How to connect the mindwave mobile to mac

Excellent instructions on how to connect the Mindwave Mobile to a Mac laptop:

Brain Interface Lab


Make sure you have this device in your hand.  Get one. 


And your laptop:

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First of all, installed the software from the DVD. I highly recommend to install Mindwave Mobile Tutorial. Here is a screenshot.

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Because with this app installed, you will be able to know whether your device has been connected or not. On the upper right corner, right now you have this:

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ThinkGear Connector should be included in that software, if nor Download ThinkGear Connector and install on your machine, now it should be on your menu bar and saying no connected applications:

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Now, make sure your headset has a fresh battery and is turned on.

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Hold the button on the on/pair side for more than 3s until the light turns to red, which means the device is ready to pair.

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Then on the Mac, go to system preference, click ‘Bluetooth” , make sure it is on and…

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3 thoughts on “How to connect the mindwave mobile to mac

  1. Can I give you a question? It looks you used both mindwave headset and open BCI. right?
    I heard that data driven from mindwave are less accurate than open BCI’s. What’s your opinion?

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    • Hi Kay

      It could be that OpenBCI is more accurate, but I have no opinion just yet.

      The problem with OpenBCI is that it is quite expensive. I’m hoping that they will come up with
      a cheaper, scaled down version for those of us on a budget (say one channel EEG only). But I do
      intend to buy one and give it a try, probably sometime later on this year. Will definitely blog
      about it once I do!

      Best regards,



    • Hi kay
      Looking at the BCI website more carefully, I realized that in addition to the $499 version, there is also
      a $99 (4 channel) version. A much, much better price, so my hubby kindly ordered one for me, unfortunately it won’t arrive until Aug/Sept. But definitely looking forward to trying it out.


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