Muse The Brain Sensing Headband

In May of 2016, a study conducted by the University of Victoria, had neuroscientist Dr. Olav Krigolson and his team trek to remote regions of Nepal to record the brain activity of meditating Tibetan Buddhist monks using Muse. He states, “After meditation we found there was an enhanced response to stimuli, the brain was firing more efficiently… our data definitely seems to suggest that meditation would be a good idea to stave off the effects of aging.”

InteraXon, the Toronto, Canada-based company behind the Muse headset for thought-controlled computing, today announced that it has raised a $6 million Series A round from a number of prominent investors, including Horizon Ventures, OMERS Ventures, A-Grade Investments (Ashton Kutcher’s investment company), ff Venture Capital, Felicis Ventures, and Bridge Builders. The company, which was founded in 2007, made the announcement at Vancouver’s GROW conference.

What does it take to lead one of the most promising companies in the budding field of brainwave-controlled computing? It’s a bit hard to say, because Ariel Garten wrote her own road map to get there. With a background spanning fashion design, neuroscience, and psychotherapy, she’s about as interdisciplinary as they come. And as a female innovator in tech, she has long been in the spotlight for the unique blend of talents she brings to the table.



Toronto-based InteraXon is at South by Southwest Interactive this week demonstrating Muse, a brain-sensing device that aims to take the quantified self-movement into the mind. Muse takes the physical form of a sleek headband, but is also a platform that comes with a developer kit. InteraXon CEO Ariel Gartner says the first application bundled with the device will be a brain health system offering games to improve cognitive function and reduce stress.


Health Gadgets from the Consumer Electronics Show

The Doctors' Health Correspondent, Melanie Woodrow, visits the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to test out some of the latest and greatest gizmos and gadgets for your health.

We’re seeing the future taking shape before our eyes here at CES 2013. Not only do we have fully immersive virtual reality and advanced gesture controls, we’re now interacting with our computers using nothing but our minds. Muse, the brainchild of InteraXon, is a minimalist and stylish brainwave reader that allows you to visualize your own brainwaves as well as interact with your computer in an thoughtful new way.

When people say, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," they're not talking about the Consumer Electronics Show.

The technology-related trade show, held each January in the Las Vegas Convention Center, is not open to the public but CNET editor-at-large, Brian Cooley has the inside scoop on the latest high-tech products that may one day be in your home or office.


Muse brain-sensing headband thoughts-on

Plenty of companies are experimenting with thought-reading gadgets, and in the cluttered South Hall here at CES, we came across the folks from InteraXon showing off their Indiegogo-funded "Muse brain-sensing headband." It measures EEG signals from four forehead sensors and two tucked behind the ears, and sends those brain measurements to other gear via Bluetooth. InteraXon has developed an app suite for mobile devices to showcase the headband's capabilities, including thought-controlled games and brain tracking, exercise and fitness software for improving cognitive function, memory, attention and for reducing stress. That'll come bundled with any purchased units, but an SDK is also available for third-party developers to explore other possibilities.


'Mind reading' headband can control games

Most video games require nimble dexterity in the hands of the player to achieve success.

But Interaxon's Muse headband puts a different part of the body to the test, the brain.

The wireless sensor monitors brainwaves, encouraging the wearer to learn how to direct focus or force themselves to relax in order to influence the game.


Brains-on with Muse, Interaxon's mind control headset

Some of you may recall that one scene in "Back to the Future II" where Marty McFly travels forward in time to 2015 and plays a shoot-'em-up arcade game. After getting a seemingly great high score, a jaded youth remarks, "You mean you have to use your hands? That's like a baby's toy!"

I couldn't help but remember that quote when I slipped on Interaxon's Muse -- a lightweight headset that turns your mind into an input device by converting your brainwaves into digital signals.

You may or may not have noticed, so I’ll provide a quick fashion world dispatch: Headbands have been gracing the foreheads of many a stylish person over the past few years.

If a Toronto-based startup called InteraXon has its way, that trend will become even more pervasive for years to come as people buy its own Muse headband — but the Muse is meant to be much more than just a fashion statement. It’s a brainwave-reading gadget that is meant to help you better understand all the complicated ways that your mind works and use that knowledge to improve your life.

