Muse: the brain sensing headband reads your brain activity (just like how a heart rate monitor reads your pulse) so you can do more with your mind.
Muse combines training sessions to help you manage stress and calm your mind with real time feedback on your brainís response to the training. This allows you to track and improve your brain over time so you can enhance the mental skills you already have and do more with your mind than you ever thought possible.
Managing stress is the first step to creating a stronger connection to the mind and reaping longer-term benefits (improved concentration, composure and more). Physical and cognitive well-being is important but if emotions are controlling you, both of those are impacted significantly. Muse helps you manage stress so it doesnít get the better of you.What does a brain sensing headband do?
Muse uses sensors to detect and measure your brain activity, just as a heart monitor measures heart rate. This activity is converted into information you can track on your tablet, smartphone or PC via Bluetooth This information is given to you in both audio and visual form so you can see and hear your brainís performance in real time.
While performing a variety of worthwhile exercises Muse provides audio and visual feedback of your brainís response in real-time on a tablet, smartphone or PC via Bluetooth This helps you improve your mind each time you use Muse.What makes your brain sensing headband different?
First, Muse is the only brain sensing headband. It was designed with you in mind and for everyday use--lightweight, ergonomic for wearer comfort, adjustable, and easy-to-use.
Second, Muse's has 7 EEG (electroencephalography) sensors built into our headband This design provides higher accuracy, detailed measurements and reliability than single-channel systems in measuring specific brain signals and frequencies This gives us the ability to design more complex applications that improve everyday living.
Third, InteraXon started working with this technology a decade ago in research labs, and with leaders in neurology, computer engineering, prosthetics, wearable computing, and brainwave technology. We continue to maintain strong partnerships with the Government of Canada, the MaRS Discovery District, and independent businesses around the world. InteraXon has worked with research labs at the University of Toronto, the Krembil Neuroscience Institute, University of California San Diego, the Rotman Brain Institute, and more.How does a brain sensor work?
Museís brain sensors detect the spontaneous activity of neurons oscillating in your brain Your brain generates electrical frequencies that are detected using electroencephalography (EEG) sensors along the surface of the skull.
The medical community has used EEG technology as early as the 1920s. However, recent advances in sensor technology now make it possible to offer EEG in an easy-to-use and mobile form.What types of brainwaves does Muse measure?
Muse measures brain activities and frequencies that vary depending on your state of mind. There are five main brainwave bands Muse detects at any given time. Each brainwave band occurs in different proportions, and Muse measures the changes in those proportions as your mind works. The five bands are:
It isnít possible for Muse to channel any inputs into the brain. Brainwaves travel from the brain to Muse. Taking your pulse might tell you how fast your heart is beating, but cannot control your heart rate. A heart rate monitor might tell you how active your body it canít tell you to go jogging Muse is controlled by you and the power of your mind.Can this read my mind?
Absolutely not. Itís just like a heart rate monitor which canít tell if your pulse is up because youíve been jogging or just stressed Muse can only tell the type of brain activity youíre experiencing, not if you're thinking about the color blue.What do you do with the brainwave data? Can other people access this data?
All your brainwave data is securely stored and is not publicly accessible. We follow a strict ethical policy about customer data and care so passionately about the subject we have established an international organization to create unparalleled standards for data management and privacy.Why should I care about seeing my brainwave activity?
People constantly tell us they "can't turn off" their minds, and this can have a tremendous impact on a person's well-being. Enhancing brain flexibility allows you to shift brain activity to match what you are doing, like concentrating at work or de-stressing before you go home. Having a more resilient or stable brain allows you to bounce back from unhealthy activities and experiences - like lack of sleep, excessive stress, injury, etc. Seeing your brainwave activity allows you to train, condition and enhance your mind.What kind of applications do you have?
Our applications are designed to learn and grow with you, using custom algorithms built by our in-house team of experts. Our Software Development Kit (SDK) will allow developers to explore and create additional approved applications.
Our first app calms your mind and is the foundation for improving the power and capabilities of your mind with other apps. It helps build skills like maintaining composure, improving concentration and enhancing productivity.
We carefully selected this as our first Muse experience after an exhaustive exploration. Research has proven over and over that physical and cognitive training is important but if your emotions are controlling you it has an impact. Being able to manage mental stress has a significant impact on physical, cognitive and emotional health (up to 75% of all doctorís visits are because of stress-related illnesses).Will Muse allow me to move a mouse cursor with my mind?
This is a question the entire consumer EEG category is asked daily. The answer is: not right now. The technology hasnít advanced to that level. Furthermore, most people do not possess the mental discipline to direct such complex interactions.
At Interaxon, we believe calming the mind is the first discipline required before moving on to more complex interactions with the mind, and it is a skill that requires training. But we are in this for the long-term and will always be looking at ways to advance the technology in meaningful and useful ways.Why would I want to use Muse?
