This headband reads your brainwaves and serves as your 'personal meditation assistant.'
The new Muse 2 wearable sells for just shy of $250 and is billed as a 'personal meditation assistant.'
The company's original device, which took more than a decade to produce, was released in 2014. Since then, Interaxon says it has sold more of these brain-sensing devices than "any other system in history," and it has "hundreds of thousands" of users.
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At that point, we were ready to start a two-minute meditation. I had a few options for sounds to listen to while meditating. The Muse team selected the one with birds and rain. It sounded a bit like the middle of a rainforest.
I don't regularly meditate these days, but I was reminded why I should. I felt a lot calmer after a few deep breaths. I heard the sound of rain in the background, which got louder when my mind jumped to an errand I needed to run after work (the louder the rain, Muse told me, the busier the mind). I pushed those thoughts away, concentrated on my breath, and after a few seconds, I was rewarded with the sound of a chirping bird (that meant, apparently, that I'd sufficiently calmed down).
My only complaint: I personally found the sounds distracting, and I tended to fixate on them at times rather than on my breath.
The team behind Muse also created a feature with the new Muse for users to "out-meditate" their friends and co-workers.
In the end, Viskontas gave the Muse, and other devices in the category, a mixed review. She noted that it measures brain waves, which only tells one part of the story about how the brain works.Read more: CNBC
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