While major hardware makers are busy squabbling over "4K" vs "Ultra HD", the future is quietly creeping in around the edges. A future with implications in the real world - big ones. Really big ones. Think using crowd-sourced mind control to change the color of Niagara Falls and the CN Tower big.

It’s not hard to find InteraXon’s booth at the Consumer Electronics Show. Just look for the giant, inflatable igloo surrounded by a crowd of people.

While the structure is a familiar Canadian symbol to many attendees of the annual technology circus in Las Vegas, the action in and around it – the harnessing of brain power through a headband known as Muse – is the real attraction.


In the Future, Can I Just Glare At My Computer?

A couple months ago, Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart strapped some wires to his head and showed us how his drumming affected his brainwaves. Yesterday, I saw a long parade of CES attendees slip a thin white headband on and watch their own brainwaves pop up on a screen. Mickey had a little advanced help, but this is a headband you might be able to buy at your local Best Buy in the next few months.

In the future, we’ll all be doing brain exercises that stem beyond your average Sudoku puzzles or memorization games. At this year’s CES, exhibitors want to get inside your head, and Muse brain-sensing headband aims to do just that while providing a place where you can measure concentration levels to train those membranes.


What 2013 Holds for Technology

By charting the course of technology over the last several years and predicting its continued path, it’s fair to say that we have an interesting year ahead of us.

The largest shift will take place in how we interact with computers. Touch screens on smartphones and tablets brought in human touch, Siri popularized voice-controlled systems, and the hacker community has begun to advance thought-controlled computing with EEG headsets. Voice, touch, and thought will slowly join the keyboard and mouse as ways to interact with electronics, and 2013 will see a new level in this shift.

The other major shift will be the return of the robotics market—starting with the popularization of drones and robots as toys.

From thought-controlled beer taps to quantifying your emotional reaction to kittens, the latest creation by Toronto-based start-up InteraXon brings brain sensor technology to the masses.

Company co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Trevor Coleman equates the brainwave headband – called Muse – to a heart monitor for an athlete, except it’s the mind that’s getting the exercise.

Having trouble focusing on that 30-page contract? Just got chewed out by your boss and wish you had reacted more calmly? Trying to stay relaxed before a life-or-death job interview? Not only will there soon be an app for all that, but it’ll be one that you control with your mind.

This spring, the Toronto-based tech company InteraXon will release a product called Muse, a wearable brainwave reader that connects wirelessly to any smartphone or tablet device. Much like a heart monitor can measure physical exertion, Muse gauges levels of concentration, stress and relaxation. Through an app and various games that come bundled with the device, users will be able to strengthen those parts of their brains responsible for working memory and focus.

Health and wellness is another area ripe with biometrics applications. The ability to automatically and unobtrusively measure and process feedback from the body extends doctors' reach, allowing them to build a fuller profile of their patients, spot warning signs earlier, and let patients recover in the comfort of their own homes.

Fitness, where the Nike FuelBand and similar products are already making a splash, could be one of the most lucrative categories in the consumer market. About one out of three companies listed as biometrics exhibitors at next month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas sell or are working on fitness-related products, according to their websites.

Among them is InteraXon. The Canadian company says its MUSE brain-sensing headband, by analyzing electrical activity, allows wearers to better manage their mind, and even to control things with it, from dimming the lights to pouring a beer. A teacher's call to "put your thinking caps on" could soon have a whole new meaning.

If Darth Vader gets his gloves on this brain-sensing headband, he won't be needing the Force any longer.

A headband called "Muse" displays your brain's activity directly onto your smartphone or tablet. It's compatible with both iOS or Android devices.

InteraXon, the Toronto-based group behind Muse, says it plans to use the technology to eventually sync with other devices. Your television or laptop, for example, might soon be controllable using the headband.


CNN tests Muse, the mind-reading headband

It's the $199 headband that will allow you to control things using your mind, the makers say.

The Muse headband was unveiled this week at LeWeb and CNN caught up with founder of Interaxon Ariel Garten for a demonstration of the brainwave-sensing headband.


Headband Unlocks Brain’s Secrets

Ariel Garten’s presentation at Le Web is fast becoming a regular, and for very good reasons; it is always, not quite literally, mindblowing.

Ms. Garten, a quietly passionate Canadian, is CEO of Interaxon. It makes a product — Muse — that can read and interpret your brainwaves.


