The technical revolution has created an app for everything. Now, with that little device in your pocket, you can track your sleep, call a driver, order your food and find your future wife or husband. And all of this is done with a few taps and swipes.
If all the other aspects of our daily lives were converted into multi-million dollar businesses, it was only a matter of time before somebody tried to update the ancient practice of meditation. In fact, according to Tech Crunch, these self-care and wellness apps are taking off, with companies like Calm pulling in over $13.5 million worldwide in the first quarter of 2018. And with a boom in meditation apps, it wasn’t long before there was an techno-gadget upgrade to add even more to the experience. Enter: Muse.
Muse: The Brain Sensing Headset
Muse is an EEG (which stands for electroencephalogram) headset that measures your brain waves. Because we’re all so stressed and scatterbrained from social media, work, and everyday distractions, Muse thinks it will take more than simply sitting and doing nothing to calm us down. So, the headset will measure your brain waves while you meditate, and when you’re focused on your breathing, it will play calming nature sounds. But, should your mind wander, those calming and soothing noises will get louder, urging you to refocus.
Other than the noise aspect, Muse will also track your results, gamifying your experience so you can get an idea of how you’re progressing with your meditation. The accompanying app provides nifty and easy-to-read graphs outlining your stats like overall time, heart rate, and posture. With Muse, you can shine a light on the less vivid parts of meditation, and get immediate feedback so you know if you’re actually working to improve yourself. Or, if you’re literally just sitting there daydreaming.
To achieve this high level of brain scanning, Muse comes equipped with seven sensors along the headset’s rim and temples. This give a wide space to capture brain waves and translate them into actionable data for you, the user.
There is no shortage of literature on the benefits of meditation. But many who attempt this wellness craze without training find themselves asking the same question: “Am I doing this right?” Meditation is easy to do, but difficult to master, which is why it may feel like you’re wasting your time and making no progress. With their headset and accompanying app, Muse seeks to remedy this issue and provide an engaging and deep experience that shows you the mental strides you’re making. So one day in the not-so-distant-future, you’ll be able to finally achieve that level of calm you’ve been aiming for. Some may find this technology counterintuitive to meditation which is the idea of clearing your head entirely. We believe that Muse is just a tool to help you reach your goal of a clear mind and it provides the proof and learnings you may need to reach that zen you’ve been working towards.