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(CNN) — It’s the $199 headband that will allow you to control things using your mind, the makers say.
The Muse headband was unveiled this week at LeWeb and CNN caught up with founder of Interaxon Ariel Garten for a demonstration of the brainwave-sensing headband.
Garten says Muse works using the same technology used in hospitals known as Electroencephalography (EEG), which records electrical activity along the scalp.
Muse is embedded with four sensors that allows you to see and track your brain’s activity, in the same way a heart rate monitor gives information about your physical activity. You can also use your mind to control games and applications supplied with the headband, Garten says.
“It interacts with content directly with your mind so you can play games that you are able to control with your mind,” says the Canadian neuroscientist and entrepreneur.
Connecting to any device such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop via bluetooth, Muse can be worn on the go and includes a “brain fitness suite” app that tracks the state of your brain or can help you de-stress.
Neuroscientist Ariel Garten
She adds: “And as you play the games, you are working with and strengthening your mind. The most important thing is that it can help you improve your cognitive and emotional function, it shows you your brain activity and gives you targeted exercises to improve both cognitive and emotional functioning.”
Muse will help with improving brain function, power and memory in the same way Sudoku and crosswords do presently, explains Garten. “But they are doing that on an indirect level, we are moving it one scale up with Muse,” she says.
Garten first talked about the concept of thought-controlled computer technology at LeWeb two years ago.
Since then she has raised nearly double the $150,000 she sought on the Indiegogo crowd-funding website.
“Research labs have been using this tech for years, now its time to bring all this understanding and improvements to the consumer, taking it from the labs to your inbox,” she says.
“The most important part of ourselves is the mind and it has been rather inaccessible. This is a tool that helps unlock the mind in really exciting ways. People seem pretty excited,” she adds. “There hasn’t been a person I’ve spoken to who hasn’t wanted one.”
Neuroscientist Ariel Garten
I confess to being excited too as I slipped on the lightweight and sleek-looking headband which rests on the forehead and tucks behind the ears, like a pair of glasses.
Muse was connected to a laptop and felt comfortable as I got ready to try out a special demo application called EmoType, a mood-based text editor that changes fonts depending on your brainwave activity.
It felt strange watching my brain in real-time on the screen in front of me as Garten asked me to blink and showed me how the action impacted my brainwaves.
Then she asked me to type something. “I miss my daughter,” I wrote and was surprised to see the font suddenly change to a more flowery style as I typed out daughter. Ariel explained that as I focused on what to type in the beginning, the text was clean and tight and as I became more open and relaxed the text appeared more flowery.
When someone is smiling, the letters will suddenly appear very big, she explained.
Undoubtedly, EmoType, though only a demo at present, has huge implications for new ways of communication in the real and virtual world in the future.
Developers will be excited at the possibility of creating applications that could perhaps be used to convey information through avatars.
Could it be the end of the exclamation mark?
Muse is available to buy on the Indiegogo website until December 7 for early adopters and after that, will be available again in June 2013, when they start shipping.
Ariel Garten Chief Executive Officer of Interaxon
If there ever was a gap between science, art, business and technology, Ariel has closed it. Her work converts the workings of the mind into tangible solutions.
Ariel has researched at the Krembil Neuroscience Institute studying hippocampal neurogenesis, displayed work at the Art Gallery of Ontario, DeLeon White Gallery, and opened Toronto Fashion Week. The intersections of these diverse interests have culminated into various lectures with topics such as “The Neuroscience of Aesthetics” and “The Neuroscience of Conflict, featured on TVO’s Big Ideas.
Referred to as the “Brain Guru” by Now Magazine, CBC Radio and the TorontoStar, Ariel has also run a successful real estate business, spent time as the designer and owner of a Canadian fashion boutique, and is a practicing psychotherapist.
A few years back (2009) I had a dream that I was dropped in the midst of a chaotic upheaval in a place unfamiliar to me and people all around were in a panic of fear. I kept knocking on doors trying to get help but people would close the door or refuse to open it, in fear over whatever was happening. Finally a lady answered one door, I do not remember what words I said to her but I was inquiring about where I was and trying to figure out how to get back home, she was not frantic like the others, but she had a very strange “moving tattoo” on her left arm that covered everything from the shoulder down to the mid forearm. It looked almost like a vine with multiple branches, only it was moving like snakes, so it was more like multiple snake heads. She only said to me “beware the fada tree”. Then she shut the door.
I do not know whether the dream is significant, I only know that it disturbed me in my spirit. It seemed important somehow. I have not been able to forget it. It was a little like a dream I had 19 years ago in which I saw a photograph the size of a credit card, except the picture moved like a short movie clip. I knew that I would some day see that actual technology, and of course we have. They can put pixels in paint now, and make an entire wall into a movie screen, and we have little keychains that show our photo slideshows and video clips.
I kept my eyes and ears open when online for anything in technology that included that word Fada, or something that looked like it/sounded like it, because I thought maybe it had something to do with the mark of the beast. Then I found this video on a techno-science sort of site, (Warning, it is graphic-even in selling technology, sex sells) The depiction of the moving tattoo in this video, IS EXACTLY WHAT I SAW ON THE WOMAN’S ARM IN MY DREAM!
As it turns out, the technology used in this moving tattoo is the same technology used in making those keychains and picture frames that “play” your photo slideshow and clips. Only they have sterilized it and put it into injectable tattoo inks.
I also found out this about FADA: I know zero about computers, computer technology and networking, but FADA is a networking term for a certain type of application that has to do with cloud-computing. The best I can understand it, it has to do with information being stored, managed and processed on the internet using a network of remote servers, rather than a local server. They use fada nodes (in a “tree configuration) to create this cloud. (Here is a quick tutorial on how cloud computing works) And here is an adobe document explaining about the FADA mechanism
See this video also on “elastic electronics” and note it’s use on the forehead.
I think that possibly this cloud system of networking may have to do with how the antichrist will have access to all our info and of course the tattoo would have to do with the mark.