Professor Keith Mathieson, from the University of Strathclyde, provided an overview of the emerging field of neurophotonics. His role as the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies has positioned him at the forefront of developing technologies that use light to map and understand brain functions.  Dr. Luke Bashford & Dr. Anna Kowalczyk – Cutting-Edge Research in Neurotechnology Dr. Luke Bashford and Dr. Anna Kowalczyk, both esteemed academics in the field of neuroscience and neurotechnology, discussed their current research projects. Dr. Bashford, from the University of Newcastle, and Dr. Kowalczyk, from the University of Birmingham, covered a variety of topics including neural stimulation and the psychological aspects of neurotechnology applications. Rahman Shama, CEO of NeuroCreate, shared her compelling insights on achieving 'Flow' states through neurotechnology. NeuroCreate is at the forefront of developing AI-powered tools designed to enhance creativity and cognitive agility. Their platform leverages the neuroscientific principles underlying creative thinking, personalized by AI to augment and streamline work processes. By fostering 'Flow' states, NeuroCreate not only boosts productivity and efficiency but also enhances mood and wellbeing, effectively reducing stress. Rahman's discussion emphasized the transformative potential of wearable technologies in accessing these peak performance mental states, making a strong case for collaborative ventures with companies like Naxon to further explore relaxation and stress management applications. Dr Marcus Kaiser leads the Dynamic Connectome Lab - a research group dedicated to understanding the complex organization and dynamics of brain networks. Dr. Kaiser and his team disseminate their research findings, tools, and resources to the broader scientific community. The Dynamic Connectome Lab focuses on developing innovative methods for analyzing and modeling brain connectivity data, with a particular emphasis on dynamic changes in neural networks over time. "Changing Connectomes" explores the dynamic nature of brain networks and their implications for understanding brain function and dysfunction. His research sheds light on how changes in brain connectivity contribute to various neurological and psychiatric disorders, offering new insights into potential therapeutic interventions.  Other participants included Dr Charlie Appleby-Mallinder (Sector Engagement Manager – Medical & Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre), Dr Jacques Carolan (Programme Director, Advanced Research + Innovation Agency (ARIA)), Neurotech Networks, CloseNIT, CPNN+, N-CODE, Neuromod+ and Respect4Neurodevelopment.   One of the most exciting aspects of the conference was the enthusiasm for collaboration, shared by participants during networking breaks. Many attendees, including Naxon Labs' Olivia Fox, engaged in meaningful discussions that sparked ideas for potential research collaborations and technology development. Olivia, representing Naxon Labs at the event, highlighted the company's commitment to advancing neurotechnology through its innovative platforms like Naxon Explorer. Engaging with the ideas presented, she identified several opportunities where Naxon Labs could apply its technologies to the projects and initiatives discussed at the conference. Innovate UK's Neurotechnology Conference was not just a showcase of technological advancements but a beacon for future collaborations that could shape the landscape of neuroscience and healthcare. As we reflect on the knowledge shared and connections made, it's clear that the path forward is one of collaborative innovation. Naxon Labs remains at the forefront, ready to contribute to and benefit from these exciting developments. The journey of exploring the mind and enhancing human capabilities continues, with each discovery and partnership bringing us closer to understanding the complex tapestry of the human brain.
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April 12, 2024.
Understanding the Strategic Placement of Sensors on EEG devices
Electroencephalography (EEG) technology offers a window into the brain's intricate electrical activities, revealing insights into our mental states, emotions, and cognitive processes. Naxon of Labs has been working with this technology through the Muse headband, a portable EEG device, to gather valuable neuronal information. We will explore the details and the rationale behind the strategic placement of sensors on the Muse headband, which is instrumental in the functionality of our Naxon Explorer and Naxon Emotions platforms. We will provide a basic introduction to system 10-20 and system 10-10, as with the new approach of Naxon Labs we will be able to work in software for any EEG system. Finally, we provide a summary of the placement of sensors in the Neuphony device, another partner with whom we are working with.   By Olivia Fox BSci Biological Sciences at University of Birmingham   International 10–20 system The 10-20 System is named for the method of determining electrode locations based on percentages of the distance across the skull. This ensures that electrodes are systematically placed at either 10% or 20% intervals of the total front-back or right-left distance of the head. This methodical approach allows for the detailed mapping of the brain's electrical activity during different states such as sleep and wakefulness. These measurements begin at key anatomical landmarks like the nasion (the area just above the bridge of the nose) and the inion (the highest point of the skull at the back). Electrodes in the 10-20 System are labeled according to the brain region they cover, with letters representing different areas (Fp for pre-frontal, F for frontal, T for temporal, P for parietal, O for occipital, and C for central). Additional labels include "Z" for midline electrodes, odd numbers for electrodes on the left side of the head, even numbers for those on the right, and "A" or "M" for those placed near the mastoid process behind the ear. The positioning and labeling of electrodes are critical for interpreting EEG data accurately. For instance, the TP9 and TP10 sensors on the Muse headband correspond to the temporal regions, crucial for emotional processing, while AF7 and AF8 cover the prefrontal cortex, important for emotion regulation. This alignment with the 10-20 System ensures that data collected from the Muse headband can be integrated and compared with broader EEG research and applications. Understanding the 10-20 System's intricacies, including measurements from nasion to inion and preauricular points, and the specific placement of electrodes around the skull, enhances our ability to capture and analyze brain activity reliably. This knowledge base supports the effective use of EEG technology in both clinical and research settings, providing a foundation for advancements in neuroscience and neurotechnology. Figure 1: International 10–20 system The Muse headband is equipped with four primary sensors, thoughtfully positioned to optimize the monitoring of various brain activities. These sensors detect the electrical signals generated by thoughts, emotions, actions, and reactions, enabling the analysis of brainwave patterns that correspond to different mental states such as relaxation, concentration, and emotional responses. Here's an in-depth look at the sensor positions and their importance: 1. TP9 and TP10: Temporal Lobes Location: Just behind the ears, covering the left and right temporal lobes. Importance: The temporal lobes are vital for emotional processing, including the interpretation of emotional speech cues, recognition of facial expressions, and formation of emotional memories. Sensors TP9 and TP10 help capture brain responses to emotional stimuli, offering insights into how emotional content is processed, whether through auditory or visual cues. 2. AF7 and AF8: Prefrontal Cortex Location: On the forehead, adjacent to the hairline, situated over the prefrontal cortex on both sides. Importance: The prefrontal cortex is key to regulating and controlling emotions. The data from sensors AF7 and AF8 shed light on emotional regulation processes, revealing the mechanisms of emotion expression and management.   