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OpenBCI unveils vision for wearable,neuro-powered personal computer

Latest “Galea Beta” device was revealed for the first time on-stage, along with

OpenBCI’s future vision for “Galea Unlimited” wearable computer

Key Details:

● OpenBCI’s “Galea Beta” device was shown for the first time and will ship to Galea Beta

pre-order customers in Q2 2024.

● Future vision of Galea brand also revealed: “Galea Unlimited” a fully-wearable computer

that merges neurotechnology, spatial computing, and artificial intelligence.

● OpenBCI sets its sights on driving the next computing revolution by incorporating the

user’s mind and body into the “closed-loop” of inputs and outputs.

● Series A fundraise kicks off in January to build on Galea Beta traction and start “building

the full computer,” Galea Unlimited.

Dec 1, 2023 - Helsinki, Finland

Today at Slush 2023, OpenBCI Founder & CEO, Conor Russomanno revealed the company’s

vision for the future of computing. OpenBCI has spent the last decade building hardware and

software for interfacing with the brain and body. The company’s Galea product line combines

multiple forms of physiological sensors with head-mounted displays. On-stage today,

Russomanno showed the Galea Beta device for the first time, and defined the long-term plan for

the Galea product line as “building the full computer, or what we’re calling Galea Unlimited.”

OpenBCI’s highly-anticipated Galea Beta device includes a range of sensors that simultaneously

measure the user’s heart, skin, muscles, eyes, and brain. Galea Beta includes eye-tracking and

displays from Finnish headset-maker, Varjo and can be ordered with the Varjo Aero, XR-3 or the

recently announced XR-4. The Galea Beta sensors can be used without the HMD, or can be

tethered to a high-powered PC and used for collecting data from VR and XR environments.

“The Galea Beta program has drawn significant interest from innovation teams across gaming,

entertainment, aviation, simulation & training, and human factors engineering for automotive

and other industrial applications,” according to OpenBCI President & CCO Joseph Artuso.

“Feedback from our early partners at Valve and AFRL has been instrumental in the development

of Galea Beta. The common theme across our early adopters is a desire to use Galea’s sensor

data to help quantify otherwise qualitative mental experiences.”

In addition to the public reveal of Galea Beta, Russomanno discussed OpenBCI’s vision for the

future of the product line: Galea Unlimited. “Our long-term goal for Galea is to bring everything

you see here on the table, together into one device. Optics, CPU, I/O and sensors, in one tightly

synchronized integrated system.”

With the announcement of Galea Unlimited, OpenBCI joins the race alongside Apple, Meta, and

an emerging class of hardware-focused newcomers all looking to define the next evolution of

our everyday computers. Russomanno and team believe that the convergence of spatial.

computing, wearable sensors, and artificial intelligence will define the next generation of


Earlier this year, at the TED Possibilities conference in Toronto, Russomanno articulated the

Company’s progression from focusing primarily on EEG data from the brain, to a more

multi-modal approach:

“What we learned from all of this is that the brain by itself is actually quite boring. Turns

out brain data alone lacks context. And what we ultimately care about is not the brain, but

the mind, consciousness, human cognition.”

Galea Unlimited will provide much-needed context by including the ability to combine multiple

wireless sensor “coins” into a network that allows users to add or subtract additional sensors or

stimulators around the body. By running the entire network from a single system clock, OpenBCI

aims to reduce the latency and synchronization challenges that often plague biosensor-driven

applications. Russomanno also acknowledged recent advancements in machine learning and AI

as an essential catalyst for classifying the ocean of multi-dimensional sensor data into accurate

quantifications of a user’s intentions, emotions, and other qualitative mental experiences.

Guided by these insights, computers like Galea Unlimited will be able to truly personalize

themselves to the user’s mind and body, and pave the way for human-computer interactions

that feel more like a natural extension of the user’s own body.

“Imagine a digital assistant that actually understands your intent, without the need for

trial-and-error text or autocorrect instructions. Games, movies, and lesson plans that can tailor

themselves to the individual user. Healthcare and preventative care powered by personalized

data and an always on early warning system,” said Russomanno on-stage when discussing Galea

Unlimited’s applications.

“All this is possible, but only if users can trust that their device is acting in their best interest.

OpenBCI is committed to the primacy of user control over their personal data. Users need to be

firmly in control of the keys to their own mental vault. Part of the reason I’m sharing our

roadmap publicly is to increase the chances that this shift in the status quo is realized.”

OpenBCI is based in Brooklyn, NY and will be launching their Series A fundraise in January 2024

to build the future of computers through wearable neurotechnology.

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