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article imageMuse: The brain sensing headband releases developer SDK Special

By Matt Terndrup     Jul 24, 2014 in Technology
This futuristic wearable technology helps to manage stress, stay calm, stay focused and do more with the mind. And now, developers can use it.

In the same way that a heart monitor measures a pulse, Muse, the brain sensing headband, detects and measures brain activity to allow for simple training sessions that are designed to help the wearer relax. It uses 7 finely calibrated Electroencephalography (EEG) sensors to detect and measure the electrical activity of the brain which is then translated into real-time feedback onto a tablet or smart phone via a Bluetooth connection.
Essentially what EEG does is measures electrical activity in the brain by detecting it through contact points on the scalp. As a medical instrument, devices like this have long been used to diagnose conditions like epilepsy, dementia, as well as figuring out whether a patient in a coma or is brain dead.
But now, EEG sensors can be used for just about anything. InteraXon, the company behind Muse, knows this all too well. After raising over $250,000 on Indiegogo, the Muse headband has been tried out by tens of thousands of people all across the world. Recently, the team behind this amazing product has released a software development kit (SDK) which will allow for third-parties to integrate Muse into their systems. This means that just about anyone with a little bit of programming experience can make something that can be controlled by the mind. Automated beer-pouring devices, drones flown with the brain, and much much more have the potential to be developed with this SDK.
The Muse headband is available on their website for $299 and comes in two colors  white and black.
The Muse headband is available on their website for $299 and comes in two colors, white and black.
Over the next few months, projects interfacing with the Muse headband will start to arise. Interaxon‘s CEO, Ariel Garten, told us at a wearable technology conference in Pasadena, California that she looks forward to seeing what the developers will make.
To find out more about Muse, check out their website in the link post above. Also, this TED talk where Ariel speaks about the brain scanning device is worth watching.
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