Higher resolution with System 10-10 For applications requiring more detailed brain activity mapping, the 10-10 system offers a higher resolution extension of the traditional 10-20 system, doubling the number of electrodes to capture more nuanced electrical patterns of the brain. This enhancement allows for a more granular analysis of cerebral functions and disorders, bridging the gap between broad regional monitoring and specific neural pathway observations. In the 10-10 system, electrode placements are refined using a 10% division scale to introduce intermediate sites between the established 10-20 system locations. This denser grid enables a more precise localization of brain activity, essential for advanced research studies, detailed clinical diagnostics, and neurofeedback applications. The Modified Combinatorial Nomenclature (MCN) introduces additional labeling for these new intermediate positions, expanding the vocabulary of electrode sites. Figure 2: 10–10 system The MCN employs numerical designations (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) to denote percentages of distance across the left hemisphere from the inion to the nasion, adding specificity to the electrode's scalp location. New alphabetic codes delineate areas between traditional 10-20 sites, offering insights into regions previously generalized in broader categories: AF (Anterior Frontal): Situated between the prefrontal (Fp) and frontal (F) regions, providing insights into prefrontal cortex activities that underpin decision-making, social behavior, and personality. FC (Fronto-Central): Located between the frontal (F) and central (C) areas, crucial for motor function control and higher cognitive processes. FT (Fronto-Temporal): Bridges the frontal (F) and temporal (T) regions, key for understanding the integration of auditory information and language processing. CP (Centro-Parietal): Nestled between central (C) and parietal (P) lobes, significant for sensory integration and spatial orientation. TP (Temporo-Parietal): Between temporal (T) and parietal (P) lobes, important for auditory perception, language comprehension, and social cognition. PO (Parieto-Occipital): Lies between parietal (P) and occipital (O) regions, essential for visual processing integration. Additionally, the MCN revises the labeling of some electrodes to align with this expanded framework, renaming T3 to T7, T4 to T8, T5 to P7, and T6 to P8, thereby enhancing the specificity of temporal and parietal monitoring. For even more detailed brain activity analysis, a "5% system" or "10-5 system" has been proposed, further increasing the number of electrodes and potentially offering unprecedented insights into the brain's electrical dynamics. This evolution in EEG electrode placement systems underscores the continual advancement in neurotechnology, striving for a deeper understanding of the brain's complex workings. Naxon Explorer is an affordable, useful tool and neurofeedback system for researchers in Neuroscience, Psychology, Medicine, Engineering and Information Technology. It is a web platform dedicated to exploring brain data taken with portable electroencephalographs (portable EEGs from Interaxon – Muse devices), where both an experienced researcher or recently graduated professional can easily explore the brain. Figure 3: Muse II EEG device from Interaxon   The central part of the platform is displayed where you visualize brain wave data in real time on a graph of voltage and time, divided by channel. Figure 4: Naxon Explorer output for Muse devices   Naxon Emotions is a tool to objectively measure and record a person's emotions and cognitive states in real time and at low cost using portable electroencephalography (EEG) headbands. This real-time emotion recognition system is based on neurophysiological data from EEG, cloud computing and AI. Measuring concentration and alertness: Naxon Emotions can be used to measure and record in real time the state of concentration and alertness of a person. This record can be viewed on the platform or downloaded in an Excel format for further analysis with other tools. The possibilities of using these records are multiple, such as providing support and brain correlates to psychometric measures, evaluating clinical interventions, conducting field research in the area of neuromarketing, among others.   Figure 5 : Naxon Emotions output using Muse devices The Neuphony Desktop Application integrates seamlessly with Neuphony's EEG devices, utilizing electrode placements that are pivotal for analyzing brainwave data effectively. Focusing on electrodes Fp1, Fp2, F3, F4, Fz, and Pz, this application leverages the strategic positioning of these sensors to capture detailed neurological activity and cognitive states, offering a comprehensive view of an individual's cognitive health.   Electrode Placement and Functionality: Fp1 and Fp2 (Pre-frontal): Positioned on the forehead, these electrodes monitor the prefrontal cortex, a region associated with higher cognitive functions, decision-making, and personality. This area's activity is crucial for understanding cognitive states such as concentration and stress levels. F3 and F4 (Frontal): Located on the frontal lobe, these electrodes are essential for assessing cognitive processes related to problem-solving, emotion, and motor function. The frontal lobe plays a significant role in emotional regulation, making these electrodes valuable for studies on mood and affective states. Fz (Frontal Midline): This electrode, positioned at the midline of the frontal lobe, is instrumental in capturing symmetrical brain activity related to cognitive load and attention. It provides balanced insights into frontal lobe dynamics, essential for tasks requiring concentration and focus. Pz (Parietal Midline): Situated at the midline of the parietal lobe, Pz is crucial for processing sensory information and spatial orientation. This electrode's data contribute to understanding how individuals interact with and perceive their environment, influencing cognitive functions like navigation and manipulation of objects.   Utilizing Electrode Data for Cognitive Insights: The Neuphony Desktop Application harnesses the data from these electrodes to offer real-time EEG monitoring and cognitive insights. By analyzing band power across different brain regions, the application can discern patterns related to focus, relaxation, vigilance, and mental fatigue. This is particularly valuable in wellness centers and research settings where understanding the nuances of cognitive states can enhance therapeutic interventions or scientific studies.   Advanced Features for In-depth Analysis: Import/Export of .edf Files: Allows for the integration of brainwave data into broader research frameworks, facilitating longitudinal studies and cross-session analyses. Multiple Experiment Support: Enables diverse studies, from cognitive response tests to sensory processing, leveraging the specific electrode placements for targeted insights. Session Playback and Band Power Analysis: Offers the ability to revisit recorded sessions for detailed examination and understand the spectral content of brainwaves, which is pivotal for recognizing patterns associated with various cognitive states. Real-Time EEG and Cognitive Insights: Provides immediate feedback on neurological activity, enabling dynamic adjustments in therapeutic or research protocols based on observed brainwave patterns. The Neuphony Desktop Application, coupled with strategic electrode placements, represents a powerful tool for advancing our understanding of the brain's intricate workings. By focusing on key areas like the pre-frontal and frontal lobes, and employing advanced analysis features, Neuphony opens up new possibilities for cognitive health research and wellness applications.   Figure 6: Electrodes in Neuphony devices   References: 10–20 system (EEG) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10%E2%80%9320_system_(EEG) Visualizing brain wave data in real time https://naxonlabs.com/blog/visualizing-brain-wave-data-in-real-time Measuring concentration and alertness with Naxon Emotions https://naxonlabs.com/blog/measuring-concentration-and-alertness-with-naxon-emotions Analyzing Brainwaves Data with Neuphony Desktop Application https://naxonlabs.com/blog/analyzing-brainwaves-data-neuphony-desktop-application
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February 14, 2024.
