Location: United Kingdom
The device measures brain activity during meditation and provides audio feedback to help the wearer stay focused.
Meditation is a practice that involves using mindfulness to aid with relaxation. It involves being present in the moment, including being aware of thoughts, feelings and surroundings. Studies have shown the long-term mental health benefits of regular meditation. Though simple in theory, it’s a technique that some people struggle with due to the mind or thoughts wandering, distractions and struggling to remain still.
Meditation aids, such as the Muse 2, help meditators to stay on track so they can get the most out of the exercise. The Muse 2 is a headband wearable with multiple sensors that measure brainwaves (EEG), breathing, body movements, heart rate and oxygen levels. This data is transferred to the app that provides audio feedback to the wearer in the form of soundscapes.
The soundscapes, such as “rainforest” and “city park”, become louder and busier as the user’s mind starts to wander – As users bring their focus back to their breathing, the sounds slow and become more relaxing. This constant feedback helps to keep the wearer on-track and go deeper into relaxation. The data is recorded and stored in the app, which can be viewed at any time to monitor progress. The device’s rechargeable battery is good for five hours of continuous use, and users can set weekly goals for meditation.