Thanks for your post.
I am in the exactly same situation as you. I’ve been following this forum since it began a few days ago wondering if I could get some feedback here, since there are so few materials about MUSE around the net.
I’ve watched and read perhaps all videos and articles about Muse on the net, and most of them (if not all of them) looks to me more like adds other than evaluations or benchmarks.
But the MUSE’s team approach seems very interesting to me, by letting to their customers the challenge of see it, test it, and most of all develop their own apps and uses by including its SDK, other than offering a ready made / one purpose use (lift that ball with your mind) game
Even apparently young people (and, yes, some looks like hippies too), jokes apart, they seem to me to be very serious people, involved and committed to go far away in this fantastic and still very unknown part of the human body. Their approach is very unusual and very smart too – instead of selling you something that says: DO THIS with our device, they seems to be asking you: WHAT CAN WE DO with our device?
Really, you are right. It would be nice if the already owners of MUSE could share their first experiences.
I’ve asked myself: where are those people who already have it? Why don’t they say anything? Have them discovered the youth fountain and don’t want to tell anybody? :eek:
I have made my own estimates of more or about 2000 units being used all over the world (just the indiegogo campaign seems to have sold about 1500 of them, no?) Or, are they unhappy with their purchase – usually with today’s resources of videos on YouTube and the social communities on the net, these kind of miraculous facts appears in public almost instantaneously ?
Something about me: (nothing to hide, nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to claim for compassion or the so. I’m a normal human being, and like anybody else in this world have troubles with health too) : I’m a Brazilian (portuguese speaking) person, electronic engineer aged 63 (but still a child anxious for his next toy, as you can conclude if you are still here reading this long post), living in Sao Paulo, Brazil (by the way, we’ll be hosting the great Soccer World Cup here in Sao Paulo and in Rio de Janeiro next month :D.
Unfortunately I was chosen by God to be one of those millions of people who suffer from panic disease for the last 50 years (had four “big ones” since 1964, but just diagnosed as so in 2004) – and because of this health trouble (that usually takes you out of the world for a period of 6 to 18 months) and due to the medications, many of the cognitive functions of the brain are affected and I had to leave my last job in 2008, and since them I am by myself trying to survive – and I’ve done it with a lot of coping techniques that one can learn, like: relaxing, positive thinking, exercises, meditation, changing activities, etc. The main problem with these techniques is that you never know when (and if) they are working this time, it takes some time (and many times the consequence of applying them is increased anxiety that worsen the symptoms at first – like a snow ball).
The key points about MUSE for me are:
first, as you said: yes, it is expensive as a toy, but I cannot give it a price if it prove to be possible to get some feedback from it that will help dealing with health problems. (like the other guy on another thread here, I do not look at it as a device that will cure my disease or tinnitus – tinnitus may be just one among many of the symptoms of panic. I have been experiencing tinnitus since my last panic attack in 2011 and had never experienced it before. But I do expect it to help with make me knowing that by applying my coping techniques is taking me in the right direction) – something like the level and correlation between the brain waves that with my MUSE’s training sessions I’ve learned do have positive effects – that will surely will reduce anxiety.
will I be able to record and track the raw data of all those five brain bands (or even some of in-chip preprocessed data, if there are any) to a micro SD card for further analysis at a later time ? With my skills in electronics I’m pretty sure that I can built a microcontroller based device that will record all data in a given time (let’s say a full day or a full night of sleeping for example) – I can build a single Arduino (ATMEGA chip) based device with a Bluetooth capture, a micro SD card and a clock chip and a small battery that can save data for let’s say a full week (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). But as I have read, the Muse battery would need charging every 4 hours of use (and it cannot transmit data while charging – this is bad).
All of these stuff would fit in a very small box that I could carry in my shirt pocket with no inconvenience at all (so many people carry their MP3 music players with them all day, and still with a headphone wire going to their ears). If MUSE had a very small connector I could even give it power supply (no use of its own battery – 80 mA is indeed too much for a very small battery – it would be necessary a let’s say 3000 mAh battery for a full day with no charging), and why not, even its signals readings going through only two thin wires ?
- will it be comfortable ? I’m bald and used to wear a cap over my had during all winter season, so by using the Muse headband for a long period of time pressing my forehead does not seem will bother me. I wear glasses too during all day.
As you can see my main goal is not keep seeing those readings in real time, but saving them for further analysis, with the help and plotting resources of a tool like MATLAB for example.
What about the precision and reliability of Muse’s readings? Well … I believe that levels or intensity of the brain EEG signals could vary a lot depending on many situations out of our control: body and head movements, weather conditions, atmospheric conditions (more or less electrostatics charges on the air around you), and even skin conditions that affect conductivity (dry or wet skin). But it has also reference sensors, so my big question is: with math compensations formulas and transformations or the so, would we be able to establish or detect some patterns and based on these patterns would we be able to conclude something about behavior or emotional changes – and establish patterns on those also?
Well, I have already wrote much more than I’ve planned to, probably most of those who started reading my post haven’t even reached this point.
But I endorse you asking for feedback from present owners, and case I acquire my own I’ll surely be back with my opinions and findings.
Knowing that there are thousands of researchers and PHD’s all over the world working hard on this issue for so many decades, anyone trying to do things like me, with zero background experience in this field may seem to be a very ambitious and pretentious one. But all I want is to get to know a bit more about myself and perhaps find a way to learn how to control my brain and alleviate those terrible symptoms.
Congratulations and success to MUSE, their inventors, and the team as a whole.
P.S. English is not my native language, so please accept my apologies for my spelling mistakes or misunderstood phrases.