Why 2013 will be the year of the Internet of Things

This year’s Le Web event in Paris was based around the them of the Internet of Things (IoT); the way in which objects around us will gather data and connect to controls or other machines via the Internet.

The term Internet of Things was coined by the British technologist Kevin Ashton in 1999. Today, the huge amounts of data we are producing and the advances in mobile technologies are bringing the idea into our homes and daily lives.


CNN tries out the mind-reading smartphone headband

It's the $199 headband that will allow you to control things using your mind, the makers say.
The Muse headband was unveiled this week at LeWeb and Stephanie Busari caught up with founder of Interaxon Ariel Garten for a demonstration of the brainwave-sensing headband.
Garten says Muse works using the same technology used in hospitals known as Electroencephalography (EEG), which records electrical activity along the scalp.
Muse is embedded with four sensors that allows you to see and track your brain's activity, in the same way a heart rate monitor gives information about your physical activity. You can also use your mind to control games and applications supplied with the headband, Garten says.

If you think that poker face of yours could hide any type of emotion, think again. The new Muse Headband, the latest in brainwave-sensing technology, could probably understand you more than any human could.

Developed by InteraXon, an Ontario-based startup, the headband contains four sensors to monitor the user's brainwaves. By sending information to other devices via Bluetooth, it can sync with apps on tablets and cell phones to record a user's moods and emotions.


Measure your brainwaves and modify your mind

Can a sleek headband which reads your brainwaves help you to achieve inner peace? Interaxon‘s CEO, Ariel Garten certainly thinks so. Her company’s first product, Muse, is an EEG (Electroencephalography) headband which determines what kind of brain waves you are producing and a Brain Health package which helps you to change them.

“Giveaways” at Internet conferences are usually just throwaways: A familiar assortment of pens, mints and USB keys plastered with company logos.

But this week’s LeWeb conference in Paris, with the theme “Internet of Things,” would have done well to have a holiday gift store full of its presenters’ products.
Since a lot of you probably couldn’t make it to Paris for this event, we’ve highlighted some of the items that were showcased. It’s an expensive group of stocking stuffers, to be sure, many of which are shipping now or will be soon.

Ariel Garten, CEO of InteraXon, recently gave a keynote speech at LeWeb 2012 where she demoed the Muse headband with EmoType, a demo application for the new brain-computer interface device. EmoType is a text editor that changes the font style in real time depending on your brainwaves, hence it lets you integrate your message into an extra level of emotional context, without using dozens of exclamation marks or emoticons.

Two years ago, at LeWeb 2010, Ariel introduced the whole idea of thought-controlled computer technology. In 2011 her presentation she explained what BCI can do for you. This year Ariel finally presented InteraXon’s own product, the Muse brain-computer interface headband that has almost doubled it’s original $150.000 fundraising goal on Indiegogo - this is what we call a real progress!

Combine wacky cat videos, crowdfunding and a brainwave-sensing headband and you might have a recipe for an Internet sales sensation.

Toronto-based Intera­Xon Inc. is hoping that’s the case with Muse — its space-age headgear that measures brain activity and can tell whether you’re relaxed or intently focused using neuron-reading sensors. Technology like the InteraXon headband could eventually allow users to control video games with their minds or be used as an environmental sensor, perhaps noticing when you’re asleep and turning off lights.

Although crowdfunding originated with charities, some are using it as a way to finance business ventures.

One crowdfunded project is the Muse Headband, a gadget that measures the wearer’s brainwaves, which can then be used to control a smartphone or tablet.

When the Toronto startup behind the device decided that it wanted to make the headband available for consumers, a costly endeavour, the idea was brought to Indiegogo.

Less than six weeks later, InteraXon had raised more than $240,000 from almost 1,400 donors. Those who contributed over a certain amount will be among the first to receive a headband once it rolls off the assembly line. (Many crowdfunding campaigns offer some kind of incentive to donors.)

InteraXon’s co-founder Trevor Coleman said the crowdfunding platform has been a valuable tool that goes beyond money.

