Muse lets you control apps with your mind!
Yes, it does sound like something from a nineties sci-fi movie. But it isn’t. Muse is a brainwave-sensing headband useable in real life. According to its creators, Muse allows you to “control applications, games, reduce stress, improve memory and concentration, and eventually to control devices directly with your mind”.
Unlike its predecessors, which generally looked something like the creepy devices above, Muse (below) has a sleek design and actually looks like something people could wear in their everyday life. The device consists of a wireless battery-powered headband with four sensors on the front and works together with apps which can be installed on your tablet or phone.
Muse picks up tiny electrical signals generated by your brain and communicates them in real time to your phone or tablet. This data is used to determine your level of concentration, which allows you to control dedicated applications by concentrating you brain effort on a specific goal! If it’s still hard to believe, here’s a video from the creators of Muse.
The fun thing is that you can already order a Muse by investing $145 in their ongoing Indiegogo campaign – and around June 2013 you should have your own brain-sensing gadget. Muse comes with a brain-exercising app meant to improve your attention and mood (below). More importantly, a slightly more expensive offer includes a Software Development Kit which will allow developers to create their own apps controlled by brain waves.
This means that in a few years we’ll probably see many more apps and games designed specifically to be controlled by your brain. In the long run, possibilities of this technology are enormous as it can enable people to control practically any connected device with their mind.
The Indiegogo campaign has already surpassed the goal of raising $150,000 by more than $50,000 – and it still has 11 more days to go! Now I’m really curious what happens in 2013 when the first Muses are released.
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