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Cortex API

System requirements

Windows

The Windows version of Cortex is build for Intel's x86-64 processors. It cannot run on a 32-bit Windows. Cortex is supported on Windows 8 and Windows 10.
Cortex is not supported on Windows 7. Microsoft ended the support for Windows 7 in January 2020.

Support for Windows 8

Cortex 2.7 is the last version of Cortex to be compatible with Windows 8. Starting with version 3.0, Cortex is compatible with Windows 10 only. However, EMOTIV will still support customers who are using Cortex 2.7 on Windows 8.

macOS

The macOS version of Cortex is build for Intel's x86-64 processors. However, it is possible to run Cortex on an Apple M1 computer, using the Rosetta translation environment provided by Apple. Please make sure you are using Cortex version 2.6.3 or above.

Linux Ubuntu

The Linux Ubuntu version is currently in Beta. To connect an EMOTIV headset with Bluetooth, you must install and configure the bluez service. The software Emotiv PRO and Emotiv BCI are not available yet. You cannot login with Facebook.

Android and iOS

The iOS and Android versions are currently in Beta. They are only available upon request to the EMOTIV customer service. The software Emotiv PRO and Emotiv BCI are not available.

Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi version is currently in Beta. To connect an EMOTIV headset with Bluetooth, you must install and configure the bluez service on Raspberry Pi device. The Bluetooth connection is sometime unstable. If you cannot connect your headset with Bluetooth, then you may have to restart the bluez service, and then restart the Cortex service.
Please note that Raspberry Pi allows only one connected headset at a time, you must switch off the current connected headset to be able to connect to a new headset.
The software EMOTIVApp, Emotiv PRO and Emotiv BCI are not available for Raspberry Pi device but EMOTIV App from desktop can remotely connect to Cortex running on Raspberry Pi device. On your desktop computer, please make sure that you are using EMOTIV App version 2.7.1 or above.

Supported platforms

Currently, Cortex is supported on the following platforms:
  • Windows 10 (64-bit only)
  • Windows 8 (64-bit only)
  • macOS 10.13 High Sierra or above
  • Linux Ubuntu 18.04 or above (Beta release, 64-bit only)
  • iOS 12 or above (Beta release)
  • Android 7.0 Nougat (API level 24) or above (Beta release)
  • Raspberry Pi OS - Debian version 10 (Beta release, 32-bit)
You can download the latest version of Cortex on the EMOTIV website.