A Canadian company is talking about having a window, aka computer screen, into your mind. Another of the many ways to put it—they believe your computer can be so into you. And vice-versa. InteraXon, a Canadian company, is focused on making a business out of mind-control technology via a headband device, and they are planning to launch this as a $199 brainwave computer controller called Muse. The company is running an Indiegogo campaign to obtain needed funds. Muse is a Bluetooth-connected headset with four electroencephalography sensors, communicating with the person's computer via the Bluetooth connection.

Startup Interaxon today announced it'll ship a $199 headset called the Muse next spring that will let people use their brainwaves to directly control videogames and other computing operations.
Interaxon Chief Executive Ariel Garten announced the Muse at the LeWeb conference here, and she showed off one application she thinks direct brainwave input will help people: infusing e-mails with emotion.
"This is the first though-controlled device that's stylish and easy to wear," Garten said of the Muse.

At the LeWeb 12 conference in Paris, euronews’ Mark Davis hosted a Google+ Hangout with InteraXon CEO Ariel Garten as a guest. Ariel presented InteraXon’s brainwave-reading headband Muse and answered questions from Davis and netizens regarding thought-controlled computing.

Muse, a headband device that reads a user’s brainwaves to control computer devices using electroencephalography (EEG) and developed by Toronto start-up InteraXon, is to go on sale next year for just US$199.

The headband device will be used mainly for gaming and responding to emails.

The start-up has already exceeded its goal of raising US$150,000 on Indiegogo and has amassed support of US$233,220 with just four days to go to deadline.

CEO Ariel Garten announced the device will go on sale in 2013 at the influential LeWeb conference in Paris today.

The Muse from InterAxon is a brainwave-sensing headband that offers “Thought Controlled Computing” to the masses. Crowdfunded startup InterAxon announced plans to begin selling Muse to consumers in spring 2013.

According to Tech Spot, InterAxon has been around since 2007, but they will be the first company to offer a commercially viable device for Thought Controlled Computing. The idea is that the Muse headband will interpret electromagnetic waves emitted by the human brain. The headband then uses Bluetooth to connect to your tablet or smartphone to allow for advanced functionality.

The asking price for the Muse will only be $199. For anyone wanting to save money now they’ll have until December 7 to make a contribution to the startup’s Indigogo crowdfunding campaign. A contribution of $135 or higher will guarantee contributors at least one Muse headband of their own when the brainy device finally ships.


The Woman Who Can Levitate a Chair With Her Mind

Ariel Garten, co-founder and CEO, InteraXon, a thought-controlled computing company based in Toronto, has managed to beautifully blend the worlds of science, art, business and technology. Often referred to as the "Brain Guru," her innovative technology harnesses the power of brainwaves to control objects and create experiences, from gaming to making a chair levitate, with future applications that can enable you to see into your mind and also help children with attention deficit disorder (ADD) -- and more.


Muse headband graphs your brain waves (Video)

The attached Grab Media/Mashable video is more than a little interesting due to it's suggested potential. The video news became available to us just today, Sunday, December 2nd 2012. However, some of you may have already viewed the demo video for the Muse brain wave headband. The device is coming to us from Interaxon ("The Thought Controlled Computing People") and it is currently featured on the start-up website Indiegogo. Interaxon has previously "proven" their capabilities at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics by thought-controlling the light displays.

Ever dream of being able to complete a task by simply thinking about it? We aren’t quite there yet, but with the release of the Muse Headband, which monitors your brainwaves, we’re getting closer. Developed by InterAxon, Muse is the latest in brainwave-sensing technology that can monitor what’s going on inside your head. Coupled with a mobile app via Bluetooth, Muse can be used to focus your mind, train your brain and improve your thought control. Eventually, InterAxon hopes that a device like this can be used to control apps, play games and much more.

Muse Headband, released by InteraXon, now is helping human to get closer to the vision of accomplishing a task simply by thinking about it.
Coming with InteraXon technology which senses human brainwave and what is going on inside the brain, Muse allows users to control almost anything by thinking. The technology converts brainwaves into digital signals that can be detected by a computer and activate anything electric. Now users are able to control apps, audio and visual devices without the touch of a button.

When coupled with a mobile app, Muse can also help users train their brain to focus their mind and improve thought control.


Six slick technologies re-shaping the future

Thought-controlled computing is coming to the mass market this summer in the form of InteraXon’s Muse headband. Slip it on and fire up apps that let your brain control video game play, or workout with brain fitness apps that improve attention span and increase working memory.

