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The AuraBean Research Project
Is it possible to perceive fields around the AuraBean?

A tool for researching probability and EMI sensitivity.


  • Randomly selects on or off state
  • Is the EMI perceivable?
  • Can the mind influence probability?

The AuraBean is a simple on/off device that makes a random selection to either remain on or automatically switch off. In the ON state the AuraBean emits EMI which is not perceivable through our physical senses. We obtain a high score by successfully guessing whether the device is turned off or still active.


AuraBean Simulator

Can a Reality Hacker train to sense the state of the AuraBean as though the EMI has been perceived?


DEVELOPMENT MILESTONES
Synchronicity Testing
28th May 2017
  We have trialled new synchronicity firmware to assess how well someone can sychronise with the device by guessing whether to select either the left or right button. We have also added a replaceable battery holder.
AuraBean Website
31st March 2017
  Our AuraBean website was up and running at www.aurabean.com (Currently offline) This was going to be the front end for product sales and information.
Third Prototype
28th July 2016
  We have revised the design to incorporate lower cost parts including the use of the ATtiny13A microcontroller.
Fits Case
11th June 2016
  It fits the enclosure, but more detailed work is required.
3D Printable Case
10th May 2016
  A more fitted enclosure has been design and sent off to 3DPrint-AU for printing.
Enclosure
19th December 2015
  This is an illustration of a simple enclosure suitable for 3D printing. The two halves fit together with holes aligned for the buttons and LEDs.
Second Prototype
26th August 2015
  Here's version 2 with dual buttons and LEDs. This model gives better feedback and allows the device to record your score. Also included is a switching output that can drive a small vibration motor or buzzer.
First Scores
22nd August 2015
  The scores at the moment appear to be no better than chance. However, getting 8 guesses correct in a row during a sample run of 24 attempts is interesting. In version 2 we will try using two buttons to simplify automatic recording of the score.
Field Trials
10th August 2015
  Field trials have begun to test if a probability of better than chance is possible when guessing if the device is turned on or off.
Test Code Working
31st July 2015
  The PCBs have arrived and I've put one together. All those extra wires just facilitate USB 5V supply to the 3.3V power system so that I can prototype code without needing batteries. I am wishing now I put spare terminals on the board to allow the connection of a vibration motor for tactile feedback.
First Prototype Manufacture
24th July 2015
  The first prototype circuit boards have been sent to China for manufacture and should be ready to be assembled and tested in a couple of weeks.
Soft Power Latch Works
23rd July 2015
  The soft power latch works on paper. I've drawn the circuit using the Circuit Scribe conductive ink pen on paper and soldered some components in place. A momentary press of the ON button turns the circuit on, whilst the KILL button turns the circuit off.
Power Circuit Simulated
17th July 2015

  I found a soft power latch circuit on EEVblog that is exactly what I am looking for. One momentary press of the power button turns the circuit on, and another button turns it off. The circuit draws no power when off, and allows the facility for a microcontroller to monitor the on button and turn the circuit off itself.

PROJECTS

» Softlatch Project
   Power latch with software power-off function
» INA219 Serial Project
   Serial ammeter for project USB supply
» AuraBean Project
   Probability and sensitivity research tool
» AuraBean II Project
   Web-enabled probability and sensitivity research tool
» Guessology Games
   Random browser-based guessing games


HOW-TO

» Raspberry Pi Programmer
   Programs ATTiny85 microcontrollers
» Pycom WiPy Setup
   Setup and program the WyPi



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