Cylon module for Neurosky

Cylon.js For Neurosky Mindwave Mobile

Cylon.js ( is a JavaScript framework for robotics and physical computing using Node.js

This repository contains the Cylon adaptor for the Neurosky Mindwave Mobile EEG (

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$ npm install cylon cylon-neurosky

This example displays the Attention and Meditation data reading sent by the Mindwave Headset:

var Cylon = require('cylon');
  connections: {
    neurosky: { adaptor: 'neurosky', port: '/dev/rfcomm0' }
  devices: {
    headset: { driver: 'neurosky' }
  workfunction(my) {
    my.headset.on('attention', function(data) {"attention:" + data);
    my.headset.on('meditation', function(data) {"meditation:" + data);

In order to allow Cylon.js running on your Mac to access the Mindwave, go to "Bluetooth > Open Bluetooth Preferences > Sharing Setup" and make sure that "Bluetooth Sharing" is checked.

Connecting to the Mindwave from Ubuntu or any other Linux-based OS can be done entirely from the command line using Gort commands. Here are the steps:

Find the address of the Mindwave, by using:

$ gort scan bluetooth

Pair to Mindwave using this command (substituting the actual address of your Mindwave):

$ gort bluetooth pair <address>

Connect to the Mindwave using this command (substituting the actual address of your Mindwave):

$ gort bluetooth connect <address>

You should be able to pair your Mindwave using your normal system tray applet for Bluetooth, and then connect to the COM port that is bound to the device, such as COM3.

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Version 0.10.0 - Compatibility with Cylon 1.0.0

Version 0.9.0 - Compatibility with Cylon 0.22.0

Version 0.8.0 - Compatibility with Cylon 0.21.0

Version 0.7.0 - Compatibility with Cylon 0.20.0

Version 0.6.0 - Compatibility with Cylon 0.19.0

Version 0.5.0 - Compatibility with Cylon 0.18.0

Version 0.4.0 - Compatibility with Cylon 0.16.0

Version 0.3.1 - Add peerDependencies to package.json

Version 0.3.0 - Compatibility with Cylon 0.15.0

Version 0.2.0 - Compatibility with Cylon 0.14.0, remove node-namespace.

Version 0.1.0 - Initial release for ongoing development

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