EmotiBit: Wearable biometric sensing for any project!


EmotiBit is a wearable sensor for capturing high-quality emotional, physiological, and movement data. Affordable and simple to use,  opens the door for researchers, makers, artists, students, teachers, athletes, virtual reality developers, health enthusiasts, or anyone to start sensing signals from the body. Because it is open-source and Arduino compatible, it’s easy to begin sensing research-grade biometric signals and exploring your own ideas.

EmotiBit data can derive emotional arousal, heart rate, respiration, gestures, movements, body temperature and other metrics to create a physiological and emotional data portrait of the wearer. In addition to the 16+ biometric signals, works with the Adafruit Feather and Arduino ecosystems. Easily pair EmotiBit with an LED matrix to display your heartbeats on your sleeve, add an audio generator to sonify emotional reactions, or hundreds of other possible configurations. Whether you want to conduct novel research, create a new-media art performance, better understand your own wellness, or teach your students about biometric signals, EmotiBit gives the user 100% data ownership to discover new ways of interacting with signals from the body.

“I waited over a decade for someone to make EmotiBit. I just wanted an easy way to start streaming high-quality biometric signals from the body.” said Sean Montgomery, founder of EmotiBit.

“I believe biometric sensing will help unlock human potential. Beyond the immediate benefits for health and wellness, tools like Emotibit may help understand human emotions, empathy, and even augment our cognition. I want more voices to be a part of that conversation, which is why I’m a proponent of affordable, open-source tools.”

Montgomery has been working at the intersection of science, art, and technology since finishing his PhD in neuroscience in 2008 and is an advocate for greater synergy between art and science and bringing open-source principles to brain-computer interfaces. Wirelessly streaming 16+ channels of data from the body, sensors include electrodermal activity, 3-wavelength PPG, 9-axis IMU and body temperature. It’s wearable and open-source and the 100% user-owned data can be stored directly on the built-in SD card.

Starting at $199, EmotiBit is a fraction of the cost of similar devices, which typically cost thousands of dollars.

The device is being developed by Montgomery’s engineering consulting company, Connected Future Labs. With over 25 years combined experience sensing signals from the body, the team has helped launch startups and brought biometrics to fortune 500 companies. Since beginning work on EmotiBit in 2018, their team of engineers and designers has shipped over a hundred alpha and beta units to users around the globe.

“The best thing about EmotiBit is its size. It’s really small and light and this compact device can do so many things.” said Tali Hinkis, a new-media artist in New York City. Shaundra Daily PhD, brought EmotiBit into her CS101 classroom at Duke University “The EmotiBit was a great way to bring [biometrics] into the classroom, to be able to use it with a lot of different students and to be able to use an interface that’s really easy to use.”

“The EmotiBit provides the potential to understand what’s happening inside the human body.” said Dr. Kyle Lapidus MD, PhD after bringing EmotiBit into his practice.


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