Research Edition


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The Research Edition SDK is a single user license for independent researchers (individuals, companies or incorporated entities that had a turnover less than US$100,000 in their last fiscal year), wishing to conduct EEG research leveraging the Emotiv EEG technology.  The license is registered to the individual and is not transferable. The resulting applications, whether free or commercial will be distributed exclusively through our online application store.

The initial purchase of the headset and license are sold and priced as a single product. In accordance with our end user agreement you receive a substantial discount for additional software platforms instead of paying full price. This will enable you to use the existing headset on other Operating Systems for $99.95 each.

The Research Edition SDK includes an Emotiv EEG neuroheadset: a 14 channel (plus CMS/DRL references, P3/P4 locations) high resolution, neuro-signal acquisition and processing wireless neuroheadset.  Channel names based on the International 10-20 locations are: AF3, F7, F3, FC5, T7, P7, O1, O2, P8, T8, FC6, F4, F8, AF4. 

TestBench software included in the Research Edition SDK provides:

  • Real-time display of the Emotiv headset data stream, including EEG, contact quality, FFT, gyro, wireless packet acquisition/loss display, marker events, headset battery level.
  • Record and replay files in binary EEGLAB format1. Command line file converter included to produce .csv format.
  • Define and insert timed markers into the data stream, including on-screen buttons and defined serial port events. Markers are stored in EEG data file
  • Marker definitions can be saved and reloaded. Markers are displayed in real time and playback modes. 
  • Export screenshot for documentation


EEG display:

  • 5 second rolling time window (chart recorder mode)
  • ALL or selected channels can be displayed
  • Automatic or manual scaling (individual channel display mode)
  • Adjustable channel offset (multi-channel display mode)
  • Synchronized marker window

FFT display:

  • Selected channel only
  • ALL or selected channels can be displayed
  • Adjustable sampling window size (in samples)
  • Adjustable update rate (in samples)
  • dB mode – power or amplitude calculations
  • dB scale
  • FFT window methods: Hanning, Hamming, Hann, Blackman, Rectangle
  • Predefined and custom sub-band histogram display – Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta, custom bands

Gyro display:

  • 5 second rolling time window (chart recorder mode)
  • X and Y deflection

Data Packet display:

  • 5 second rolling graph of Packet Counter output
  • Packet loss – integrated count of missing data packets
  • Verify data integrity for wireless transmission link

Data Recording and Playback:

  • Fully adjustable slider, play/pause/exit controls.
  • Subject and record ID, date, start time recorded in file naming convention.

For more detailed information about this product, please review our
specification document

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  • Ships to customers worldwide
  • Software and serial keys for installation will be delivered electronically to your account upon payment

System Requirements

  • 2.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor (or equivalent).
  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Windows Vista or Windows 7.
  • 1GB RAM.
  • 50MB available disk space.
  • One or two unused USB 2.0 ports (depending on the number of neuroheadsets you wish to use simultaneously.
  • Runs on all Intel based Macs

Mac Requirements

  • MAC OS X ( 10.7.x, 10.8.x )
  • Intel-based Macintosh
  • Hard disk with 500Mb available