Muse: The Brain Sensing Headband

Meditation is a proven method to reduce stress and anxiety, calm the mind and to improve over all health and wellness. If you read articles or biographies of famous sports personalties and businessman it seems these days that many of them include meditation in their daily routine. While meditation is an ancient technique that has stood the test of time, in recent years wearable tech and meditation apps have made it even more accessible to the every day practitioner.

Anyone can meditate but the main two issues that new practitioners experience are firstly maintaining it as a habit and secondly having no real indication if they are improving or not. The muse headband solves both these problems and more, in this article we are going to look at what it actually does and hopefully you will be able to determine if it will benefit you.

How does it work?

This sort of technology was up until recently very expensive and really only available to doctors and scientists. The headband connects seven sensors to your head which measure brain activity. The device connects to your device [android or iOS] and gives you feedback on your meditation progress and guides your accordingly.

Features and Functionality

The Muse Headband is extremely easy to set up and as mentioned before works in conjunction with an app on your smart device.

What Muse offers is real time feedback on how your brain is behaving as well as gamifiying the experience to make you want to improve.

During each session you can choose a soundscape these include a rainforest, beach and City Park. Once you grow calmer during your meditation session birds will begin to tweet, this might be off putting at first but its aim is to get you into an even deeper state of meditation. There is also an ambient background noise that will block out external noises and distractions. The weather will also change and become more windy or have more rain if your mind wanders.

The bottom line is that the Muse Headband makes meditation challenging and fun as well as quantifying your progress. Some people find the habit of meditation easier to begin than others. If you struggle and really want to progress in meditating then the Muse is likely to be a great help.

As well as it primary use as a meditation app there are other apps that have or are being developed to work with your Muse Headband. Try out ‘Blinky Dinosaur’ where you can control the movements of a dinosaur using your brain!

Other Users Reviews

Online reviews are extremely positive with some customers describing the Muse as ‘Life Changing’ and ‘Awesome Tech that isn’t a gimmick’. While the majority of those purchasing the Muse were those who had tried to meditate before and failed there were also seasoned meditation practitioners who found great benefits with this device. One meditation teacher described it a meditation lie detector.

Negatives

Most of the negative comments have been about the actual technical side of the Muse Headband, customers having issues with syncing or Bluetooth connectivity. These issues were in the minority and you will find similar experiences with most other wearable technology. Muse do have excellent customer service so if you are in the very small minority that has a technical issue you can easily get your product replaced or refunded.

Another minor issue was that you don’t receive a protective case with the product and have to buy this separately. This shouldn’t be an issue unless you are travelling with your device but if so it will add to the initial cost.

Conclusion

If you have struggled with meditating in the past or are interested in combining mediation with cutting edge technology then the Muse headband is certainly worth trying. With users seeing a marked improvement in their calmness and less anxiety this certainly seems to work. Though some may argue that you don’t need devices or apps to perform meditation, many users who had tried meditation before including workshops and meditation courses had failed at making it a habit or didn’t get to a stage where they saw the benefits. Being able to gamify and track their improvements made the process much easier for many.