Cortex is a wrapper around our Software Development Kit (SDK) and houses all the tools required to develop with EMOTIV. It provides API access to different EMOTIV data streams, tiered out across three license levels. Join our worldwide community of developers and start creating your own application now.

Getting started

Embed brain data into your workplace, products or services using Cortex in four easy steps. Our licensing plans suit a wide variety of needs from providing access to our core data streams for brain-computer interface to high-resolution performance metrics for custom commercial applications.


Built on JSON and WebSockets, Cortex integrates our headset’s data streams with third-party software enabling you to record data, create BCI applications or build custom games and apps. Use the documentation below or look at some of our featured examples

Here is how our “Cortex Service” works:

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Unity Plugin Support is now available. Visit our Github page to learn more.

Use the force

Using an Emotiv Insight, a Sphero BB-8 Droid and IoT services on Bluemix, Joshua Carr demonstrates how you can use your mind to move BB-8 Droids.

Attention Powered Car

An Attention Powered Car was created to raise the issue of driver inattention and road safety. The car features an EPOC headset that connects brain activity to the car’s engine via customized software. When the driver’s level of attention drops, the car safely slows down, alerting the driver to their lapse in concentration.


If you have created an exciting application with our technology, we’d love to share it with our community. Get in touch with us and we can help you distribute your application to our community.

Free or Open source
Applications (F/OSS)

Contact Customer Support and have your app approved and published in the F/OSS list.

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Applications (non F/OSS)

Contact our Business Development team to discuss terms and conditions for a distribution license.

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Note: Unpublished Apps can only be accessed by the owner or EmotivID associated with that App. Users must sign a new ‘Distribution License’ before they can publish.

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