Generating mind-controlled patterns in a fishbowl

June 26, 2013

(Credit: Lindsay Browder)

Magnetic Mind translates brainwaves into kinetic art, using a NeuroSky MindWave brain-computer interface headset, an Arduino board, an electromagnet, and suspended ferrofluid (iron filings in water + alcohol).

Lindsay Browder, creator of the project, uses this device to control an alien-looking liquid in a fishbowl with her thoughts and attention, Neuro Gadget reports.

The ferrofluid follows her mind activity, changes shape, grows tiny pyramids and relaxes again, doing this based on the user’s real-time brain activity (or forehead muscle movements?).

No, we don’t know the purpose of this either; it’s just cool, OK? — Editor