Muses innovative meditation headband gets a softer, sleepier version – TechCrunch

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Maybe you remember the Muse Softband from last years CES. Honestly, probably you dont. I do, but only because A) I was there and B) I actually really liked the companys regular version. Im still pretty skeptical about the concept of using meditation to jumpstart mindfulness, but the Muse 2 makes a compelling case for hardware as a means of quieting ones thoughts.

After a year of silence, the rebranded Muse S is ready to launch. I like the name. It beats Softband, in that it doesnt sound like a Japanese investment firm. S is for soft and also sleep two elements that obviously go hand in hand. Its also s for savvy move on Muses part, as sleep tech is all the rage at this CES. And certainly meditation and sleep go hand in hand.

The fabric headband offers similar biofeedback-enhanced meditation, measuring brainwaves to determine where your concentration is. Sleep is added to the mix, as well, designed to be worn for five or so minutes a night before trying to get to sleep. The system pairs up with the Muse app, which features Go-to-Sleep Journeys essentially guided sleep meditations. Unlike some comparable sleep masks, however, the headphones arent built in.

Instead, you pair it with your headphones and put your phone away. Comfort levels will vary, of course, depending on your headphones. The sounds are impacted in real time based on biofeedback, including brain activity, movement and heart rate, adjusting the soundtrack accordingly. Compelling for sure. Ive got it on good authority that theres a unit waiting for me back at home. Sadly, it didnt get to me in time would have been nice for CES hell week.

Anyway, review soon, probably. For the rest of you, the Muse S is currently available for $350 through Muses site and Amazon. The Muse meditation app runs $13 a month.

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