Muse Headset worth having?
April 17, 2017 5:05 AM   Subscribe

Having seen the EEG-esque Muse Headband mentioned on here I am really curious. How real a thing is it? Is it my best option?

Am I as well off buying one of these BrainWave toys for a third of the price and with more toys? Or just one of those kids Force Trainer things?! Is the muse more clinical? How dependent am I on it being supported long-term via the apps etc.
If you've got one how do you use it n practice and what effects have you had?

I've found that some relaxation exercises keeps my general stress level down and in turn helps with anxiety issues. Anything about how it works for those situations would be especially welcome.
posted by Iteki to Health & Fitness (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Ive got the Neurosky headset. I was actually surprised at how well it works. Definitely usable for meditation etc. The bluetooth can be a little flaky, is all.
posted by lollusc at 6:21 AM on April 17

my therapist encouraged me to buy one (I haven't...yet) and says she uses hers all the time and finds it very helpful.
posted by genmonster at 10:42 AM on April 17

I have one, I would say it was worth getting if you're interested. The sensors seem to be good quality, and there's an API you can mess with if you're interested in getting some more raw data. The main value it has is if you're someone who needs feedback that meditation is "working". It definitely gave me that feedback, it's not necessarily detecting "relaxation" but it's clearly something you can learn to control.

I'm a bit more mixed on the phone App it's set to work with. The calibration works well and there's a decent variety of soundscapes, but it feels a bit pushy with how often it wants you to use it. I understand that meditating regularly is kind of the point of it, but I had to turn down some of the reminder settings.
posted by JZig at 10:18 PM on April 17

Thanks for the replies, I guess this isn't quite as common as I thought it might be on here!
It sounds like Muse might be best anyhow because of the openness of having the API?
posted by Iteki at 1:23 PM on April 19

I've definitely been able to grab the raw data from my Neurosky. It was a couple of years ago and I can't remember how I did it, but I used it in a robotics project where I modded a dinosaur toy to turn its head back and forth when I relaxed and to roar when I concentrated hard. I got the Neurosky to feed it in its data stream to my laptop, grabbed it in an Arduino script and classified it as one or the other at some cut-off value that seemed about right.
posted by lollusc at 10:18 PM on April 19

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