Muse The Brain Sensing Headband
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- Muse is your personal meditation assistant
- Sometimes your mind is calm and sometimes it's active. Muse will guide you to a calm mind
- Put on the Muse headband, put on your earbuds, start the app, and close your eyes. Immerse yourself within the sounds of a beach or rainforest
- While you meditate, Muse measures whether your mind is calm or active, and translates that data into weathers sounds
- When you're calm, you'll hear peaceful weather sounds. When your mind wanders, the weather will intensify, guiding you back to a calm state
- After each session, review your data, set goals, and build a deeply rewarding meditation practice that gets better every time
- Kindly refer to the User Manual, FAQs, and Tech Specs for more information
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Muse: The Brain Sensing Headband
Meditation Made Easy
Muse is the first product that gives you accurate, real-time EEG feedback making meditation easy to learn, trackable, and fun.
Most people struggle with starting a meditation practice, they worry: Am I doing this right? What should I do next? Why is this so hard? As your personal meditation assistant, Muse helps you track your progress, keep consistent, and stay engaged.
Muse is unique in its ability to provide feedback on a user’s meditation, both prompting the user to focus, while rewarding moments of calm. While you meditate, you’ll hear gentle ocean waves or rainforest rainfall get progressively louder as your mind drifts, signalling you to bring your attention back to your breath. This makes building a consistent practice of focused attention meditation faster, easier, and more enjoyable.
Health Benefits of Meditation
Meditation has been scientifically shown to improve sleep, mood, and symptoms related to anxiety. An ongoing meditation practice can improve overall wellbeing, focus and performance.
Muse Teaches Focused Attention Meditation
Muse measures your ability to focus during meditation and guides you from a wandering to a calm state of mind.
- Learn focused attention meditation with EEG based real-time neurofeedback
- Review charts and data after every session and see progress over time
- Muse is adjustable so you can share with family and friends
- Create multiple accounts in app for different users on the same device
- Preferred choice of mental health professionals
- Take the guesswork out of meditation
- Backed by scientific research
- Muse pairs via Bluetooth to Free Muse app available for Apple and Android devices
Meditation to Improve Your Life
Meditation to Improve Sleep
Studies, including one by Harvard Medical School, show that meditation, including focused attention meditation, can help with insomnia and other sleep disorders.
Meditation to Soothe Anxious Feelings
Studies have shown that mindfulness meditation can aid in a person’s ability to regulate emotions.
Meditation to Help Mood
Scientific evidence has shown that a few minutes spent to focus the mind each day can reduce stress, pain, depression, and more.
Muse Featured in Scientific Journals
Muse has been used in a wide range of scientific studies including the analyses of expert meditator brain states, performance athletes and emergency responders and surgeons during moments of fatigue.
Why Choose Muse?
Muse is very easy to use, makes meditation more enjoyable and takes the guesswork out of a focused attention practice. Simply start the app, put on the headband, close your eyes and focus on your breath. Muse will measure your focus and will adjust subtle guiding sounds based on your brain state.
World-Class Muse Meditation App
Download the free Muse app which is available for Android and Apple devices. The app allows you to measure your meditation, track progress and improve over time. Review charts and graphs after every session.
The Muse App
With the free Muse app you can tailor your meditation to suit your needs. Select an immersive soundscape which is an audible environment provides subtle guidance as your brain state shifts from a wandering to a calm and focused state. With the Muse app you can measure your progress, review your data, unlock achievements and learn from expert guest meditators.
Customize Your Session
Review Your Session Data
Review Progress Over Time
Course Packs to Help You Learn
Muse is your personal meditation assistant. While you meditate, Muse measures whether your mind is calm or active, and translates that data into weather sounds. When you’re calm, you’ll hear peaceful weather sounds. When your mind wanders, the weather will intensify, guiding you back to a calm state. After each session, review your data, set goals, and build a deeply rewarding meditation practice that gets better every time.
Color: Black Headband ONLY (No Case)
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The headset has a difficult task in reading brainwaves but it does it quite well for the price. Patience is required to ensure a proper connection with all the sensors. Many people will not have that patience. Ironically, those without patience are the ones who could benefit from Muse the most. With that said, proper use should be within the capability of most people. Although the built in batteries last a reasonable amount of time between recharges, I find that accuracy suffers as they lose their charge. This is no surprise, but the charge indicator function seems to give a slightly optimistic appraisal. Plan on recharging at 50% or earlier if you want accurate feedback. For anyone thinking this is too much money for a neurofeedback device, keep in mind that professional devices are well over $1000. Bluetooth connection is simple to setup and seems to work fine. The worst issue with the hardware is that you may have to put a fair amount of time into each session to ensure you get good contact. If that bothers you, then neurofeedback probably isn't for you.