Software Development and Artificial Intelligence for Neurotechnology
Revolutionizing Neurotechnology with Software Development and AI: Naxon Labs' Vision for 2024   Innovating at the Intersection of Neurotechnology and Artificial Intelligence Naxon Labs stands at the forefront of a thrilling evolution as we enter 2024, marking a pivotal moment in our commitment to innovation within the realm of neurotechnology. After years of pioneering work with our flagship products, Naxon Explorer and Naxon Emotions, we are shifting our focus towards harnessing the power of software development and artificial intelligence to push the boundaries of neuroscience research and applications.   The Journey So Far Our journey began with a vision to make neuroscience accessible and actionable through technology. Naxon Explorer and Naxon Emotions were the first steps towards realizing this vision, offering tools for detailed brainwave analysis and real-time emotion recognition. These technologies provided invaluable insights into the complexities of human cognition and emotion, serving as a catalyst for our next leap forward.   A New Era of Neurotechnology The fusion of neurotechnology with software development and artificial intelligence (AI) opens up unprecedented opportunities for advancing our understanding of the brain. Naxon Labs is excited to lead this charge by offering a suite of services designed to empower researchers, clinicians, and innovators in the neuroscience field:   Custom Software Development: We’re dedicated to creating bespoke software solutions tailored to the unique needs of neuroscience research. From sophisticated algorithms for data analysis to intuitive platforms for experimental management, our goal is to enhance the efficiency and impact of neuroscience research. Machine Learning for Neuroscience: By applying machine learning techniques to neuroscience data, we aim to unlock new insights and predictive models that can transform our approach to understanding neural mechanisms and disorders. Data Science Consultation: Our team of experts offers consultation services to guide the collection, preprocessing, and analysis of neuroscience data, ensuring the highest standards of data integrity and scientific validity. Neuroinformatics Solutions: We’re developing comprehensive platforms for data management and analysis, designed to facilitate collaboration, data sharing, and the discovery of novel insights within the neuroscience community. Researcher Training and Support: Recognizing the importance of knowledge transfer, we provide training programs and continuous support for researchers navigating the complexities of new technologies and methodologies in neurotechnology.   Charting the Future Together   The potential of integrating software development and AI with neurotechnology is vast and largely untapped. Naxon Labs is committed to exploring this potential, driven by our passion for innovation and the promise of delivering transformative solutions to the neuroscience community.   We invite researchers, clinicians, and technology enthusiasts to join us in this exciting journey. Together, we can unlock new dimensions of understanding the brain, paving the way for new breakthroughs in neuroscience.
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February 12, 2024.
Reflecting on 2023's Milestones and Looking Forward
As we navigate through the early days of 2024, it's an opportune time to look back at the significant strides Naxon Labs made in 2023. The year at Naxon Labs was defined by innovative breakthroughs, strategic collaborations, and an expanded global presence that underscored our commitment to advancing neurotechnology. Here’s a recap of our pivotal moments from 2023 and a glimpse into what's on the horizon.   Strategic Partnerships and Innovative Projects Academic Collaborations and Research Initiatives Our partnerships with academic institutions, including Universitat de les Illes Balears, have been instrumental in propelling research and development at the intersection of neuroscience and technology. These collaborations have paved the way for new explorations and discoveries, reinforcing our mission to merge scientific inquiry with technological advancement.   UVJIA: Fostering Interdisciplinary Research The establishment of the Video Games and Artificial Intelligence Innovation Unit (UVJIA) marked a significant step in our journey towards creating a hub for interdisciplinary research. This initiative has not only enriched the academic landscape but also underscored our dedication to exploring the confluence of gaming, AI, and neurotechnology.   Engagements with IIT Mandi iHub and HCI Foundation Our collaboration with IIT Mandi iHub and HCI Foundation highlighted our commitment to innovation in neurotechnology and human-computer interaction. This partnership is poised to unlock new synergies and drive advancements that redefine our interactions with technology.   The Reciprocal Brains Project and Dementia Research Projects like Walid Breidi's Reciprocal Brains and our collaborative research with the University of Aveiro have showcased our efforts in using neurotechnology for artistic expression and social impact, particularly in addressing challenges related to dementia through innovative approaches to reminiscence therapy.   Neurotechnology devices Naxon Labs continued promoting Naxon Explorer and Naxon Emotions which run on top of Muse devices. There are advanced tools that can be used to integrate many technologies, including virtual reality. Also, we have introducing how to explore brain waves with Neuphony products and its software applications.   Expanding Our Global Footprint   Engagements in New Zealand Our activities in New Zealand have played a crucial role in fostering global dialogue on neuroscientific advancements. By getting to know local neurotechnology developments, we've shared insights and absorbed diverse perspectives, enriching our understanding and contributions to the field.   NeuroFrance 2023 in Lyon, France Getting to know the NeuroFrance 2023 conference in Lyon allowed us to connect with global discussions on neuroscience. This engagement not only reinforced our position but also connected us with the international neurotechnology community, capturing knowledge and insights.   Visit to CogLab in Paris Our visit to CogLab in Paris in May 2023 stands out as a highlight of the year. Hosted by Hans and engaging with the vibrant community at CogLab and NeuroTechX Paris, we explored potential collaborations and shared visions for the future of neurotechnology. This visit underscored the importance of community and collaboration in driving forward the field of neurotechnology.   Looking Ahead to 2024   As we move into 2024, Naxon Labs is poised for a year of continued innovation, collaboration, and exploration. Our experiences in 2023 have set a solid foundation for further growth and development. We are committed to enhancing our tools, forging new partnerships, and exploring new avenues that bridge neuroscience with practical applications in everyday life. The advancements of the past year serve as a springboard for the exciting possibilities that lie ahead. With a focus on expanding our global collaborations and continuing to innovate at the intersection of art, science, and technology, we are on a path to redefine the boundaries of what's possible in neurotechnology. Join us as we continue to push the frontiers of discovery and innovation in 2024 and beyond. At Naxon Labs, the future is bright, and we are just getting started.