“Current brain games build your brain like carrying groceries in from the car,” says company CEO Ariel Garten. “This builds your brain like doing bench press reps in the gym.” (Listen to her Ted Talk).

Muse, which talks to devices via Bluetooth, is an electroencephalograph (EEG) that records brainwaves and reads the brain's overall pattern of activity to detect certain states such as relaxed or alert. The output is converted to ones and zeros used to control anything electric.

Science fiction is becoming reality with the new Muse Headband that monitors your brainwaves and eventually could be used to control things with your mind. Muse is the latest in brainwave-sensing technology and was developed by InterAxon as a way to monitor what’s going on inside your head. Coupled with a mobile app via Bluetooth, Muse can be used to focus your mind, train your brain and improve your thought control. With another week of their indiegogo campaign, InterAxon is raising funds to start their first round of production and you too can get your own headband to help train your brain for a whole new wave of mind-controlling technology.

I also had the chance to talk at Blur with InteraXon Co-Founder Ariel Gartern about the company’s brain-sensing headband that allows your brainwaves to serve as a way for monitoring concentration levels or as a means for controlling window shades or the lights in a house. Its first in-house app helps with brain fitness for “better attention skills, improving your memory, reducing anxiety, building a more positive attitude and staying motivated.”


Brainwaves as passwords; secure and near reality

Think and you shall log-in.

It sounds futuristic, but the technology to do so could be here as early as June 2013. And forgetting a password could become a thing of the past.

Interaxon, which develops thought-controlled computing, is releasing a headband sensor device this summer designed to bring brainwaves into computing.

While there is not currently an authentication application that works with Interaxon’s Muse headband, company CEO Ariel Garten says such an app is reasonable and possible and the company has a software developer’s kit (SDK) for anyone who wants to do it.

Wearable tech designed to monitor everything from our heart rate to our sleep patterns is becoming increasingly common. However, one group of inventors want to bring that consumer-friendly approach to wearable tech to the arena of brain wave analysis.

InteraXon is a Canadian company working on introducing a headband called the Muse, a device that uses a four-sensor EEG (electroencephalography) system to monitor your brain wave patterns. For the initial release, the company is offering a Brain Health system app with the Muse that will allow you to wirelessly monitor your brain wave patterns on your smartphone or tablet device (iOS and Android), as well as on Windows, Mac and Linux desktops. InteraXon is also offering a software development kit for the device to allow other software engineers to build applications that might allow the Muse to be used as a control interface in the future.

Google Glasses? Passe. Voice-controlled intelligent agents? So over. Controlling the tempo of “Call Me Maybe” with your heartbeat? Please. The future of wearable computing is all about using your noggin.

That’s what the Muse headband promises to do. Currently seeking funding on Indiegogo (see the smartly produced and highly convincing video above), the Muse is a lightweight plastic controller that slips onto your forehead and connects to your smartphone or tablet.

Not only can the Muse give you feedback on how you’re doing mentally — calm, agitated, focused, distracted — it can also be used to control any app you care to name. You could, in theory, shop this way. (Paying attention, marketers?)

A Toronto-based startup seeking crowdfunding to launch its next product is offering those who hand over enough cash a way to telepathically communicate with their iPhones and pour themselves a beer.

Interaxon Inc. specializes in thought-controlled computing and it's recently unveiled its latest EEG sensing headband, Muse. Muse is designed to be put on like a visor and has four sensors that read your brain waves based on the electrical differential on the outside of your scalp. It then converts that into an output that works with your technology.

A brainwave-sensing headband aims to create more productive ways of thinking by offering wearers the ability to see their brain function in real time.

InteraXon, whose previous projects include a thought-controlled lighting system, is currently seeking funding for the Muse headband project via IndieGogo.

Sensors at the front and sides of the headband gather information on how your brain is functioning via electroencephalography (EEG scanning), which it can then send to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth.

Last week, Ariel Garten, Founder and CEO of InteraXon, introduced their new product called Muse: The brainwave sensing headband that is changing the way the world thinks. Here's their video message.

Muse uses sensors to pick up the tiny electrical outputs generated by your brain's activity. As you shift between states like concentration and relaxation, Muse's algorithms detect the subtle changes in your brain and show you those changes in real time, just like a heart rate monitor can provide information about your physical activity.

