Have you ever wondered if there was a wearable gadget that could tell you how your body is responding to meditation and if you’re meditating effectively? The answer is yes: the Muse 2 brain sensing headband.
Muse 2: The Brain Sensing Headband
Muse 2 is a state-of-the-art multi-sensor device that gives you real-time feedback on your brain activity, heart rate, breathing, and body movements to help you build a consistent meditation practice.
Muse is a compact EEG (electroencephalography) device. It records the electrical activity of the brain via electrodes. Muse also monitors your heart rate, meditation posture, and breath to help you meditate effectively.
The Muse 2 headband, now on its 3rd upgrade, is made by Canadian company InteraXon.
How It Works
Muse connects to your mobile device using Bluetooth. When connected, you simply start the Muse meditation app, put on your headphones and close your eyes. When your session is complete you can review your results and track your progress.
Muse 2 guides your meditation session
Muse 2 uses advanced signal processing to interpret your mental activity and translates your brainwaves into guiding sounds. For example, when you’re calm and focused on your breath, you’ll hear the sound of gently falling rain.
When your mind is distracted and your attention is fluctuating, you’ll hear the sound of a heavy downpour. These are cues to bring your focus back to your breath.
Muse 2 gives instant feedback
After each session, you’ll see your progress through a series of graphs and charts in the Muse app. The app will show you how your brain, heart, breath, and body performed in simple, easy to understand graphs and charts. You’ll have the ability to track and measure your progress over time.
Muse 2 motivates you
To motivate you to keep improving, Muse 2 gives you points, goals, challenges and bonuses.
Muse 2 is safe, trusted and fully certified
Muse 2 is safe, trusted and fully certified. It is a passive device that does not use electrical stimulation.
Muse has 7 finely calibrated EEG brain sensors. There are 2 on the forehead, 2 behind the ears, and 3 reference sensors that detect and measure the activity of your brain.
PPG and pulse oximetry breath and heart sensors can be found on the front, righthand side of the forehead while gyroscope and accelerometer body sensors are located behind the ears.
PPG (photoplethysmography) calculates the volumetric change of the heart by measuring light transmission. When the heart contracts, blood pressure increases within the left ventricle, the heart’s main pumping chamber. Muse 2 shines a light on a patch of skin and measures the increased pulse pressure.
Oximetry measures the amount of oxygen in your system. As with PPG, light is shone and passes through the blood in your skin, and Muse 2 then calculates the amount of oxygen in your body by measuring changes of light absorption in oxygenated or deoxygenated blood.
Gyroscopes and accelerometer sensors measure orientation and movement. Gyroscopes can sense the rotation of the body, or whether it is moving up or down. An accelerometer measures non-gravitational acceleration, or whether the body is moving or not.
Is Muse 2 Worth It?
As a state-of-the-art EEG device, Muse 2 is definitely worth it. Not only does Muse 2 measure your brain activity, it also monitors your heart rate, breath, and body posture.
The Muse 2 device and app provide you with useable data to help you maintain an effective meditation practice. In contrast, meditation apps do not provide such data.
Muse 2 has been used in many scientific studies. It has been tested for accuracy, with the conclusion that Muse provides an excellent opportunity for researchers to improve their ability to conduct field/clinical research.
Know When You’re Meditating Right
Muse 2 gives you instant feedback, so you’ll know that you’re meditating effectively. Your focus will improve over time with the guided meditations.
You’ll have access to different collections in the app to help you remain calm and focused when you’re at work, travelling, or trying to sleep.