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February 12, 2024.
Naxon Labs at CogLab: Fostering Innovation in Neurotechnology
In May 2023, Naxon Labs had the privilege of visiting CogLab in Paris, a beacon of innovation and collaboration in the cognitive sciences and neurotechnology community. Hosted by Hans Rajoharison, a key figure at CogLab and coordinator for NeuroTechX Europe, our visit underscored the shared vision and potential for future collaborations between Naxon Labs and CogLab.   Exploring the Intersection of Cognitive Sciences and Neurotechnology CogLab, under the stewardship of founders including Romain Rouyer and Hans Rajoharison, is a vibrant community dedicated to exploring the realms of cognitive sciences through a unique blend of DIY philosophy, citizen science, and digital arts. Their mission aligns closely with Naxon Labs' objectives: to advance the understanding and application of neurotechnologies in a manner that is open, accessible, and community-driven.   The CogLab and NeuroTechX Paris Initiative CogLab, in partnership with NeuroTechX Paris, has established itself as a crucial hub for enthusiasts, hackers, and experts passionate about neurotechnologies. They regularly host HackNight events, fostering an environment where knowledge sharing and collective project development flourish. This open and low-tech approach not only democratizes access to neurotechnology but also stimulates innovation and creativity within the field. The Meetup information can be found in this link. The team and activites run in the Makerlab Paris, 8 Bis Rue Charles V, Paris.   A Synergy of Goals and Projects   During our visit, we were inspired by the range of activities and projects spearheaded by CogLab. From their commitment to open-source principles and their active involvement in DIY cognitive science projects to the organization of hackathons and educational masterclasses, CogLab is at the forefront of making neurotechnology accessible and engaging. Their active projects, like Autispace, showcase a communal effort to leverage technology for social good, resonating with Naxon Labs' mission to create tools that benefit society at large.   Naxon Labs and CogLab: A Path Forward Our visit to CogLab was not only a meeting of minds but also a confluence of shared ambitions. The enthusiasm and expertise displayed by Hans, and the entire CogLab developments have laid the groundwork for potential collaborations that could bridge the gap between neurotechnology research and practical, community-focused applications. As Naxon Labs continues to develop advanced tools for EEG data analysis and emotion recognition, the insights and projects at CogLab offer a valuable perspective on the real-world applications of these technologies. The possibility of integrating Naxon Labs' tools with CogLab's initiatives presents an exciting avenue for both organizations to enhance the impact of neurotechnology on society.   Looking Ahead: Collaborative Innovations   As we move forward, grounded in our visit and the warm reception by Hans, holds the promise of fostering groundbreaking innovations in neurotechnology. In the spirit of our fruitful engagement with CogLab and NeuroTechX Paris, Naxon Labs looks forward to a future where our collaborative efforts contribute to the flourishing landscape of neurotechnology. Our visit to Paris was just the beginning, and we are excited about what our combined efforts will achieve for the cognitive sciences and neurotechnology community.
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February 09, 2024.
Merging Virtual Reality with Neurotechnology: Pioneering Neuroscience Applications
In the evolving landscape of neurotechnology, virtual reality (VR) is emerging as a transformative tool, blending seamlessly with advanced neurotechnological tools to push the boundaries of neuroscience applications. From the academic halls of Spain's Universitat de les Illes Balears to the innovative research teams in Portugal's Universidade de Aveiro, and reaching the cutting-edge developments from AppliedVR and Kernel in Los Angeles, VR is setting new frontiers in understanding and treating complex neurological conditions.   Universitat de les Illes Balears: Leading the Charge in VR and Neurotechnology At the Universitat de les Illes Balears, the work led by Dr. Francisco J. Perales López, alongside his colleagues Dr. Pere Antoni Borras Rotger and Dr. Francisca Negre Bennasar, epitomizes the integration of VR with neurotechnology. This team has been instrumental in exploring the therapeutic applications of VR, particularly focusing on its potential to significantly improve conditions such as CP, autism, ADHD, and more. Using Naxon Labs' innovative tools, they've embarked on projects that apply technology to therapeutic subjects, demonstrating how VR and neurofeedback can be harnessed to create impactful therapeutic interventions. One notable project involves the creation of immersive VR environments that facilitate emotional state modulation through visual and auditory stimuli. By employing Naxon Labs' platforms, such as the Naxon Explorer and the Emotions platform, the research team can precisely monitor and analyze brainwave data in real-time. This collaboration not only showcases the practical applications of combining VR with neurotechnology but also highlights Naxon Labs' role in advancing neuroscience research. Iker López's development of a software application, which ingeniously integrates binaural waves and neurofeedback techniques, marks a pivotal advancement in mental health care support. By leveraging auditory stimuli configured to various brainwave frequencies and applying neurofeedback as a brain activity training technique, this project illuminates the pathway to modifying user mental activity effectively. The immersive nature of VR, coupled with the elimination of external distractions, offers a controlled and deeply engaging experience, promoting relaxation and heightened attention. This project's success is further evidenced by its objective evaluation of mental states, enabled by the integration of non-invasive EEG devices like the Muse Band 2. This approach allows for real-time monitoring of brain activity changes throughout the VR sessions, providing tangible insights into the application's impact on users' emotional states. The collaboration between UIB and Naxon Labs, through this initiative, exemplifies the seamless fusion of academic research and practical application, driving forward the exploration of VR's capabilities in neurotechnology. In addition to their groundbreaking work in VR and neurotechnology, Dr. Francisco J. Perales López has taken a significant step forward with the establishment of UJVIA (Unit for Video Games and Artificial Intelligence Innovation) at the Universitat de les Illes Balears. This initiative aims to foster innovation in the fields of video games and artificial intelligence, with a strong emphasis on their applications in various social and therapeutic contexts. Naxon Labs is proud to be an active member of UJVIA, collaborating closely with Dr. Perales and his team. This partnership underscores our commitment to exploring new frontiers in neurotechnology and expanding the impact of our work beyond traditional research settings, leveraging the power of video games and AI to create meaningful, real-world applications.   AppliedVR: A Glimpse into VR's Potential in Chronic Pain Management In Los Angeles, AppliedVR's pioneering collaboration with Kernel Flow has cast a spotlight on virtual reality's transformative role in chronic pain management. Their clinical study, centered on individuals with chronic low back pain (CLBP), marks a significant advancement in medical research, illustrating that VR can elicit substantial changes in brain activity linked to pain relief. The partnership between AppliedVR and Kernel Flow merges VR's immersive therapeutic potential with state-of-the-art brain imaging, setting new directions for pain treatment. The findings from this collaboration have been groundbreaking, showing not only a decrease in pain but also notable physiological changes such as reduced breathing rates among participants engaged in active VR treatment. This shift in brain activation coherence underlines VR's capability to do more than distract from pain—it fundamentally alters the brain's perception of it. Such insights are crucial for developing non-pharmacological approaches to pain management, highlighting VR's capacity to make meaningful interventions in chronic pain conditions. The success of AppliedVR's study with Kernel Flow underscores the value of interdisciplinary efforts in pushing healthcare technology forward. By blending AppliedVR's VR therapy expertise with Kernel Flow's advanced neuroimaging, the project exemplifies the potential of integrating diverse technological and scientific domains. This collaborative approach not only opens up new avenues for treating chronic pain but also demonstrates how innovative technologies can tackle some of the most pressing challenges in healthcare. As AppliedVR continues to navigate the frontiers of VR in medical applications, their ongoing research and development are poised to inspire additional studies, potentially bringing hope to millions affected by chronic pain worldwide. The implications of their work extend far beyond pain management, suggesting a future where VR and related technologies play a central role in various aspects of medicine and therapy.   