Everyone knows a healthy body needs time to rest, repair and renew through a healthy diet and proper sleep. A healthy body also needs some level of activity and exercise. The mind needs a balance of both, too. So that's what we've designed. It is virtually impossible to function at your intellectual best if you are dealing with negative emotions. We recognize how the emotional and intellectual are interconnected, which is why we've designed an integrated system to help people calm their minds. Our sessions are based on scientifically-proven techniques and practices shown to reduce anxiety and stress, focus the mind, and foster responsive versus reactive responses. These practices improve composure, mental clarity, concentration, productivity, and your EQ.Why is Muse better than other brain training?
First, most brain training focuses on the intellectual side: memory, concentration and attention using timed games and exercises to improve your brain's performance. Muse integrates the intellectual and emotional for maximum effect. Other brain training apps score you at the end, but often with no personalized options or suggestions to improve your score for next time. An end score is like getting the number of calories burned or total steps at the end of an exercise You have no idea how effective you were at meeting your fitness goal.
Second, Muse provides you more detailed information showing you exactly how your brain is behaving just like a heart rate monitor shows you real time heart rates throughout an exercise so you adjust your level of activity (e.g. focus on burning more calories or fat, or improving your cardio) to achieve your goals.Why should I care about calming my mind?
The World Health Organization definition of health: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Our brains produce thousands of thoughts per day. According to psychologists at Harvard University people spend 46.9 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they're doing, and this mind-wandering typically makes them unhappy.
A positive mood state can be beneficial to improving a broader focus of attention and generate more ideas in problem-solving tasks. The cognitive processes are broadened and it builds long-term coping resources which lead to better resilience. In addition, people in this mood state evaluate themselves and others more positively, make more lenient attributions, and behave in a more confident, optimistic and generous way in interpersonal situations.
In a 2007 Harvard School of Health study of over 6000 men and women aged 25 to 74 for 20 years, they found that emotional vitality - a sense of enthusiasm, of hopefulness, of engagement in life, and the ability to face life's stresses with emotional balance - appears to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. How's that for good reasons?Is the headband adjustable?
Yes. Muse is an adjustable headband designed to fit nearly every wearer. It was ergonomically designed for comfort, fit as well as strong signal quality. Just like a pair of glasses, Muse sits around the back of both ears. Using soft conductive materials and a proprietary design by award-winning engineers, Muse's hardware is comfortable to wear without affecting sensor contact and delivers a great user experience.What is the cost?
Muse can currently be reserved for $269.00 USD until the retail launch where it will be priced at $299. This price is a bundle package price including our SDK. You are invited to reserve your Muse here.What is included in the box?
One Muse headband and a micro-USB charging cable are included in the box The application will be available on iTunes, free of charge, to our Muse owners.Where will I be able to buy this?
For now, you can only get your Muse online. Reserve your Muse by filling out the form here, and InteraXon will inform you when your unit is available to ship.Where can I find resources and more information about the Muse headband?
More information is available on findyourmuse.com.
Muse is not a certified medical EEG device.Can Muse be used to help with conditions such as ADD, AD/HD, or seizures?
At the present time, we are focused on helping the broadest number of people with the issue that has the most impact on their daily lives: reducing stress.
We have and will be continuing to explore how Muse can help improve the daily health and wellness of people facing specific conditions working in partnership with research labs and medical professionals We feel that these areas require significant validation before launching but we are committed to finding new solutions for people with Muse.Will you be incorporating audio feedback for visually-impaired consumers?
Yes Muse is designed to include auditory experiences and brainwave responsive sounds so visually-impaired customers can enjoy the benefits of Muse.Is InteraXon pursuing research in medical fields using Muse?
To date, InteraXon has not pursued medical research with Muse. Instead of focusing on a specific area of medical research to apply Muse, we decided to create an SDK which could be used by individuals or groups to leverage future research efforts.
InteraXon's tech spec sheet for Muse is available here for viewing. This link is a PDF file, and will automatically open in a new browser window.Can Muse identify the difference between someone resting and someone sleeping?
While Muse was not designed for sleep neurofeedback, there are a few ways our SDK could be used to distinguish and classify between sleep states. Brainwaves change as you fall asleep; using our SDK you could train your own classifier that distinguishes between different brain states such as, for example, "sleep" or "relaxed".Is an SDK available as a stand-alone purchase?
Backers of our 2012 IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign who chose a Developerís pledge perk will receive our SDK, including a suite of comprehensive brainwave analytics and visualization tools that our own team uses to develop applications.
If you missed our IndieGoGo campaign but would still like an SDK, InteraXon will be informing the public of future SDK availability and release dates, through our Muse Product Updates newsletter here.How does Muse compare to other brain sensing headbands?
Muse was designed from the ground up; from our custom-built processing, to the application, to the physical design. We carefully reviewed other wearable technologies, and tested them with consumers to ensure Museís final product was designed with consumer needs and wants in mind Muse is also the first brain sensing headband to include a integrated design of hardware and software, with an API and SDK that is an open standard communication platform.Is Muse splash or waterproof?
