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.
From InteraXon’s IndieGoGo campaign:
We wanted to build an EEG device that would comfortably introduce people to brainwave-enabled technology. Something designed with comfort, style, and everyday use in mind. Something that would open new pathways for people to both shape and be shaped by the world around them.
Introducing Muse, our brainwave-sensing headband. The Muses were ancient Greek goddesses of Art and Science who inspired genius and creativity in mortals. We chose Muse as the name for our headband because our vision from the beginning has been to distill the science of brainwave-enabled technologies into a striking and artful physical form.