|Developer||InteraXon Inc. |
|Announced||December 2012 |
Consumers: June 2014 
|Price||249 USD (June 2016)|
|Session duration||unspecified |
|Scalp location||Fpz, Af7, Af8, Tp9, Tp10 |
|Weight||61 g |
Muse is a wearable headband that helps user with their meditation practice. The device measures and analyses brain signals of the user. Based on the data, it can inform the use whether their meditation session is effective and how much. To see this analysis, the user is required to install a provided mobile app. In addition to the brain wave analysis, the mobile app also offers coaching advice to users starting with midfullness meditation as well as a selection of relaxation audio.
The device is in a form of a wireless, head-mounted headband. The headband is supported on ears and wraps around the user's forehead. The headband features 7 EEG sensors, 5 sensors on the forehead and 2 behind the ears. To use the device, the user pairs the headband with their smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, puts the device on their head, and waits for it to finish calibration. After the device is calibrated, the user then can start their meditation session. During the session, the device acoustically informs the user on how calm they are. After the meditation, the device displays the overall analysis of the user's brain activity. The user can compare it with previous sessions and see whether they are improving in their meditation.
There is a development kit available as well.
The device aims to improve the meditation routine by providing relevant brainwave data on calmness.
Company & People
- Ariel Garten: Chief executive officer
- Dr. Steve Mann: Founder, Research advisor
- Dr. James Fung: Founder
- Trevor Coleman: Chief operations officer
- Chris Aimone: Chief technical officer
- October 2012: InteraXon Inc. launches an IndieGoGo campaign to fund the development of the device.
- 8 December 2012: Muse is fully funded via an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign.
The device enhances the users' meditation sessions by offering statistics about the brain activity during such sessions.
Ethical & Health Issues
http://www.choosemuse.com/legal (storage of the biometric data)
Public & Media Impact and Presentation
There is a great number of reviews and other articles that mention the device. The following section summarises the opinions on the device between the years 2012 to 2016.
CNN informed about the device being unveiled at the LeWeb conference in 2012. The author tried out a prototype of the device in a short demo. No assessment of the device was given but the author expressed the enthusiasm for future applications of the device. Author of a review on Wareable from April 2015 took the device for a few weeks of testing. She calls the device a "meditation gadget for geeks" and offers thorough assessment of the design, fit, and functions of the device. According to the author, the device takes a long time to fit properly and the result is a tight fit that is uncomfortable especially around the ears. The device has to be calibrated each session. The brainwaves measurements are not completely accurate but the device did helped her to get more calm, albeit only during the sessions. Overall, the authors considers Muse to be a useful but expensive device.
The authors of the review in the Recode magazine informs that the device is easy to use but also adds that she is yet to see any long-term benefits. The author thought the device was comfortable to wear but also said it was difficult to fit properly for the first time. The review sees the biggest obstacle in the price. The device is deemed an interesting concept but advises potential buyers to wait.
Related Technologies, Projects, or Scientific Research
- Muse. Muse is coming to the UK. Brilliant!. Muse [online]. Available online at: http://www.choosemuse.com/blog/uk-bound/ (Retrieved 22nd December, 2016).
- Muse. HOW LONG IS EACH SESSION?. Muse [online]. Available online at: https://muse.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/204483479-HOW-LONG-IS-EACH-SESSION- (Retrieved 22nd December, 2016).
- Muse. Technical Specifications, Validitation, and Research Use. Muse [online]. Available online at: http://developer.choosemuse.com/hardware-firmware/hardware-specifications (Retrieved 22nd December, 2016).