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Science Makers: control machines with your brain

Electrical impulses control our muscles and neurons, we'll find out how to amplify them and what that can teach us - plus we'll get hands on controlling Arduinos remotely with our minds (or muscles).
When Feb 04, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Classroom, Cambridge Makespace, 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX
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Science Makers is a monthly event to discuss and build low-cost, DIY and open hardware for science and education. All are welcome for the talks, making or both!

Electrical impulses control our muscles and neurons, we'll find out how to amplify them and what that can teach us - plus we'll get hands on controlling Arduinos remotely with our minds (or muscles).

 

Learning:

• How does an amplifier work and what components are required to make an amplification circuit?

• How are maker technologies aiding cutting edge techniques for measuring electrical impulses in the brain?

• How are impulses being used for interesting applications like neural prostheses? 

Doing:

1) We'll solder together some amplification circuits and test them out.

2) Spiker boxes measure electrical impulses from muscles or even from plants like the venus fly trap. We'll make some and experiment!

3) Once you've got signals coming out, it's the next logical step to connect remotely to another board or component that's doing something cool - like a servo controlled robotic claw. A great opportunity to pick up or hone existing Arduino programming skills.

+ a whole raft of possible experiments to try from the excellent Backyard Brains

Timings

12:00 - Arrival and introductions

12:15 - Talks and discussion

13:30 - Pizza (£4 suggested donation)

14:00 - Making!

 

Science Makers is designed for adults and includes technical talks, but we welcome accompanied younger people too - just contact Jenny on jcm80@cam.ac.uk.

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