Muse Headband Reduces Stress By Reading Your Brainwaves [CES 2014]

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Cult _of_Mac_CES_2014_80x80LAS VEGAS – Adding to the long list of companies showcasing new wearables at CES, InteraXon announced its brain-reading, stress-reducing, concentration-improving headband, Muse, is coming to a frontal lobe near you really soon.

The Muse headband allows wearers to have their brainwaves read, as well as perform simple mind controlling activities and games to help strengthen your brain. The headband features 7 EEG sensors – five in the front, two by the ears – that are used to detect and measure your brain activity. Muse then relays that data back to your iPhone or iPad over Bluetooth LE and creates exercises designed to help settle your mind and improve concentration.

Users put the headband on everyday for about 3 – 10 minutes and load up games which give you feedback through the sound of wind, as to whether you’re doing your best to concentrate. If your brainwaves indicate you’re not concentrating hard enough you’ll hear a rush of wind. When your waves are on point, the wind calms.

The goal is to help users improve their brain health by generating a range of brain signals and helping you learn how to relax and stay on task longer – think of it as a high-tech version of Lumosity. The company told us Muse can help reduce blood pressure, hyper-tension, and emotional reactivity, but I’d happy if it helped me be able to sit through an entire two minute YouTube video.

InteraXon plans to launch Muse this Spring for $299, but if you pre-order early you’ll get 30 bucks off.

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