Universidade de Aveiro: Enhancing Lives with VR and Neuroscience In Portugal, the Universidade de Aveiro's groundbreaking research, led by Francisco Reis, Pedro Reisinho, and Rui Raposo, further exemplifies the synergy between VR and neurotechnology. Focused on addressing the challenges posed by dementia, their work leverages immersive VR experiences to stimulate oral communication competencies and assess potential improvements in psychological well-being among dementia patients. By integrating the Muse 2 headband with Naxon Labs' Emotions platform, they've crafted a multidisciplinary approach that combines interactive narratives, VR, and neurofeedback to guide interventions in real-time. Universidade de Aveiro, under the guidance of researchers Francisco Reis, Pedro Reisinho, and Rui Raposo, is harnessing the power of VR to pioneer reminiscence therapy techniques for individuals with dementia. Reminiscence therapy, a therapeutic approach that involves recalling and discussing past experiences, is significantly enhanced through VR technology, offering immersive experiences that can evoke powerful memories and emotions. This method allows participants to virtually revisit familiar settings or relive past experiences, thereby facilitating a connection with memories that might otherwise be difficult to access due to the progression of dementia. The collaboration with Naxon Labs enables the research team to employ immersive experiences effectively, stimulating memory recall and offering new hope for dementia therapy. By integrating VR into reminiscence therapy, the team at Aveiro is not only able to stimulate oral communication competencies but also to assess and potentially improve the psychological well-being of dementia patients. The application of Naxon Labs' tools, particularly in capturing and analyzing emotional responses during these VR sessions, further enriches the therapy by providing valuable insights into the emotional states of participants, enabling a tailored therapeutic approach. This innovative research not only sheds light on the impact of reminiscence therapy but also pioneers the use of neurofeedback to enhance the lives of individuals grappling with dementia. This groundbreaking work by the Universidad de Aveiro represents a significant advancement in dementia care, illustrating the profound impact of combining traditional therapeutic techniques with modern VR technology.   The merging of VR with neurotechnology tools across various neuroscience applications is paving the way for groundbreaking developments in the field. Whether it's the therapeutic interventions explored by the Universitat de les Illes Balears, the chronic pain management studies by AppliedVR, or the dementia research conducted at the Universidad de Aveiro, each initiative highlights the immense potential of VR in advancing our understanding and treatment of neurological conditions. With the support of tools from Naxon Labs, researchers and clinicians are equipped to explore new horizons in neuroscience, offering hope and innovative solutions to those in need.
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February 09, 2024.
From Brainwaves to Excel: Unveiling Neurological Secrets with Naxon Explorer and Muse
In today’s era of neuroscientific exploration, the journey from collecting brainwave data to analyzing it in Excel has been revolutionized by tools like Naxon Explorer in conjunction with Muse wearable devices. This potent combination not only democratizes the process of EEG data collection but also opens up sophisticated avenues for data visualization and in-depth analysis through familiar and powerful platforms like Microsoft Excel.   Naxon Explorer: Your Portal to Comprehensive Brain Data Analysis Naxon Explorer stands at the forefront of neurotechnology tools, facilitating the exploration of EEG data for researchers and enthusiasts across diverse fields such as Neuroscience, Psychology, Medicine, Engineering, and Information Technology. This web-based platform simplifies the complex process of EEG data collection and analysis, making it accessible to both seasoned researchers and novices in the field.   Visualizing Brain Activity in Real-Time With Naxon Explorer, users can monitor brainwave data in real time, presented through intuitive graphs that display voltage over time, segmented by EEG channels. The platform's user-friendly interface allows for on-the-fly adjustments to parameters such as notch, high-pass, and low-pass filters, enhancing the clarity and relevance of the data being collected. Furthermore, Naxon Explorer's sensitivity and time window adjustments, coupled with its blink and clench detection features, offer an unparalleled level of control and precision in EEG data visualization.   The Power of CSV: Deep Diving into Data with Excel A standout feature of Naxon Explorer is its ability to export EEG sessions into CSV files, which can then be imported into Excel for further analysis. This functionality bridges the gap between raw data collection and detailed data exploration, providing users with the tools to perform advanced analyses and gain deeper insights into neurological patterns.   Deciphering the CSV File Structure The CSV files generated by Naxon Explorer are structured to offer a comprehensive overview of EEG data in a format that is both accessible and detailed. Here’s a closer look at the typical columns and their meanings: Timestamp: Marks the exact time at which each data point was recorded, providing a chronological framework for the session. Channel Data: Each column corresponds to a specific EEG channel (e.g., FP1, FP2, T7, T8), containing the voltage readings from that electrode. This setup allows for the analysis of activity across different brain regions. Frequency Bands: Some CSV formats include columns for different frequency bands (delta, theta, alpha, beta, gamma), offering insights into the predominant types of brain activity during the session. Event Markers: Columns dedicated to event markers denote specific instances or stimuli during the recording, enabling users to correlate external events with neurological responses. This structured approach to data presentation not only facilitates a granular analysis of brainwave patterns but also allows for the application of statistical analyses, pattern recognition, and even machine learning models within Excel. Researchers can leverage Excel’s extensive toolkit to perform tasks ranging from simple graphical representations to complex computational analyses.   Harnessing Excel for Neuroscientific Breakthroughs Integrating Naxon Explorer’s capabilities with the analytical power of Excel propels neuroscientific research into new realms of possibility. By exporting EEG data into Excel, researchers can utilize a familiar platform to uncover novel insights, establish correlations, and even predict neurological outcomes based on empirical data.   Starting Your Neuroscientific Exploration Embark on a journey of discovery with Naxon Explorer and Muse, and unlock the full potential of your neuroscientific research. With the ease of collecting, visualizing, and analyzing brainwave data in Excel, the mysteries of the mind are more accessible than ever.   Dive deep into the neurological data with Naxon Explorer and transform your findings into actionable insights with Excel. Begin your exploration today and contribute to the ever-expanding field of neuroscience.
