In the second quarter of 2011, we began shipping our second-generation chip, the TGAP. This revolutionary, new component is the first bio-chip, sensing, brainwave (EEG), muscle (EMG), and eye (EOG). It is programmable, 16x resolution as our first generation TGAM and offers 31% broader frequency signal range. TGAP is available to partners for evolution.
ThinkGear chipsets allow NeuroSky partners to focus on their core expertise while integrating our EEG technology into the customer facing solution. With the mass market price and usability, ThinkGear chips unleash many applications beyond the hospital walls, allowing our partners to enjoy unprecedented economy of scale.
Our stainless alloy dry sensor collects neural signals, inputting them into our ThinkGear chip, which processes the signal into a usable data stream. A monumental hurdle lies in distinguishing brain signal from the noise that comes from ambient electricity, muscle movement, etc. Such interferences are digitally filtered. Raw brain signals are amplified and processed—delivering concise input to the device. Emotional state algorithms, coded within the chip memory, come from both NeuroSky as well as research institutions and universities. NeuroSky technology accurately measures brainwaves today, but is busy in labs throughout the world advancing development in new biosensor areas of emotional Electroencephalogram (EEG), Electromyogram (EMG), Electro-Oculogram (EOG) and Electrocardiogram (ECG).
Our ThinkGear TGAM1 ASIC module is a chip that can integrate into any BCI form factor. The TGAM1, which includes the TGAT ASIC, is 2.79cm x 1.52cm x 0.25cm, weighs 130mg and communicates its output through a UART interface at configurable baudrates of 1200, 9600 or 57600. Products such as Mattel’s Mindflex and Star Wars Force Trainer use the TGAM1.
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