Have you ever considered having your own personal meditation assistant? Muse, a meditation headband has made that possible through enhanced technology. Muse has been in development since 2002 and was launched in 2014 by a Canadian company, InteraXon, located in Toronto Ontario, Canada.
Product: Muse (original), Muse 2
Price: Muse ($199) muse 2 ($299)
Meditation App Subscriptions: $17.49/month or $124.99/year
Where to Purchase: choosemuse.com
Refund/Cancellation Policy: 30 Day Money Back Guarantee (if you don’t see results)
This headband essentially translates your brain signals into sounds of weather during your meditation session. When your mind is relaxed you hear calm weather and when your mind and is active the weather gets louder.
You can choose what environment sounds you’d like to be in. You can hear your mind as the wind in the desert, waves on the beach, or rain in a forest.
WHAT EXACTLY IS A MUSE HEADBAND?
This technology uses advanced signal processing to interpret your mental activity and helps guide you during meditation.
The headband is designed to provide feedback in real-time to you throughout your meditation sessions. Meditation sessions can be guided or independent depending on your level of meditation experience.
You might be thinking, ‘How does a headband detect what our brain activity is doing?’ It seems a little far fetched, but it’s not. The headband has 7 finely calibrated EEG (Electroencephalography) sensors, 2 Sensors on the forehead, 2 behind the ear sensors, and 3 reference sensors that detect and measure your brain activity. ”
And further enhancements have been completed on the original muse to launch muse 2, which can detect your heart rate and breathing in addition to your brain activity during your meditation sessions. Take a look at the comparisons.
Use real-time feedback on brain activity to help you develop a rewarding, long-term practice.
Mind (EEG) – translates mental activity into weather sounds
Explore deeper with brain activity, heart rate, breath, and body feedback for a technology-enhanced practice.
Mind (EEG) – translates mental activity into weather sounds
Heart (PPG + Pulse Oximetry) – synchronize your heartbeat
Body (Accelerometer) – sounds that help you adjust into a balanced position
Breath (PPG + Gyroscope) – pace your breath with guided tones
As far fetched as this may seem to many, take a look at the fit-bit. Its similar readings of body sensations is done using similar technology. Our world is evolving and so is technology.
Muse is an EEG device used by many neuroscience researchers around the world.
Watch co-founder Ariel Garten demonstrate just how the muse works in the video below
THE MUSE APP
Once you have the device you simply download the free Muse Calm app on your iPhone or Android and follow the setup tutorial which is easy to follow. The app connects itself to your mobile device through your Bluetooth settings.
The set-up tutorial will walk you through how to properly place the headband on ensuring the sensors are placed in the correct spots.
Here’s what the app includes
|100+ Guided Meditations
You have access to over 100 meditations from renowned meditation instructors
Explore collections geared toward sleep, stress reduction and performance.
There are two-step by step courses that include in-depth instructions on how to set up
|Updated Content Monthly
New content is added to the app each month. When you purchase your subscription you have access to unlimited meditations by leading experts.
Signing up for a subscription is required in order to access unlimited meditations.
By signing up for the yearly subscription you save a substantial amount.
The guided meditation subscription will allow you to have access to the medication content anytime you have access to your mobile device, with or without the headband.
To keep you motivated the Muse app allows you to collect calm and recovery points set personal goals and challenges and include bonuses to strive for in an effort to encourage increased meditation sessions to work toward achieving complete calmness throughout your sessions. Goals can be adjusted to reflect your needs based on your points achieved.
BENEFITS OF MUSE
- A quality device and easy to use
- Provides real-time results of your brain activity (and if you purchase muse 2 you can track your breath, heart and body as well)
- Developed for beginners and experienced meditators
- It provides milestones and rewards to encourage you to keep at it (it saves your data for each session so that you can compare sessions)
- New sessions are added every month, keeping things fresh and engaging
DRAWBACKS OF MUSE
- The headband itself can seem costly, given the complexity of technology
- Subscription fees are required through the app in addition to the purchase of the headband to access unlimited meditation sessions
- The device does not work with older mobile devices (such as the iPhone 4)
- The device is currently available in the English language only.
IS MUSE SAFE?
Muse has been tested and certified throughout the U.S. A, Canada, and Europe and meets all safety regulations.
Brain sensing technology like EEG has been used widely in hospitals and institutions for centuries and the sensors do not cause harm.
REPUTABLE PRESS REVIEWS
Take a look at what some of the press reviews are saying about Muse;
The Oprah Magazine – “meditating with it -addicting”
The New York Times –” it’s the gift of a sound mind”
Men’sHealth – “muse is actually as good as it sounds”
WHAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE? |MEDITATION TAKEN TO A NEW LEVEL
This advanced technology device is fairly new to the market having only been introduced 5 years ago at the time this review was written. But since it’s debut, the Muse has had a positive response both from consumers and press and continues to enhance its technology.
The founders of this product say that it helps to reduce stress, encourages meditation more frequently and has the ability to increase our wellness, by tracking real-time brain activity, heart rate, breathing and body sensations, but with a product that has only been on the market 5 years, some may question if there is enough data to know for sure if it has the benefit to increase our overall wellness.
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Would you consider purchasing a Muse Headband? Leave me a comment and let me know what your thoughts are on this enhanced technology.