Muse Releases Latest Version of its Brain Sensing Headband for Meditation

New Muse 2 tracks heart & breath through a wearable brain-sensing headband for meditation.

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Interaxon, the company that developed brain sensing headband for meditation, has released the newest version of the device. Muse is a wearable brain sensing headband that measures your brains activity using EEG (Electroencephalography) sensor.

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The corresponding app converts the EEG signals into audio feedback to the wearer through the built-in headphones. You can reach a deep guided relaxation state while the headband plays different sounds to you while you meditate.

Muse 2, the company’s latest product, is designed to be worn across the forehead and a connected smartphone app provides meditation data. Like the previous version of the tool, it is able to measure brain signals reports MobiHealthNews.

The latest upgrade enables the system to track breathing patterns and heart rate during meditation, and then send those results to the user’s smartphone.

The Muse meditation headband is a biofeedback device, which means it captures the human body’s reaction and translates it into a visual stimuli we can easily understand.

Image: Muse

One of the subtler features of this system is a component that tracks your heartbeat, and then turns that beat into a “soothing drumbeat” of a range of sounds to promote meditation. The idea is to help the user get in touch with their inner state, and similarly the company claims that it translates the user's brain activity into the “guiding sounds of weather.”

The device is very well designed. It’s gentle and flexible. It can be used anywhere but since it’s obtrusive, you may prefer to use it at home. The device has built in speakers but it’s better to use your own bud style earphones. The battery will last about 5 hours. So, if you’re long sessions you will need to charge it frequently.

The built in LED lights let you know when the device is charged, charging, or pairing.

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Muse was officially launched in 2014, two years after its initial kick starter raised $287,000. Besides being a consumer meditation device, Muse has been used in brain research at more than a hundred hospitals and universities for studies of pain, PTSD, fatigue and more – as well as mindfulness and meditation.

Sam Draper
November 5, 2018

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