EEG Click is a Click board™ that allows monitoring of brain activity. Although not suitable for clinical examination, it is quite sufficient to allow some insight into brain activity. EEG Click is equipped with a high-sensitivity circuit which amplifies faint electrical signals from the brain, allowing them to be sampled by a host MCU. To allow sufficiently high gain with no interferences, EEG Click uses the INA114, a precision instrumentation amplifier, LASER trimmed for very low offset voltage, featuring very good common mode rejection ratio. This Click board™ can be used with the set of silver-chloride electrodes.

EEG Click is supported by a mikroSDK compliant library, which includes functions that simplify software development.

Monitoring brain activity gains its popularity lately, as due to the fact that many commercially available integrated circuits emerge on market, almost daily. High-performance instrumentation amplifier ICs are affordable, making applications such as EEG Click possible. EEG training, a technique of mental training method which makes the trainee consciously aware of the general activity in the brain is one of the applications where EEG Click can be very useful. It can be also used for experimentation and development of brain-machine interface applications, or for simple monitoring of the brain activity.

Electroencephalography is a method used to record the electrical activity of the brain. This is a non-invasive method which uses a number of electrodes placed along the scalp. EEG measures voltage fluctuations which appear as a result of the ionic currents within the neurons of the brain. The measurement can be focused either on event-related potential changes (ERP) or on spectral content of the signal, collected during a certain period. EEG is most often used to diagnose epilepsy, which causes abnormal changes of EEG readings.

EEG Click is a single channel EEG monitoring device, based on the INA114, a precision instrumentation amplifier (IA) by Burr Brown®, a division of Texas Instruments, specialized in high-performance analog and mixed signal ICs. This IC offers a very low noise, LASER trimmed offset voltage, and very good common-mode rejection ratio. It uses a single resistor to set up its gain, which can easily be set up to 10,000. On this Click board™, the INA114 IA has its gain set to about 12 times. Further amplification and signal filtering is done by the MCP609, a four-channel op-amp from Microchip, so that the final gain factor is about 7800 times. Such high amplification is necessary in order to amplify very faint voltages generated during the brain activity. To fine-tune the amplification, there is a multi-turn precision potentiometer which allows to set the gain of the intermediate amplification stage between 10 and 100 times.

Since the "brain waves " can be both positive and negative, EEG Click uses a virtual GND at the potential of 2.048V. This also helps reducing the noise from the common GND, improving the readings quality. The amplified brain activity signal is available at the AN pin of the mikroBUS™, allowing sampling by the host MCU.

EEG measurements should be ideally conducted in an electrically isolated room, since any type of electromagnetic interference (EMI) could corrupt the measurement data. However, the INA114 offers some EMI protection, as it features an extremely good common-mode rejection ratio (CMRR), allowing to successfully cancel out most of induced interferences.

This Click board™ uses 3-electrode setup, which can be connected over a 3.5mm Jack connector on the Click board™. Although the best results can be achieved by using silver-chlorine plated electrodes, any type of electrodes can be used. EEG uses the DRL electrode placement scheme: two electrodes are placed behind the ears, while the third electrode is placed on the forehead. The DRL electrode (on the forehead) helps eliminating the common voltage, while two other electrodes are connected to the differential inputs of the INA114 IA.

The complete signal path is very well protected against voltage spikes and transients, that might appear as a result of the electrostatic discharge (ESD) in contact with the human body, so there is a set of ESD suppressing diodes and TVS diodes, which prevent sensitive IA and operational amplifiers on its output to become damaged by ESD events.

  • Interface: Analog
  • Compatibility: mikroBUS™
  • Dimensions: 57.15 x 25.4mm
  • Input Voltage: 5V

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Great Product for EEG Starters

This is a wonderful product that I am glad that I did spend money to buy it and spend time to study and improve it. During the initial use, the very frustration thing to me was the 60Hz interference showing up in the oscilloscope, no matter how I tried to avoid it, including shielding the whole circuit board, shielding the test leads, using DC power supply, etc., and I was quick to blame the product. I should not. (It already tried its best given the price.) Then I started painful (or, diligent) way of studying everything, from EEG/ECG signals, medical device design, common mode reduction (CMRR) approaches, etc. etc., almost read all EEG related medical books and papers (I do have the capability to understand advanced medical literatures although not majoring it), read through all operational amplifiers, especially studying instrumentation op amp schematics for EEG processing. In the end, I have improved the design and much reduced the annoying 60Hz noise without need of shielding under most situations, say, on my remote- working desk at home, where PC, switches, routers, cable modems, TVs, oscilloscope, radios, etc., are all nearby and some always powered on. I am not a medical professional, and I am healthy person, not to watch any of epilepsy-like brain charts, but just for fun to watch my EEG signals during working at my desk, watching alpha, beta waveforms as it happens and find the triggers. I also use it at night, during off working hours, to see what my mind state is during the meditation, etc. I can also ADC it for spectrum analysis later, or feed to NeuroSky module, etc.

Improvement suggestions are, the first stage gain is too conservation (albeit I do understand why), only (50K/(2.2*2, {R11 & R18})=~10). Vcm is (theoretically) indepenedent of Gain, so why not taking advantage of it. I increased it to 200, even tried all the way to 2000, to 5000, but above 2000 is too high which lead to saturation. But 200 to 500 are good numbers for me (yours may be different). Then keep 2nd stage (OP1A) and get rid off 3rd stage (OP1B) - the less stage, the less added noise. Add 60Hz filter around C14. If you can not do all of above due to soldering difficulties, then add a low pass filter MAX291 (using 3KHz for 30Hz corner freq so at 60Hz it's -48dB (P.2) or 4KHz for 40Hz with slight less attenuation @60Hz) at the final output of Vo (R14 & C1) is absolutely a best choice - the clean signal come out on oscilloscope is day and night difference. As I (and most of you) don't have brain pathology, there's no need to watch any freq above 40-50 Hz.

Everyone should buy this, and have fun of checking his/her EEG charts.