Measure your brainwaves. Train yourself to control them. Send them to your smart device. Strengthen your mind. Control things with your brain.
That’s what the new brain-sensing headband ‘Muse’ promises to bring to the world by mid-2013. Muse is the literal brainchild of Canadian company Interaxon, who sports over a decades worth of research in the realm of brain to computer interfaces. The team firmly believes that brainwave recognition technology will soon reshape the way we interact with our gadgets, and each other.
“From thought-controlled slot cars to brainwave-powered toasters. From levitating chairs to remote-controlled blimps. We’ve been playing and experimenting, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with this technology.” -Interaxon
Interaxon describes Muse as a “comfortable, sleek, four-sensor headband that allows you to control applications, games, reduce stress, improve memory and concentration, and eventually control devices directly with your mind.”
How does it work? Muse is an EEG (electroencephalography) that measures your brainwaves in real-time and wirelessly sends them to your smart device, showing you how well your brain is performing. Once you can control your brainwaves, you can control anything; Muse translates your thought patterns into instructions to interact with content on your iOS or Android device.
Sensors on the front of the band make contact on your forehead, and the reference sensors on the arms rest on the backs of your ears. Muse connects wirelessly to your devices via Bluetooth. Interaxon is crowdfunding their idea via Indiegogo, and have laid out some clear goals for themselves.
Today: Improve Your Mind
Within 10 Years: Play Games and operate toys, monitor fatigue to keep you alert on long drives, control lights and temperature in your home, create legit mood playlists and match virtual wits with your friends.
Here’s a short video about the product.
You can pre-order your Muse today for under $150 and Interaxon aims to have the cool, wearable tech shipped out by mid 2013.
Mind control is coming people, what do you think about that?
Mike Awada is a Colorado native, and a graduate of the University of Denver. Despite studying International Business, Mike loves to write. His interests include technology, science and sports. Mike covers Technology for 303 Magazine, and also runs a cutting edge news website at Astounde.com. Follow Mike on Twitter @Astounde.