Smartphones may just be the greatest invention of mankind. They’ve enabled us to check out email while on the move, to play games during a boring motorway journey, to keep in contact easily and cheaply with our loved ones and most of all, they’re inspiring new technologies and hardware that can help us live better and healthier lifestyles. For example those exercise bands that monitor our heart rate and measure our speed, distance traveled and other metrics to tell us our progress. And now, there’s a device that’s going to exercise arguably the most important part of our body – the human brain. The device in question is called MUSE, a brainwave-sensing headband that could very well be a peek into our mind-controlled future.
Our brain isn’t just a ball of tissue. It’s intelligent, and it communicates thoughts, feelings and emotions via brainwaves. Fortunately for us, these brainwaves can be detected using some specialized sensors. What’s even more fortunate is that our brainwaves have a specific pattern. They’re not dynamic, so after some training, a software can taught to learn what your brain is thinking based on the past brainwave activity. Some patterns are even universal. For example, when the person is in a calm mode, the brainwaves represent a smooth and slightly changing zigzag line.
But when our brain is performing an intense task, the lines zigzag violently, and that pattern can be easily recognized. That, is exactly the information that you’re now going to be able to access on your smartphone screen, thanks to MUSE. MUSE looks just like an ordinary headband, with 4 on-board sensors. There are two sensors on the front of the device, that should come in contact with your forehead. And two at the end of the arms of the device, that should come in contact with the back of your ears.
MUSE’s engineers have developed some exciting applications for the device using a conventional smartphone. Your smartphone can now be used to read your brainwave data, and in return, you can train your brain to perform exactly as you want it. MUSE’s developers have worked with brain experts to create fun and enjoyable applications that will train your brain to be calm, perform better, and so on for specific tasks. Over time your brain will grow healthier, and more intelligent thanks to the brain-specific exercises.
MUSE is a ground-breaking device. So it should come as no surprise that its Indiegogo campaign has been a success. The company behind the project has already gathered double the amount of initial funding to help develop this project and send it to consumer hands. You can still grab an early-bird special MUSE at a discounted rate of $165 on the device’s Indiegogo page. Orders are expected to be delivered sometime in December 2013.