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November 10, 2023.
Taking an Immersive Emotional Stroll Down Memory Lane
In a groundbreaking endeavor led by researchers Francisco Reis, Pedro Reisinho, and Rui Raposo from the University of Aveiro, an innovative approach is being employed to address the challenges posed by dementia. Their ongoing research explores the intersection of interactive narratives, virtual reality, and neuroscience, aiming to enhance the lives of individuals grappling with dementia. Leveraging cutting-edge technology, including the Muse 2 headband and Naxon Labs' Emotions platform, the team seeks to employ immersive experiences to stimulate oral communication competencies and assess the potential for improving psychological well-being among participants. This multidisciplinary initiative not only sheds light on the impact of reminiscence therapy but also pioneers the use of neurofeedback to guide interventions in real-time. The collaborative efforts of this research team underscore the transformative potential of merging technology and compassionate care in the realm of dementia studies.   By Franscisco Reis, Pedro Reisinho and Rui Raposo   The global population is witnessing a significant increase in the prevalence of individuals aged 65 and above, primarily attributable to the rising average life expectancy in recent decades. This demographic transition has brought to the forefront a growing incidence of age-related illnesses, with dementia being of particular concern (Fishman, 2017). Currently, approximately 57 million people are estimated to have their daily lives impacted by dementia, and projections indicate that this number will triple by 2050 (Nichols et al., 2022), considering that nearly ten million new cases are diagnosed each year, with Alzheimer’s disease representing 60-70% of these diagnoses (World Health Organization, 2017). As the number of dementia cases continues to increase, there are worrisome repercussions stemming from the recent pandemic. The constraints imposed by the COVID-19 containment measures were imperative for reducing the number of viral cases and controlling the pandemic, in addition to the undeniable importance of lowering the mortality rate among risk groups. Nevertheless, in these risk groups, particularly in elderly people with dementia, short-term side effects from social isolation, such as increased levels of agitation and apathy, have been observed (Emmerton & Abdelhafiz, 2021; Manca et al., 2020). In addition, internet reliance has become a transversal aspect of various processes in our daily lives. Varying according to the extent of affectation, the inability to use web-based digital platforms to perform something as crucial as communicating with others has pushed people living with dementia into a more fragile situation than the one they face daily (Manca et al., 2020), exacerbating their sense of loneliness (Emmerton & Abdelhafiz, 2021) due abrupt and harsh changes in their social activities with family and friends. Thus, in this scenario, not only does it become impossible to estimate, in the medium and long term, the neurological impact that COVID-19 will have on people currently living with the condition (Ghaffari et al., 2021), but also how it will influence the number of new cases diagnosed. Faced with the inexistence of a pharmacological solution for reversing the gradual evolution of the symptoms associated with the condition, research has also looked upon non-pharmacological methods (Algar et al., 2016), as possible method for mitigating and delaying the progressive loss of quality of life of those affected.   This is the context in which doctoral student and researcher Pedro Reisinho, under the supervision of Professor Rui Raposo and Professor Nelson Zagalo from the Department of Communication and Art, and Professor Oscar Ribeiro from the Department of Education and Psychology, all from the University of Aveiro, has been developing his thesis. Pedro’s PhD research in Information and Communication in Digital Platforms, funded by the National Foundation for Science and Technology, focuses precisely on the potential of merging interactive narratives and virtual reality as reminiscence instrumentsfor people with dementia. By engaging users with memory-related content during reminiscence therapy sessions, the project aims not only to stimulate oral communication competencies but also to assess the potential for improving their psychological well-being, as well as attenuating and delaying behavioural and psychological symptoms associated with dementia. The virtual reminiscence model proposed consists of a structured program comprising a minimum of ten sessions that resort to reminiscence tools and techniques which integrate and explore immersive personal experiences. Eight sessions are dedicated to enabling each participant to explore virtual story worlds tailored to their life story and collect "memories" by taking photographs with a virtual camera. Participants are encouraged to share stories about what is happening or whatever they feel like sharing. During the last two sessions, the participants are asked to share with the research team the stories associated with the memories collected in photographs throughout the previous sessions. After completing the program, participants will have the possibility to keep the collected memories, meanwhile printed out, and share them with family and friends. To aid the data collection, the research conducted will also collect data from a portable electroencephalography device, the Muse 2, with the aid of Naxon Labs' Emotions platform. The emotional monitoring of the participants’ emotional states will enable the research team to access real-time information regarding the participants’ experience and their responses to various stimuli presented throughout the sessions. This will allow the team to intervene and try to mitigate potential adverse effects resulting from the re-experience of memories associated with negative emotions.   Some exploratory studies have already been conducted in this context through the work done by Francisco Reis, a student from the Master Program in Multimedia Communication at the University of Aveiro. Francisco’s work focused on studying the effect that immersive experiences with 360º audiovisual content had on users and their oral communication activities during the experience. Participants in the study were provided with two short 360º clips without previously knowing what they were going to see. The first video had little or no relation with the participants’ personal memories, while the second video included footage of a place well known by the participants and chosen with the help of the participants’ family or friends. When presented with the first video, the participants only talked when they were asked questions about what they were seeing. On the other hand, when presented with footage of a well-known place from their past, the second video, the participants would spontaneously start to talk and share stories about memories connected with it.   Exploratory sessions at University of Aveiro. The participant is using the Muse 2 headband and a Virtual Reality set. The Muse 2 headband is connected to Naxon Emotions platform which displays the data in the laptop.   Naxon Emotions applications as displayed during the sessions.   