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Mind Reading Headbands Are About to Hit Market

A brainwave-sensing headband aims to create more productive ways of thinking by offering wearers the ability to see their brain function in real time.

InteraXon, whose previous projects include a thought-controlled lighting system, is currently seeking funding for the Muse headband project via IndieGogo.

Sensors at the front and sides of the headband gather information on how your brain is functioning via electroencephalography (EEG scanning), which it can then send to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth.

InteraXon suggests that potential uses for the technology range from improving memory and concentration skills to thought-controlled mobile gaming.

According to the company: "As you shift between states like concentration and relaxation, Muse's algorithms detect the subtle changes in your brain and show you those changes in real time, just like a heart rate monitor can provide information about your physical activity."

Currently the only in-house application developed for Muse is the Integrated Brain Health System -- a kind of brainwave-access version of Dr Kawashima's Brain Training -- but anyone pledging enough money to gain a headband as a perk will also receive a software development kit allowing them to develop their own resources

Although the design is currently in the prototype phase and not expected to ship until mid-2013, co-founder Trevor Coleman is already looking at emotion sensing options further down the line:

"For instance if your computer knew you were getting frustrated, it might adjust the UI to help you find what you need, or you could set it to hold off email notifications when you were in states of high-focus, allowing you to get more work done."

Written by Philippa Warr
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