Ariel is the Founder of InteraXon, the makers of Muse: the brain sensing headband. She is also a neuroscientist, innovator, mother, and entrepreneur whose driving purpose is to empower and help others overcome mental obstacles in order to live healthy, happy lives and reach their maximum potential.
We’ve had Ariel on before talking about How to Overcome the Knots in your Head on Episode 45. Real tactical tips to overcome your obstacles and help change your mindset. I’ve received so much feedback on this episode that people have really liked the tactical exercises versus the theoretical stuff. In fact, one of our listeners shared it the episode with her teenage daughter and she was saying that it really built her confidence!
About Muse 2
Muse® 2 uses built-in biosignal, inertial, and heart sensors to create real-time audio experiences in four key areas to help users find focused calm, improve posture, and increase breath and heart awareness. With the companion app, Muse® 2 translates meditators’ internal states into immersive soundscapes to provide subtle guidance during meditation.
Muse 1 gives you real time feedback on your brain during meditations. It is essentially the personal meditation system that fits in your head and gather data on when your mind is focused or when it wondered so that you can build a stronger meditation practice of data.
Muse 2 teaches people that brain is amazing but meditation has a much greater gateway. Meditation is all about breathing, sitting, how your heart is moving, how your body is moving and then they built a sensor to each one of those facets just like what they did for the brain.
The new headband also has a PPG sensor the tracks your heart rate so that you can get real-time feedback on your heart, it has sensors that will be able to track breathing so that you can see each inhalation and exhalation. It also has sensors that will be track your movements. From there they created this three beautiful experiences around heart, breath and body so that you can get real-time feedback around those practice.
How Muse 2 Works
Muse 2 had the same factor as his predecessor Muse 1 which is a small little headband that fits in your head just like an eyeglass. The form factor is a little bit slimmer and along the way they have created a smart glasses that read EEG and through the process of building smart glasses that could read your brain they develop the EEG smaller so they can take that and incorporate it into the new Muse. The new Muse is smaller and lighter but it has more power and more sensors.
They also added a PPG sensor next to the EEG sensors on your forehead that turns out to be more accurate than reading EEG on your wrist because reading your heart rate from your forehead is more reliable then your wrist.
Just like the Apple wristband where a red light go through your skin to be able to see the blood flow at any moment so it sinks in real-time in your heartbeat. In that perspective, they develop the headband that translate your heart's activity into a beating of a drum so you can actually hear every single beat like a beating of a drum plus they paired that with real-time feedback with your breathe.
When using your heart rate you can actually track each and every one of your breath and correlated it with your movement when you breathe in and out. Using these fusion of sensors, you can actually track each and every one of your breath in crisp real-time and then from there gives you guided reading exercises.
“The first sensation is never the right sensation”
“When you practice meditation over time, the impact of your emotions is not as dramatic in your mind and your body”
Ariel also shared about Muse Facebook group community which allowed them to support each other and hold each other accountable during their meditation sessions, their struggles during meditations and finding their best practices.
“Give yourself time”
“Turn of your inner critic”
About Muse® by Interaxon Inc.:
At Muse®, our team of neuroscientists, meditation teachers, and engineers develop state-of-the-art experiences using research grade EEG technology. Our goal is to help individuals build a rewarding meditation practice and live healthier, happier, more connected lives. Our products include Muse® and Muse® 2, brain sensing headbands that are designed to help users meditate by providing real-time audio and visual feedback on their meditative state through the Muse® companion app.
Connect with Ariel:
Website: Muse | The Brain Sensing Headband
- LinkedIn: Ariel Garten on LinkedIn
- Twitter: @ariel_garten and @ChooseMuse
- Facebook: Muse on Facebook
- Instagram: @Choosemuse @ariels musings
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