Top Kits For Enthusiasts
These neuroscience kits are designed to be hacked. What will you create?
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Top Experiments For Enthusiasts
Need some inspiration for a project? Start with one of ours then start hacking!
Taken from our Experiments Page
DIY EEG Recordings from the Human Brain!
With our Heart & Brain SpikerShield, you can measure the electrical rhythms of your own brain and see the difference when your eyes are open vs closed.
Heart Action Potentials
Hearts have spikes too! Using the Heart & Brain SpikerShield, perform a heart rate experiment to see your own heart beat!
Controlling a Robotic Gripper with Your Muscles
Fancy yourself a cyborg? Do you want to control a robotic claw with your muscles? Check out how to do it with your Muscle SpikerShield.
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Top Blog Posts for Students
Amateurs and Makers
We love to support people who are seeking a greater understanding of neuroscience on their own! A lot of what we have learned was not learned in a classroom, so we appreciate our community of amateur neuroscientists and do everything we can to work alongside them as they work through our experiments, or develop experiments of their own! BYB was founded on the idea that, like someone interested in buying a telescope to start learning about space, the technology to learn about the brain should be accessible and affordable to everyone. Breakthroughs in science are far from exclusive to a PhD lab... our company started off in a basement after all!
At Backyard Brains all our tech has been designed in house. We're a team of hackers, makers, artists, and engineers (both with and without formal backgrounds) and we know what it's like to get stuck on a design project. We also know what it feels like to finally overcome these struggles! It's thanks to these roadblocks we've met in the past that we truly understand the importance of being Open Source and of sharing knowledge. We strive to provide DIY instruction for all of our tech and experiments, allowing our materials to not only teach neuroscience, but also to teach electrical engineering, programming, mathematics, research methods, and more!
Some of our experiments and tech have been inspired by community members who used our resources in new and inventive ways; this is the kind of relationship which we strive to foster! We work alongside students and professionals to create our materials, allowing us to draw on a wide variety of backgrounds and inspirations. Inspiring people to become makers is also something we aim to achieve by leading DIY workshops where community members can come and build their own BYB tech under the tutelage of our team! These workshops are an opportunity to learn hands on engineering skills, like populating a board and soldering, and to learn more about what makes our tech work!
We are a small group of neuroscientists and engineers who likes to work closely with our customers. We're excited to teach not only neuroscience, but the skills that we use every day during the development and design of our latest and greatest idea. We would love to hear from you about your experiences and your ideas!
Still have questions? Give us a call or send us an email, we would be happy to answer any questions you have and go into greater detail about our products, approach and mission. Join us today in the NeuroRevolution!
What Our Supporters Have Said...
EMG SpikerShield DIY Kit
You are in control... literally! Now you can control machines and electronics of your Arduino projects with the electrical activity of your muscles! What will you create?
DIY SpikerBox Kit
Build your own device to record the action potentials of insects! These instructions let you build your own SpikerBox.
DIY EMG SpikerBox Kit
You asked, we listened. The EMG SpikerBox is now available in kit form. The kit takes ~4 hours (complete novice) to 1.5 hours (electronics hobbyist) to build.