Muse was not designed to be a splash or waterproof device. Because of the electrical wiring inside the headband, we you should NOT submerge it in water or keep it in an area where it would be at risk of coming into contact with any liquids. We cannot commit to the spatial ability or control of Muse after it has had contact with water or liquid of any kind.Will you be doing early previews of your SDK?
For updates on commercial availability, early SDK release, and public announcements on the launch of our Developers community, please subscribe to our Muse Product Updates e-newsletter here.What software platforms will your app work on? Is there a difference between app compatibility and SDK compatibility?
The difference between app compatibility and SDK compatibility is in the operating systems both support.
Muse will be compatible with mobile platforms including iPhone and Android. Our SDKs will be compatible for the following platforms: iOS (iPhone 4+, iPad 2+, iTouch 5+), Android 2.3+, Mac OS (OSX 10.8+), Windows 7 & 8 and Ubuntu Linux LTS releases.Can Muse be worn with eye glasses?
Muse was designed to be worn comfortably, even with eyeglasses, and will not interfere with any eyewear or prescription eyeglasses.What kind of sensors do you use, and is there gel required?
Muse is designed with dry sensors, and does not require gel.What is the sampling rate?
The sampling rate for Muse is up to 600HzWhat programming languages does your SDK support out of the box?
Our SDK currently includes language compatibility for the following:
We do not recommend you remove the accelerometer from Muse. It is used to help significantly reduce noise artifacts caused by your body and head movements while wearing Muse. The accelerometer also helps to get a clear reading of your brainwave activity. Without the accelerometer, we cannot commit to good results using, or proper functioning of, Muse.Where do I send questions about the SDK?
If you have suggestions, questions, comments, or feedback, we encourage developers to submit those to email@example.com.
Our Developers Deluxe contributors will be getting early (and first) access to Muse SDK along with a hand-numbered prototype included in your pledge package. We want to provide you with the most accurate date possible when we have it on hand and will be contacting all contributors directly with a hard shipping deadline right after our final product test in January 2014.I didn't hear my pledge level mentioned in your most recent shipping update video. When is my Muse perk being shipped?
We are using CES 2014 as the final test which will determine the hard shipping date. As mentioned above, we want to provide you with the most accurate date possible when we have it on hand and will be issuing this update directly to our Indiegogo contributors.I think I got a free t-shirt when I pledged during your Thanksgiving Free Tee offer. Should I have gotten it by now?
Any pledge received during our November 16-26, 2012 promotion receives a free t-shirt and will be included with your Muse when it ships. We will be contacting you for sizing information.This is my first crowdfunding contribution. Is it normal for crowdfunded products to be late on delivery?
Absolutely. Up to 80% of all crowdfunded products do not meet their shipping date due to unforeseen design or manufacturing delays.
We are confident the delay will produce a superior quality product that will make Muse worth the wait! Additionally, we will be providing more updates of our development and production process. We want to make sure you're comfortable with your contribution and know where your money is going. If you have questions about this at anytime, please contact our team: firstname.lastname@example.org.Why are you creating new manufacturing processes for Muse?
Our first headband iterations used rigid parts typical in most EEG designs. This is something manufacturers can produce easily. As we continued to lock down our final design and tested the headband on hundreds of heads with varying shapes and sizes we decided to make some big modifications to improve the design, fit and connectivity.
This new design -- working with parts that are softer, more flexible and have better conductive properties requires a whole rethink on manufacturing -- is one that no manufacturer has tackled so far. And that takes time. Retooling. New processes. New thinking. EEG is a very finicky technology so we wanted to take extra time with the design to ensure our customers didn't have to fiddle with it too much so they could dive into the apps and experiences we're designing.Your video update mentions hardware manufacturing as a cause for shipping delays, but what's happening with the app and SDK?
Our technical team has been working around the clock to get Muse and all associated tools and features ready to ship. We've been conducting in-house research using feedback to build better iterations and streamline the user-experience.
We've been analyzing and categorizing brainwave readings as part of our research so we can build more complex data analytics and interactions but in a way that is easy for the user to understand.I want to change my shipping address for my Indiegogo pledge. How do I do this?
Before your Muse ships our team will send out a webform for you to verify your shipping address, and confirm your Muse headband color preference. If you are receiving a shirt from our Free Tee promo (pledges between November 16th - 26th), you'll be able to request your size on this form as well.
If you've already emailed us with an address change, thank you! We are double and triple checking all information. Nobody likes packages lost in the mail, and we want to avoid that at all costs.What is the difference between pledging on Indiegogo, and reserving through Get Your Muse?
Our Indiegogo campaign was a crowdfunding campaign to help fund our first manufacturing run. Supporters of the campaign were rewarded with various perks, some of which included the earliest access to Muse and a significant price discount. These transactions required full payment in advance of receiving the Muse perks.
When you reserve a Muse at www.getyourmuse.com, you are not billed. No payment is required until your Muse is ready to ship. It is strictly a reservation and ensures you will receive your Muse when it officially launches. The reason we are taking reservations now is due to high demand. Over 50% of our launch production run has already been reserved. Once your reserved Muse is ready to ship a member of our team will contact you to confirm your information and proceed with processing the order.