Toronto-based Interaxon is raising money on Indiegogo to bring its Muse headband to the masses. Muse is a four-sensor headband that allows users to control apps and games with their mind, and also improve memory and concentration.


A Brain Sensing Headband that Tracks Your Mood

My very first introduction to brain sensors was a distinctly furry one. They involved a pair of electrical cat ears made by a Japanese firm called Neurosky. Perched on your head, the ears move and wiggle based on what you’re thinking or how you’re feeling--or that’s how the YouTube video explains it anyway.

I recently came across another sensor that claimed to perform a similar brain-sensing task. It’s designed by a Canadian company called InteraXon, which is running an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to get the project off the ground. They’re calling the headband the “Muse” and describing it as a chic brainwave reader for your forehead.


Tech Universe: Thursday 25 October

The Muse headset from InteraXon is a 4-sensor headband that measures your state of mind. It has 2 sensors on the forehead and 2 behind the ears. It can help you maintain concentration and focus by alerting you to when your mind is drifting off-topic or by helping you to relax or sharpen your mind. The headband comes with a brain-training app and an SDK for others to create their own applications. The headset connects via wireless or Bluetooth to various common smartphones and computers and includes a rechargeable battery. Imagine schoolkids with access to these headbands.

As a child, I used to concentrate really hard on things like pencils and pebbles, trying to get them to budge with the sheer power of my mind. It never worked, but technology is getting us a little closer to the mind control dream. The Muse brainwave-sensing headband from Interaxon is a step in the right direction.

The Muse uses two sensors on the forehead and two behind the ears. You wear it positioned kind of like a pair of glasses. It measures your brainwaves and sends the information to a smartphone or tablet. Viewing that data in real time can show you if your mind is wandering, if you're relaxed, or if you're in a state of intense concentration.

The way we relay commands to computers and smartphones has evolved greatly over the years. Toronto-based company, InteraXon, is looking to take it one step further with the Muse Headband, a device that will allow people to command devices like smartphones and tablets using their brain. 

The headband uses sensors to transform tiny electric impulses from your brain into actions. Of course, the Muse is meant bring convenience to our lives, but the overall goal of InteraXon with the hardware is to improve the strength of the brain. Think of a society of electronic Star Wars Jedis, turning off lights and televisions with your brain. OK, it won't make your brain that powerful. 

InteraXon, a Toronto-based technology firm, has posted a funding campaign on Indiegogo, a crowd source funding site similar to Kickstarter, for a device it calls Muse. Muse is a headband device based on electroencephalography (EEG) sensor technology combined with a sophisticated smartphone app that allows the wearer's brainwaves to be monitored.

InteraXon, the maker of the Muse headband, has listed its device on Indiegogo in hopes of raising $150,000 for building a mass-produced headband that translates your mental commands into a computer action. The example it shows on the site is playing a game using an iPad, where the rotation of a wooden block occurs when the user focuses on it. The user tilts the iPad to change the angle of the rotation.


Headpiece Reveals Brainwaves in Real Time

The mind is a beautiful thing, full of mystery and wonder. It's the true window into who we are. Getting to know your mind can be just as mysterious, though, and at times, difficult. A project from Interaxon is claiming to "change the way the world thinks" through its brainwave-sensing headband, Muse.

The thought-controlled computing company developed the lightweight headband with four EEG (electroencephalography) sensors that pick up brainwaves to control applications and games in computing. Another purpose it serves is to provide a window into the workings of your mind. The sensors in Muse record electrical outputs from the brain to measure alpha and beta waves. Alpha waves are the ones that show a relaxed state and beta waves depict intense concentration and activity.

InteraXon’s Muse headband begins its Indiegogo campaign today in order to raise funds and awareness for its newest product: a brainwave-sensing device that lets you track and optimize your cognitive activity. A leader in the thought-control technology arena, InteraXon has been developing the Muse headband for years, and is now ready to bring the device to market.

When it comes to controlling our computers, the last five years has seen incredible improvements in user interfaces including amazing touch screens and much more natural vocal recognition. Now, a Toronto company wants to take the UI to the next level — by going directly to the brain. You think it, and the Muse headband will make it happen under very limited circumstances.