The virtual reality environment showed to the participants during the sessions.   While all of this was happening, the Muse 2 headband and the Emotions software were providing a glimpse as to what the participant was feeling at the time. It was very interesting to see that while reminiscing about the place and the stories that took place there, the participants would experience peaks of joy that, sometimes, would shift into a state of momentary sadness. The results attained were considered a great proof of concept as to the possibilities presented by this sort of experience as a therapeutic tool worth further exploring in the context of people with dementia. It is relevant to outline that the participants in Francisco Reis’ study did not have dementia. The study did, however, provide evidence that this sort of immersive experience could and should be considered as a possible complementary activity for people with dementia as a means of stimulating their oral communication competencies and, consequently, possibly contributing to the delay of the deterioration of those same competencies.   In the next phase of our research, our plan involves conducting the initial validation of the virtual reminiscence model, specifically focusing on the data collection protocol and the prototype. A comprehensive set of questionnaires and scales has been thoughtfully selected to measure the proposed indicators, including oral communication, psychological well-being, and neuropsychiatric symptoms. These assessments are being conducted by Juliana Silva, a master's student in neuropsychiatry, under the supervision of Professor Oscar Ribeiro. To enhance the depth of this data collection, we will cross-reference the indicators with audiovisual information and data stemming from Muse 2, in conjunction with the Emotions Platform. The participants for our study are being selected with the assistance of the Laboratório de Envelhecimento de Ílhavo. This collaborative effort has been instrumental in facilitating participant engagement and providing the necessary facilities for conducting tests. Thanks to our close collaboration with the Laboratório de Envelhecimento, we were able to conduct tests to assess the technology adoption and potential side effects of virtual reality, having obtained promising results that will be made publicly available shortly.   This ongoing research is being conducted at the University of Aveiro in Portugal, a European Higher Education Institution recognized for its prestige in research and teaching, both at a national and international level in multiple scientific fields. Most of the research team are currently members of DigiMedia, the Digital Media and Interaction Research Centre located at the Department of Communication and Art (DeCA). DigiMedia is an interdisciplinary unit oriented towards innovation in the research of new interaction solutions for human-centred digital media applications, with a highly transdisciplinary approach to Digital Media that combines research done in the fields of e-Health and Wellbeing, Social iTV, Social Media and Learning, Games and Storytelling, and Cyberculture, the ongoing research is constantly challenging current practices and promotes future thinking approaches in its projects. For more information on the activities of DigiMedia please visit the website at https://digimedia.web.ua.pt/.   References Algar, K., Woods, R. T., & Windle, G. (2016). Measuring the quality of life and well-being of people with dementia: A review of observational measures. 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Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11, 585540. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.585540 Nichols, E., Steinmetz, J. D., Vollset, S. E., Fukutaki, K., Chalek, J., Abd-Allah, F., Abdoli, A., Abualhasan, A., Abu-Gharbieh, E., Akram, T. T., Hamad, H. Al, Alahdab, F., Alanezi, F. M., Alipour, V., Almustanyir, S., Amu, H., Ansari, I., Arabloo, J., Ashraf, T., … Vos, T. (2022). Estimation of the Global Prevalence of Dementia in 2019 and Forecasted Prevalence in 2050: An Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. The Lancet Public Health, 7, e105–e125. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2468-2667(21)00249-8 World Health Organization. (2017). Global Action Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia 2017–2025. Geneva: World Health Organization.
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August 20, 2023.
The Reciprocal Brains Project by Walid Breidi: Exploring the Boundaries of Art and Neuroscience
The Reciprocal Brains Project by Walid Breidi: Exploring the Boundaries of Art and Neuroscience   In the space where art and neuroscience converge, innovation knows no bounds. Walid Breidi, a visionary multidisciplinary artist, has embarked on a remarkable journey of blending new technologies with artistic expression. Through his groundbreaking project, Reciprocal Brains, Breidi pushes the boundaries of creativity and human connection by using brainwave data in real-time to create an interactive and participatory musical experience. Powered by the cutting-edge products of Naxon Labs, this project takes art to an unprecedented level, intertwining art, science, and technology in mesmerizing ways.   The Visionary Behind the Project Walid Breidi stands at the forefront of a new wave of artists who are harnessing the power of technology to redefine artistic expression. With a background in composing and interactive installations, Breidi's artistic evolution led him to explore Brain Art, a realm where brainwaves and artistry merge. Over the past decade, he has delved into the world of brainwaves, crafting awe-inspiring artworks that utilize neural data as a core creative element.   Reciprocal Brains: A Symphony of Neurofeedback and Creativity At the heart of Walid Breidi's innovative work lies the Reciprocal Brains project. This groundbreaking initiative aims to create a symphony directly influenced by participants' brainwaves. Imagine a collaborative musical experience where brain activity dictates the notes, rhythms, and emotions of the music produced. With the help of Naxon Labs' advanced EEG technology, this vision is brought to life.   Naxon Labs has been one of the driving forces behind the Reciprocal Brains project. The data captured from Muse EEG devices with Naxon Explorer and Naxon Emotions, developed with a deep understanding of neuroscience and technology, provide the foundation for Breidi's artistic exploration. By capturing participants' brainwaves in real-time, these devices translate neural oscillations into tangible creative output, bridging the gap between the mind and artistic expression.   About Walid Breidi Walid Breidi A multidisciplinary artist who uses new technologies as a creative tool. This enables Walid to create lively, participatory works that are co-constructed with the public. More specifically, the works he creates are based on the real-time use of the public's cerebral or physical input to create, control or modify the work. Through his work Walid seeks to establish a dialogue with the audience, moving them beyond the passive position they are usually in, and offering them the opportunity to make the work their own through active participation.   