I am seeing a measurable effect, but an effect in what precisely? I’ve trawled the forums and when the question is raised about the app algorithms, the stock answer, in a very polite way, is “We don’t discuss this, it’s our secret sauce”. I respect Muses’s right to privacy in this matter but would like to register my thoughts on why I see this as counter-productive and at odds with the ethos of the muse product as a whole.
So there’s no doubt that the Muse system is of a very high build quality. You can just tell the chipset used in the headband is pukka in the way the bluetooth connections to IOS are very stable and fast. A lot of my of bluetooth gear is very at awkward at connecting - I think of it as the passive aggressive radio stack. It’s clear that the Muse bluetooth stack is spot on 10/10. Also, It looks like the hardware is gaining some acceptance in the research community which gives me a lot of confidence, The open SDK is fantastic, I managed to get Python receiving events streaming over OSC in less than half an hour by following the online tutorials. I’m sure there is going to be a rich eco system of software applications in the medium to long term.
So what we’ve got here is a high tech eco-system, with high quality hardware that is ‘approved’ of by the research community yet accessible as consumer electronics. I don’t want to seem to speak in hyperbole but that is an outstanding phenomenon. I’ve been into the concept of quantified self for a while, through fighting a neurological and endocrine disorder called (ME/CFS) Myalgic Encephalomielitis, but this is the most exciting tech thing I have come across in my healing journey.
So, for me, claiming that the app alogrithm is ‘secret sauce’ just seems totally at odds to what this rich open eco-system of science and tech is about. The rest of the muse system comes across as so professional and for want of a better word ‘sciency’. The ‘secret sauce’ meme just comes across as a snake oil tactict (I’m sure it’s not and intentions are most honourable). Surely if there is IPR issues, these would be best dealt with using copyright and patent law. In short, it’s just a bit embarrassing