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A Crash Course in Using EMGUpcoming

Oct 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Pacific

What You'll Do:

One of the easiest signals to capture and utilize with OpenBCI’s boards are Electromyographic (EMG) signals. This is because EMG signals are typically very loud signals with obvious amplitudes to capture. In this working session, we will capture these signals in real time and use them to manipulate different devices. This session will also provide a very brief overview of setting up an Arduino board and circuits, as well as providing a way to write to these external devices through the OpenBCI GUI to control them with EMG signals.

Session Goals

  • Get familiarized with the Arduino IDE
  • Establish an understanding of the following concepts:
    • Reading in from and writing out to analog pins 
    • Serial reading and writing, using the Serial Monitor 
    • Assigning a pin for input/output, understanding pinMode()
  • Establish a basic understanding of breadboard circuit design
  • Get familiarized with Processing and the OpenBCI GUI
  • Establish an understanding of the following concepts:
    • Properly preparing electrodes for placement 
    • Placing electrodes in the correct locations for proper EMG signal acquisition 
    • Observing EMG data via the OpenBCI GUI
    • Writing over Serial through Processing

Skill Level:

Basic coding experience and an understanding of Arduino are helpful, but not necessarily required. We will cover both topics in depth.

Skills you will learn:

  • Basic coding of Arduino projects
  • Basic circuitry design
  • Establish an understanding of how EMG signals work
  • Provide a basic understanding of OpenBCI's software

What You'll Need:

  • An Arduino (Uno or Mega)
  • An active buzzer 
  • A PNP Transistor PN2222 
  • 2k Ohm resistor, 220 Ohm resistor 
  • A breadboard
  • A servo
  • A LED
  • A potentiometer
  • Breadboard wires
  • An OpenBCI Cyton or Ganglion board & dongle
  • 3 EMG electrode wires
  • EMG electrodes

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About your Facilitator:

Colin Fausnaught has worked in Brain-Computer Interfacing for 7 years. In 2016, Colin interned at OpenBCI and learned how to use their hardware to read both electromyographic and electroencephalographic signals. This led to him starting a research group with Harrison Canning, and the group went on to win Maker of Merit at the Dubai Makerfaire in Spring of 2019. The pair went on to start The BCI Guys, which is an educational media company and YouTube channel specifically relating to brain-computer interfaces. Colin also wrote and taught a class relating to Brain-Computer Interfacing as Adjunct faculty at his Alma-Mater RIT in Spring of 2020.


  • Colin Fausnaught

    Colin has worked with electroencephalography and electromyography as a hobby since his freshman year of college, and taught at his alma mater (RIT) in Spring of 2020 on the subject. In Summer of 2016 he was fortunate to join the internship program at OpenBCI, an open-sourced brain computer interfacing company. From there, he continued his personal journey of learning about the field of Neurotechnology, and formed The BCI Guys with Harrison Canning as a way to help share his accumulated knowledge of the field.


Details Price Qty
Ticket - A Crash Course in Using EMG $50.00 (USD)  


Ticket - A Crash Course in Using EMG
  • Oct 9, 2021 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (Pacific)
Cost: $50.00
Age Range: 18+
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