Muse (headband)

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Muse
Muse Logo for headband.png
Product typeElectronic headband
OwnerInteraXon
Produced byInteraXon
CountryToronto, Ontario, Canada
IntroducedMay 2014
Websitewww.choosemuse.com

Muse is a wearable brain sensing headband. The device measures brain activity via 4 electroencephalography (EEG) sensors. An accompanying mobile app converts the EEG signal into audio feedback that is fed to the user via headphones.[1] Muse is manufactured by InteraXon, a company based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada[2] that was founded by Ariel Garten, Trevor Coleman, and Chris Aimone.[3] Development of the Muse product began in 2003, and after several rounds of fundraising, was released to the public in May 2014.[2]

The device operates by representing brain waves that correspond to a more relaxed state through the sound of tweeting birds, and higher amounts of brain activity is represented by storm sounds.[4] It is claimed that using the headband helps in reaching a deep relaxed state.[5]

Muse is worn over the ears and connects to a companion mobile app via bluetooth. The use of Muse enables the use of biofeedback, differing from a device like Thync that claims to actually alter brainwaves by wearing it.[6]

Muse is the subject of various scientific studies, one of those at the Mayo Clinic, to understand its usefulness in supporting patients who have undergone breast cancer surgery.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baig, Edgar C. (August 12, 2014). "Brainy Muse headband: Wearable tech to calm you down". ww.usatoday.com. USA Today. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  2. ^ a b O'Rourke, Patrick (April 14, 2015). "Can Toronto-based InterAxon's brain-sensing headband Muse help people relax?". ‘’Financial Post’’. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ "Hands-on: Staying focused (or not) with the Muse brain-sensing headband". www.gizmag.com. Retrieved 2015-11-09.
  4. ^ "Muse Headband Review: A Fitbit for Your Brain". Re/code. Retrieved 2015-11-09.
  5. ^ "Muse The Brain Sensing Headband Review". Tune into Gold. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  6. ^ "Muse review: The brain sensing headband that knows you're stressed". Wareable. Retrieved 2015-11-09.
  7. ^ "I Tried Muse, the Brain-Sensing Headband That Tracks How Well You're Meditating". Observer. Retrieved 2015-11-09.
  8. ^ "Not Just a Meditation Tool: The Muse Brain Sensing Headband In Neuroscience Research". MedTech Boston. Retrieved 2015-11-09.

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