InteraXon, the maker of the Muse headband (seen above), has listed it device on Indiegogo in hopes of raising $150,000 for building out a mass-produced headband that translates your mental commands into a computer action. The example they show on the site is playing a game using an iPad, where the rotation of a wooden block occurs when the user focuses on it. The user tilts the iPad to change the angle of the rotation.

InteraXon, one of a few companies working on making consumer EEG brain monitoring practical and useful, has announced the development of a new device that is light, non-intrusive, and that can interface over Bluetooth with other gadgets. The Muse headband features a four electrode EEG that is low energy.

Interaxon is now raising crowdsourced money on IndieGoGo to help fund the first production run for the Muse. They hope to be able to make it available for purchase in the spring of 2013 and we really hope someone will develop apps for it that people can actually get a real benefit from. So far consumer EEG, though it has great potential for amazing things, has been essentially limited to basic gaming. There’s endless room left for developers to better interpret brain wave signals and take this technology to the next level.

Want to know what your brain is up to? Soon, it may be as simple as slipping on a wireless headband, then accessing an app. That’s the idea behind Muse, a wearable device developed by Toronto-based tech company InteraXon. Essentially a lightweight portable EEG (electroencephalography) machine, it lets users monitor their neural activity in real time via their mobile device.

Toronto-based company InteraXon is taking a new approach to thought-controlled computing with its sensor-powered Muse Headband, which debuted today on Indiegogo. The company first launched in 2007 to find commercial applications for measuring brainwaves, and to date has been been focused on thought-powered real-world installations. The new Muse Headband aims to make the technology they’ve been working on since 2003 available to anyone with a smartphone to let them play games and perform other tasks using only their thoughts, ultimately aiming to improve brain health.

Interaxon, an Ontario-based startup specializing in thought-controlled computing, has plans to release a brainwave-reading headband, Muse, that will let users track and train their minds. Like Ford's "car that cares" or Nike's FuelBand, Muse is one of a growing number of devices monitoring us in increasingly intimate ways that both offer us insights into how we behave and bring tech companies even deeper into our lives.

Described by Interaxon as a “heart monitor for your brain,” the Muse headband syncs with apps on tablets and cellphones to record a user’s emotions, mood, level of concentration and memory in response to various tasks, as well as provide training exercises designed to improve mental acuity. Sensors touching the wearer's forehead and ears monitor brain activity.

InteraXon wants to read your mind. Well, certain signals from it, and turn that information into actionable data that developers can use to develop applications that you can control with your mind.

If that sounds a bit sci-fi to swallow, I have to agree. Taking the call with the firm TNW was a bit skeptical. How does it work, we asked. After the next few minutes it became obvious that we were a bit out our depth. Here’s how InteraXon describes its process, which employs a headset – the Muse – that users wear:


A stylish new brain-sensing headband

Finally: a brainwave-sensing gadget disguised as a stylish wearable headband that would fit right in with Google Glass … and not make you look like a Fringe experiment run amok.

InteraXon just announced its Muse tonight. It’s available for pre-order now on crowd-funding platform Indiegogo (to raise $150,000) and due out in Spring 2013, the company says.

Described by Interaxon as a “heart monitor for your brain,” the Muse headband syncs with apps on tablets and cellphones to record a user’s emotions, mood, level of concentration and memory in response to various tasks, as well as provide training exercises designed to improve mental acuity. Sensors touching the wearer's forehead and ears monitor brain activity.

We've seen more and more brainwave-sensing products on the market, like the wagging ears and tails that respond to their wearers' moods. The Muse headband by InteraXon functions much like athletic fitness censors, but instead of reading your heart rate or blood pressure, it reads your brain activity. By viewing the output of your brain, you can develop the tools to train your brain and, InteraXon hopes, develop better mental practices. For a $135 pledge, you'll receive a Muse headband of your own in either black or white.

Last month, researchers from UC Berkeley, Oxford, and University of Geneva posted results of a joint research study suggesting hackers could hijack a brainwave-reading headset and attempt to uncover sensitive user information – think PINs and bank information.

As a long-time member of the Brainwave-computer Interface (or BCI) community, I’d like to shed some light on the study and make an ask of the industry. But first, I want to clear up two important pieces of information.