Want to know what your brain is up to? Soon, it may be as simple as slipping on a wireless headband, then accessing an app. That’s the idea behind Muse, a wearable device developed by Toronto-based tech company InteraXon. Essentially a lightweight portable EEG (electroencephalography) machine, it lets users monitor their neural activity in real time via their mobile device.
First of all, why would anyone want to keep tabs on the electrical activity of their brain? According to the folks at InteraXon, it should help users to relax, concentrate, build confidence, or otherwise take control of their mental state. By being able to see their brain waves represented visually on their smartphone or tablet’s screen, users can then more easily train themselves to achieve and/or maintain a desired state of mind.
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Down the road, it is also hoped that Muse could be used to control functions on smartphones, gaming consoles, computers, household appliances or other electronic devices.
The headband itself has four integrated sensors – two that make contact with the forehead, and one behind each ear. Those sensors pick up electrical output from the brain. That data is wirelessly transmitted to the user’s mobile device, where custom algorithms within a dedicated app process it into an onscreen display.
The app would also include various mental exercises, which the user would be guided through in real time while wearing the headband.
InteraXon is currently raising funds on Indiegogo, for the first production run of the product. A pledge of US$135 will get you a Muse, when and if the funding goal is reached and production is complete.
More information is available in the pitch video below.