"I don't want to be at mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them." — Oscar Wilde
What is EmotiBit?
EmotiBit is a wearable sensor module for capturing high-quality emotional, physiological, and movement data. Easy-to-use and scientifically-validated sensing lets you enjoy wireless data streaming to any platform or direct data recording to the built-in SD card. Customize the Arduino-compatible hardware and fully open-source
software to meet any project needs!
Add emotional, physiological, and movement data to your research with scientifically-validated sensors and 100% raw data ownership.
Art + DIY
Stream live emotional data to control sounds, visuals, or feed your cat! Open-source hardware can be easily customized to meet any project needs.
Understand your stress, sleep, exercise and more with labeled physiological data to learn about yourself and regain control of your lifestyle.
Teach your students about their emotional and physiological responses and understand the body with demos using live streaming data.
Add emotional data to your research
Emotion Insights Made Easy
Stack EmotiBit with any Adafruit Feather module, insert an SD card, and plug in a battery.
Place EmotiBit almost anywhere on the body and launch the visualizer to start viewing physiological data.
Save data to an SD card, stream anywhere via LSL, OSC, TCP, etc, or open up the code and do anything you want!
Projects Using EmotiBit
Bringing EmotiBit into the Classroom
Working with the NYU BrainWaves program, EmotiBit helps provide immediate feedback to students about how cognitive and neural processes change our physiology on a moment by moment basis.
Heartbeats on Your Sleeve
Wearing your heart on your sleeve! A work-in-progress demo from a maker plugging EmotiBit into the CharliePlex Adafruit FeatherWing to display heartbeat data as a digital decoration on his sleeve.
UQAC Risk Taking Research
In collaboration with the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi, snowboarders outfitted with EmotiBit push their bodies and minds to the limits in a study to understand the physiology of risk-taking behavior.
Left Footprints - Interactive Art
As part of the New York Electronic Art Festival and New York Hall of Science residency program, LoVid’s trans-disciplinary art installation streams biometric data from the EmotiBit to live-deconstruct an immersive audio-visual experience.
NYU Cognitive Neuroscience Research
Researchers in the Poeppel lab are using EmotiBit to understand how multiple people synchronize their physiological and emotional responses during interpersonal communication.
Quantifying a Day with EmotiBit
Parsons School of Design student and EmotiBit beta-user began logging her physical and psycho-emotional changes throughout the day. With the simple data labeling feature built into the EmotiBit app, she has begun using data science and machine learning to discover patterns.
Stream physiological data to unleash your inner creativity
Simple bio-sensing from almost anywhere on the body.
No more sensor-wire spaghetti. Small, light-weight and uniquely designed hardware lets you wear EmotiBit in any orientation and stream data from nearly anywhere on the body.
Easy to Use
Strap on the EmotiBit and start streaming data.
Strap on and stream high-value physiological and movement data directly to your computer, phone, SD card, or any software platform you want.
100% User-Owned Data
No more concerns about data privacy.
Transparent data collection and processing protects user data and enables scientific peer-review without hidden proprietary data manipulation.
Easily customize to any project needs.
Arduino compatible. Easily use multiple EmotiBits together or combine with additional sensor systems and devices in the Adafruit Feather ecosystem.
16+ Data Streams
Emotional insights from scientifically-validated raw data.
High-value and scientifically validated data from 16+ sensor streams can be wirelessly transmitted or written locally on SD cards to ensure the highest data integrity.
Stream data anywhere; control anything.
Stream data wirelessly over any Adafruit Feather-enabled protocol (WiFI, Bluetooth, LoRA, etc) to innumerable software platforms.
Strap & Go Case
Want to use EmotiBit in extreme sports, education or medical research?
The EmotiBit strap-and-go case designed in the Paquette lab at UQAC adds protection while still allowing you to sense physiological data from nearly anywhere on the body.
Want more flexibility?
Download open-source 3D case designs and customize them to your specific needs.
Easy to use, customizable, and open source
Open Source Hardware
Packed with sensors in a wearable form-factor, EmotiBit lets you immediately begin streaming 16+ signals from the body
Download our cross-platform visualizer (Mac, PC, Linux) to start streaming data. The visualizer is simple to use and built on the OpenFrameworks creative-coding toolkit to allow open-source customize-ability!
Welcome to the EmotiBit Maker Faire 2020 livestream page. Our live session was Saturday May 23rd 10:30-11:00am Eastern Time (US). We discussed how makers and researchers alike can use EmotiBit to track changes in body temperature, blood-oxygen levels and much more to help understand the disease course of COVID-19 and develop better treatment decisions. See the full […]
By Sean Montgomery on Dec 19, 2019. We designed EmotiBit so that it could be worn just about anywhere on the body and folks could choose locations that work best for their purposes. Depending on where you place EmotiBit on the body, you can pick up a slightly different constellation of biometric signals revealing different aspects of emotional, mental, […]
By Sean Montgomery on Sep 1, 2019. Signals are constantly running throughout our bodies. Electrical, chemical, and mechanical messages carry highly amplified messages about our physical, emotional and psychological state from the decision-making centers in our brain to the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems of the body that help the body prepare for “fight or flight” versus […]
By Suzanne Dikker on Sep 3, 2019. If you go through an emotional experience with someone, this strengthens your social bond. This finding, part scientific fact, part intuition, has led some social psychologists to even go so far as to suggest that if you really like someone, you should hit the rollercoaster on your first date […]
Derive a moment-by-moment portrait of your emotional state
EmotiBit is being developed by the engineers and designers at Connected Future Labsthat have over 25 years combined experience sensing signals from the body and developing algorithms to make sense out of those signals.
Sean Montgomery Ph.D., Founder
Bio-sensing expert, engineer, educator, and new-media artist
The founder of EmotiBit finished his Ph.D. in neuroscience in 2009 and has since led the development of numerous wearable and bio-sensing products including the connected jewelry at Ringly, as well as the Truth Wristband, Heart-felt Shirt, and Thinking Cap.
In addition to our core engineering team, we’ve partnered with leaders in the scientific and art communities from around the world to create a scientifically validated sensor platform that is truly plug & play for a wide range of applications.
Suzanne Dikker Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist (NYU Psychology) New Media Artist (DIKKER + OOSTRIK)
Prof. Linda Paquette
Professor of Psychology studying risk-taking behavior at the University of Quebec Chicoutimi
Tali Hinkis & Kyle Lapidus are a new-media artist duo in New York
Prof. Ghyslain Gagnon
Prof. Ghyslain Gagnon
Director of LaCIME Lab
Microelectronics and ML