Frequently Asked Questions
- Mail: info໑psylink.me
- Matrix Chatroom: #psylink:matrix.org
- hut: Project leader, investor, creator/maintainer of the software, hardware, website, blog, etc.
- keks: Consulting, testing
- knoc: Consulting, testing
- PerlinWarp: Consulting, testing, documentation, networking, financial support
- AntonX: Consulting, hardware design
- John Shahbazian: Consulting, testing, software, financial support
- ktrask (mastodon): Consulting, testing
- Fabien Devaux: Consulting
- Wojciech Siewierski: Consulting
- Cade Brown: Testing, financial support
- Ricard Collins: Consulting, financial support, testing
- Alex Lao: Consulting
- Hackaday.com: Spreading the word, networking
- Thanks to all the patrons on Liberapay for financial support!
The main author quit his job to work full-time on this project, so naturally it can only go as far as his funding will take us :) If you like what you see here, please consider supporting this project by donating:
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The nature of this project is explorative, so there is not an ultimate goal yet, but I have the following keystones:
- Building new input devices for computers based on neural activity and other data sources
- Enhancing the biological neural network with extra layers of artificial neural networks
- Privacy preserving free software & hardware, fully customizable and in control of the user
Short-term goals and possible next steps are outlined on the "Next Steps" page on the PsyLink wiki.
There's a wide range of possible applications, including:
- Providing input to a computer/smartphone without using a keyboard or mouse
- Enabling efficient computer control for disabled individuals
- Musical instruments
- Controlling smart home appliances
Getting a PsyLink
You can absolutely get your own PsyLink, and there's a special page just for that.
This project is so multifaceted that you can help in a lot of different ways, from pointing out typos or design flaws to contributing code or assembling psylink prototypes. Whatever you find interesting and worth your time :)
Good starting points are:
- The list of open issues
- Join the Matrix Chatroom and chat with the community about the project
- Read and expand the PsyLink Wiki
And finally, just telling your friends about it already helps a lot :)
- Matrix Chatroom: #psylink:matrix.org
- PeerTube Video Channel
- Mastodon Channel (like twitter, without the corporate control)
Why not use Twitter/Github/...?
This project exists in the first place because for-profit companies with centralized services have failed to deliver. For example, the "Myo" was a device similar to the PsyLink, but when the Myo leadership saw a profit opportunity, they abandoned the Myo community and pulled the device from the market.
Just like the Myo, GitHub is a centralized product in the hands of a profit-oriented company, Microsoft. The same goes for Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, Reddit, Discord. These services take power away from the community and give it to corporations, which may simply take away your access to those services (e.g. through sanctions or unjustified bans), add undesirable features (e.g. advertisements, fear-mongering recommendations, dark patterns, demanding private information like a phone number), or just shut down the service entirely.
Therefore the initiator of PsyLink dared the experiment to use services that are decentralized and community-owned. PeerTube instead of YouTube. Mastodon instead of Twitter. Gitea/Codeberg instead of GitHub. Matrix instead of Discord.
The disadvantages are clear: The more users are on a platform, the better the project will spread. But from experience, the author found that if the project is good, it will spread by word of mouth anyway. Organically and authentically.
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