The idea of hiding some logical content

It is a classical means of parapsychological research to make some information hidden and have a subject trying to guess that information. It has been used by pioneers such as Rhine, Tart and others. In physics, the well known paradox of Schroedinger’s cat suggests that the acquisition of information could have consequences on the macroscopic level. By proposing the PsyBox we want to extend this simple idea and make it available to every one, professional researchers as well as hobbyists in parapsychology. PsyBox is a new electronic device based on an old idea in order to make parapsychological experimentation easier.

A help in individual experimentation

The box require two screens, one is internal and is not easy to examine, the other is external – on the same or another machine – and has the purpose of managing the chosen programs. Once a program is started the user manipulates the box without seeing the content displayed on the inner screen.

As this content is only seen from a certain point of view, the agent can for example test Out of Body Experiences (OBE).

The program can also be delayed until a certain moment in the future, so the box allows to  experiment with precognition.

The variety of images is basically limited to a few hundreds among the following sets: astrology, geometry, nature, symbols, tarrot, yi-king, and zener. There’s an additional directory for the user to put his contents. The PsyBox has audio and video capacities not implemented in the original product that can be added on demand.

In this perspective the box can also be a help in testing telepathy, since the content on which the agent will concentrate for a percipient will not necessarily be taken in the conceptual background of the experimenters.

Additionally, the box is equipped with an infrared webcam in front. A video is started when the experiment begins in order to prove the fair play of the investigation.

A tool for network experimentation

Apart from the individual scope just briefly described the PsyBox has the ability to connect to the Internet and contact other devices equipped with the same open source software. Thus Network Parapsychological Experiences (NPE) are accessible as one PsyBox can programmatically interfere with the content of another.

In the future the PsyBox shall include a first network experiment called NPE1 for the purpose of evaluating the relation between telepathy and remote viewing. This experiment implies various chosen participants at least equipped with a PC, or preferably a Psybox, and at least one PsyBox server (can be a PC too). See the brief description of NPE1 above.

A high quality, modular, scalable device

As a piece of open hardware, the PsyBox uses Raspberry Pi or Arduino Mega. The first one is primarily dedicated to experiments in network context, while the second, though not needed anymore, is still useful in order to create a Psybox managing two screens not connected to the Internet. Both support a whole lot of plug and plays like sensors, gps etc and are able to generate data sources for special needs like Ganzfeld experiments. The original programs make of the Psybox a specialized and scalable tool, for the resulting instruments are of course fully re-programmable. Since version 0.3, the Psybox programs are available to classic computers with the asset of allowing multiple experiments to be run at the same time on multiple displays from the same controlling process.

Who we are and what we want

emilbarton is a small team located in France near Geneva. We develop this unique product and can help configure it for special scientific needs.


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