The software (the app):
The app is very well thought out. I particularly liked that it "unlocked" new features after you accumulated a certain amount of success. Ample settings are provided to suit your needs. My favorite features are the tracking of data. These are all time and date stamped and kept online associated to your account. This is accessed on the app itself. I would love it if the data could be exported or at least be reviewed on a computer. Maybe they will add that in the future. My next favorite feature is the bird feedback. After a certain amount of time spent in the "calm" mental state, you are rewarded with the sound of birds chirping. Personally I find this more helpful in terms of feedback than the wave sounds. This opinion may change if I can improve my meditation skills from their current state. The app has had a couple of minor bugs, but they are not deal breakers. It allows you to set weekly goals. After setting a weekly goal, the setting stayed on the default value when it was supposed to have changed at the beginning of the week. The next week, it changed to the value I set - a minor annoyance. Another bug which remains currently is that the audio sometimes drops out for a couple of seconds right at the end of a session. Again, not a deal breaker - just a minor flaw. When the app was updated I was optimistic that bug would be fixed, but it was not. If it never gets fixed, it won't affect my usage. Overall I rate the app highly for what Muse says it will do.
The Muse headband and Calm app do what they claim very well. I only rate this 4 instead of 5 because I would love to have the option for more advanced feedback. I've been interested in meditation and neurofeedback for almost 30 years. I've done a lot of research into professional EEG equipment for meditation usage and the price has always been prohibitive. Muse has been the first company I've seen to offer a quality product for a price I can justify. Ideally though, the app would offer feedback and/or data regarding the specific brainwave patterns it reads (Alpha, Beta, Theta etc...). Also, a computer interface would be the icing on the cake - as more expensive EEG units offer.
Cons: Many. I see it as a fraudulent device. It continues to improve your score even if you are active thinking or calm thinking.
1) It reports me as "more calm" when I do challenging brain puzzles while using it.
2) It doesn't differentiate between Theta-Delta waves and Alpha. The only benefit to strengthening your frontal cortex is if you are in Alpha state (focused meditation). One time that I was falling asleep and fell asleep (Theta-Delta) I racked up over 100 "calm birds".
3) I also received a lot of calm birds when I was distracted thinking.
4) It doesn't allow you to delete skewed data sessions if you fell asleep.
5) It's way expensive for not reliably reporting a meditative state.
So for the first 4 months (almost 50 hours of meditation time) I “trained” with the free included App. You put in the headphones in your cell phone (turn it on airplane mode so you won’t receive notifications), and you pair the device with bluetooth. Open the app, and set it up. How it works is you have 5 ambient noises to choose from. My fav was Rainforest. It's raining and windy, but if you quiet your mind, the wind settles down. Quiet it more and the rain stops. Quiet it more and it gets quiet. Quiet it more and you hear bird chirping. If you notice the birds chirping and think about it, the rain comes back, if you still keep thinking about it, the wind comes back, etc. And now you have to quiet your mind again. I just absolutely loved it because it gives instant feedback. You know how quickly your mind starts to wander. So that was useful, but after using it there seemed like there was something really wrong with the app. (Not the device, I don’t want to turn this review into a review of 1 application) Now you might be thinking, bird chirping is deep Alpha, quiet is alpha, storm raging is beta, but no. As of the writing of this text, (May 2018) how to app operates is it goes through a calibration where it sets a baseline for the whole session. So if your mind in baseline is active, when you quiet down for meditation, you get lots of bird “points”. If your mind is quiet during calibration, you will have a stormy session, no matter how quiet your mind really becomes. This is the foundational app so I think it’s worth talking about it’s limitations. You will soon graduate off this app. I’m not saying it wasn’t REALLY useful, it’s just there is no scientific way you can ever have the same brain state in calibration, so it’s limited and hyper prone to bad data for most people.
Presently, I now use an app called “MuseMonitor” ($10 from the google app store). Now we’re getting into the science. I can record my brain waves (all the data from the MUSE device) and map them proper in excel or their website will map it as well.
Note: Nobody tells you this but eye movement is incorrectly labeled as delta.
Before this device I used to have the NeruoSky, but that was dastardly uncomfortable and you couldn't wear it lying down. It only had 1 sensor too. The MUSE is totally comfortable, no wires (BT) and strap adjustable. You can’t underestimate the value of comfort and ease. You won’t use it unless it’s easy and comfortable!
I’ve also looked at Open BCI. But I wouldn’t be able to wear that lying down and it’s must more complex and messy. Maybe one day. The developer side of the MUSE is also well established, so if you want to use the device for user uses, I think you’ll find a good home here.
So yeah, all in all, I do love this device. Still use it every day. I’ve never had any connection issues, or pairing problems. I wish there were more guides on how to interpret the raw data. As of the writing of this review, there isn’t ANY simple guides and guidelines on how to interpret the data. They just refer you to books on EEG. Not helpful. I’m really interested in this stuff so I’m going to try to make one myself.
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