Walid started out as a composer for shows by the "Faim-de-Siècle" collective. Computer Assisted Music led him to create interactive sound installations and later interactive video installations. He has been working in the field of Brain Art for around 10 years. In 2017, with sleep artist Virgile Novarina, they presented "La Bull Paradoxale" which is the first work using live sleep brainwaves. Then in 2018, Walid created 'Sleep in the City', which is also a first in the use of brainwaves with the Internet. In fact, he already has three Brain art projects to this date. The Reciprocal Brains project is a continuation of his practice and his approach and it is the most ambitious one. Examples of past work: Installations Videos Generative designs Sound creations This is Walid's Youtube Channel.   Motivation: What goes on in the mind is the most intimate manifestation that we often want to share publicly either through language or through action. What would it be like if a group of 20 or more people shared an aesthetic moment between them, created by them, without saying or doing anything, just listening to their thoughts and emotions? How will the participants react when they put on an EEG headset and start creating in real-time with their brainwaves? How will they emotionally experience this shared moment with others? A shared moment that produces a relational artistic situation and a biofeedback loop. What the participant thinks will create music, and in turn this music will affect what the person feels.   Reciprocal Brains questions the neuro-physical concept of consciousness. How far can we go in relating states of mind to a particular brain wave category, for example Delta, or Alpha wave? How can neuroscientific results help in analyzing and mapping brain waves data to create hyper-instrument? We will try to correlate certain formations of brain waves to certain emotions. The research will explore in particular the space of sharing and creation thus produced between the participants induced by the use of Brain-musical-instrument interfaces.   Approach: Walid experiments with the idea of a brain-orchestra using hyper-instruments. This project adheres to the Brain-Art tradition in so far as it aims to use Brain-computer Interfaces (BCI) in the realization of the artwork. Tools like “biofeedback”, EEG data performance, data analysis, transcoding, and mental performance will be studied as well as techniques such as: brain event related desynchronization (ERD) or event related synchronization (ERS), event related potentials (ERP), and other paradigms. Reciprocal Brains also necessitate the creation of a hyper-instrument in its intention to exploit brainwave data to play sounds and synthesizers. The sum of instrumental idiomaticity and the user’s sense of reciprocity with what the other participants are doing, together will contribute to the conception of a BCMI (brain-computer-musical interface) that can understand the person and that can measure the expression between the participants and measure all the rhythms played in order to synchronize them.   Introducing Chateau Éphémère: Where Innovation Meets Artistic Exploration Nestled within the walls of Chateau Éphémère, a cultural haven committed to digital creation, artistic innovation thrives at the intersection of technology and imagination. This unique space, situated within the historic confines of the reimagined Château Vanderbilt, serves as a vibrant incubator for experimental art, digital creations, and the convergence of sound and technology. Propelled by the mission to foster collaborative artistic ventures, Chateau Éphémère offers an array of workshops, public events, and residencies that bridge the gap between artistic expression and technological advancement.   Walid Breidi's Vision at Chateau Éphémère Amidst this dynamic cultural landscape, artist Walid Breidi embarked on a visionary journey that merged art with neuroscience. His objective was to harness the potential of the Chateau's immersive environment to cultivate a new form of artistic expression. Walid aimed to delve into uncharted territories where artistic creation and the intricate workings of the human brain intersect, a venture that promised to push the boundaries of innovation.   Explorations Walid's project, named "Reciprocal Brains", unfolded as an ambitious endeavor, striving to explore the uncharted realms of brain-machine interfaces and hyper-instruments. Collaborating closely with researchers, Walid intended to delve into cutting-edge techniques that would enable the manipulation of artistic creation using real-time cerebral input. What set this project apart was its intent to tap into the very dynamics of consciousness, elevating mental states into a canvas for aesthetic exploration.   Intriguingly, "Reciprocal Brains" was designed not only to offer a distinctive musical experience but also to serve as an intricate musical interface. Departing from the conventional norm, which typically involves a limited number of brain participants, Walid envisioned a scenario where a collaborative cohort of 20 participants would engage in real-time creative dialogue. This audacious aim sought to redefine the boundaries of multi-agent brain art installations, challenging the status quo through the power of collective creative expression.   As the project unfurled within the nurturing embrace of Chateau Éphémère (June 26th to 30th 2023), the collaboration between Walid Breidi, the artistic visionary, and the realm of neuroscience began to take shape. With a determination to expand artistic horizons and a commitment to fostering collaborative research, the stage was set for a groundbreaking exploration that could reshape the landscape of art and innovation. This journey of merging artistic creativity with the intricacies of the human mind was poised to unravel new dimensions of creative possibility and redefine the boundaries of artistic expression. This is a sound sample simulating 12 participants: https://shorturl.at/abGJU . The idea is to have different sound configurations. The following screens are a capture of the patch that created the sound extract.   The Intersection of Science, Art, and Technology The fusion of art and neuroscience in the Reciprocal Brains project exemplifies the interdisciplinary nature of modern innovation. With the help of Naxon Labs' EEG technology, Walid captures the intricate dance of brainwaves, translating them into musical elements that compose an ever-evolving symphony. Participants become both creators and performers, as their emotions, thoughts, and neural patterns shape the auditory landscape. This artistic endeavor blurs the lines between audience and artist, forging a unique connection between the creator's mind and the listener's experience.   The Reciprocal Brains project by Walid Breidi, fueled by the pioneering EEG technology of Naxon Labs, underscores the boundless possibilities when art, science, and technology intertwine. This immersive experience challenges traditional notions of artistic creation and audience participation, ushering in a new era of collaborative, neurofeedback-powered art. As the project continues to evolve and captivate audiences, it serves as a testament to the uncharted territories awaiting exploration at the nexus of art and neuroscience.   In the ever-evolving landscape of creativity, Walid Breidi and Naxon Labs illuminate a path towards a harmonious convergence of science and art, inviting us to witness the symphony of the mind.   https://www.walidbreidi.com/