I ordered the v2 of this device because i felt it likely had additional functionality, and since it was the first one i’ve purchased, i went with the latest and greatest. Technologically speaking, this works great. It took me a few minutes to get used to placing the device on my forehead in a manner where all the sensors operated properly, but the application works with you to let you know what is working, and what isn’t. I haven’t had an issue since. From a ‘practice’ perspective, i like that it’s helping me focus on specific areas in my meditation, and it provides reminders in a non-intrusive manner. I can learn the habits required to mediate, without too much extra effort. It has allowed me to identify a number of areas in my practice that need my attention, so that i improve. The physical design of the device is very lightweight. And as with most lightweight devices, it seems to be fragile.
The muse 2 is a great improvement over the first generation. Although some bluetooth connection problems are still present—it is as reliable as my bluetooth headphones & speakers. Much like bluetooth audio devices, a power cycle of the headset usually fixes the issues. If you travel, or want to take your muse with you when you go to work, or just about anywhere, i strongly recommend the case. As you can see in the picture i’ve included the case holds the device in place, and protects the most delicate sensors in the device that are on the ribbon cable of the forehead band. It’s lightweight and rigid enough to keep it from being crushed in my laptop bag. There are some reviews that say things like people getting meditation credit for doing math or reading. The device cannot read your mind, it reads brainwave patterns.And the patterns of a mind focused on a problem with intention, are very similar to the patterns of a mind focused on the breath, the body, or on the rate of one’s heartbeat.
I was previously using the original muse headband and was very excited to see the release of the updated version with additional experiences and sensors. After trying each of the new experiences (body, breath, and heart) i have quickly come to love the breathing exercise and the heart exercise. I find the breathing feedback extremely relaxing, and the soundscape with guided feedback is extremely helpful. The heart experience is also something i’d never experienced before. It’s almost like feeling your heartbeat and breathing as an instrument/drum – muse then teaches you how to understand the relationship between breath rate and heart rate and how to slow down. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to start meditation or who is looking to go deeper in a meditation practicethanks muse team.
The muse 2 has been a great addition to my beginner meditation practice. It is lightweight, comfortable, and easy to set up and use. I had a few sensor connectivity issues the first time i used the band, but i realized it was because i wasn’t wearing the device correctly. After a few tries, i now have the positioning down and haven’t had any other issues. I like that the app sets attainable goals, enjoy seeing the charts after each session, and look forward to seeing my progress over time.
This supports all the latest algorithms released by muse. I can tell an increase in sensitivity over the muse 1, and thankfully the bluetooth connection issues aren’t as bad as the original. They’re still nowhere near perfect, and i expect that the bluetooth connectivity will continue to give people something to practice with (meaning it’s annoying).
I ordered this because i wanted to stress less this year – i was hesitant at first, but i absolutely love this product. So, it’s placed on your forehead and it reads your brain waves, heart rate, breathing, etc. The headband does take a little bit to adjust and get it right, but after figuring that out, it was super easy. The app walks you through everything. I love that it helps me meditate and reduces my stress. I also get to record my progress which is super helpful.
- If you have the first version you don’t need this.
- Former Mixed bag product updated
- Works well, aids my practice, but should be considered fragile.
As multiple reviewers posted about connection issues, i felt the need to post that i have no issues whatsoever. I’ve used the headband about 50 times and have no connection issues or lag. I’m using it with a pixel 2 android phone. So far my experience has been really great.
In a prior review of muse 2, i mentioned using muse 1 for several weeks and decided to get the muse 2, to check the added features. The heart monitor was interesting, with native-american like drumming and bird-like sounds; the movement sensing program is very sensitive and will pick even a slight twitch; the breathing goes by a 4/6 inspiration/expiration ratio, which could feel too restrictive and rigid so some people; if you tend to have variability in your breathing. Neither program dovetails with the regular brain-biorhythm biofeedback program, at this time, but i have been told by a company representative that they are working on integrating, at the least, the heart monitor. It will be great if it can measure heart rate variability (hrv). Currently, here is no way of correlating the results from the various modes; it will be difficult to see improvement with time if you are already in the optimal levels of heart rate and movement. The original brain bio-rhythm biofeedback program has been improved and the response is at least as good, or better, than muse 1. The percentages of time at ‘calm’ correspond to what is found with muse 1. The issues with connectivity, battery charge appears to have been totally corrected. The muse 2 is more nimble and lighter than muse 2. I am looking forward to the upgrades; this is a very interesting and promising technology.
I use this at least an hour a day. Usually try to do all of the 4 meditations and maybe the timer and at night i do the body and the breath meditation to make it easier to fall asleep. I’m 22 and my father passed away last year in april. He was all me and my brother had so it had been very difficult and hard. I was yelling and snapping a lot iflver nothing and honestly this, this had helped me stay in a calm mind all day. Obviously things work different for everyone but for me and my situaiabd lifestyle, it’s perfect and just what i’ve been waiting for.
Mindfulness is the key to happiness. This is a great tool to help learn mindfulness. Follow the guided programs and listen to the instructions and you will learn a lot.
Much touchiest than first version. I’m going back to the “old” one.
Features of Muse 2: The Brain Sensing Headband
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- MEDITATION MADE EASY: Stop guessing if you’re doing it right – use real-time feedback to guide you and keep you motivated
- MUSE IS YOUR PERSONAL MEDITATION ASSISTANT: Muse makes meditation easy by giving you real-time feedback to help you recognize calm
- FIND CALM & STAY FOCUSED: Research has shown that meditation helps people sleep better, stress less, and focus more
- DIG DEEPER & GET PERSONAL: Choose what works for you – Muse will track your brain activity, heart rate, breathing, and body movements to guide your total meditation experience. Use your headphones to hear the sound of your mind and body.
- TRACK & MEASURE YOUR PROGRESS WITH EACH SESSION: Review your data, set goals, and build a rewarding meditation practice
- COMPATIBLE WITH OFFICIAL MUSE CASE: Muse 2 fits the Official Muse: The Brain Sensing Headband Case
- INCLUDED IN BOX: Muse 2: Brain Sensing Headband, Quick Start Guide, USB Recharge Cable (Ear buds NOT Included)
From the manufacturer
Muse is Your Personal Meditation Assistant – Take the Guesswork Out of Finding Calm
Meditation Made Easy
While the majority of people know meditation is beneficial, most people struggle to start a practice.
Muse helps make meditation easy, tangible, and enjoyable to learn by offering a simple and accessible ‘work out plan’ for your meditation practice, with incredible insights into your inner world.
Muse 2 offers all the same meditation tracking and brain sensing features as the original Muse, but now with so much more!
- Muse makes meditation easy by giving you real-time feedback to help you recognize calm
- Research has shown that meditation helps people find relaxation, stress less, and focus more
- Track your brain activity, heart rate, breathing, and body movements with four rich feedback sensors
Muse 2: The Brain Sensing Headband
Meditation Made Easy
Through three new rich feedback options, Muse 2 features a more concrete foundation to support both beginners and experts on their meditation journey.
You’ll discover your mind-body connection through powerful, accurate real-time feedback on brain activity, heart rate, breathing, and body movements. This feedback will help guide your total meditation experience, giving you a holistic view of your practice and how to go deeper.
- Meditation Made Easy: Stop guessing if you’re doing it right – use real-time feedback to guide you and keep you motivated
- Track & Measure Progress: Review your data after each session to set goals and build a rewarding meditation practice
- Muse Meditation App: You’ll love the responsive and intuitive design of the completely redesigned app, with improved results screens, user dashboard, and educational content
- Four Rich Feedback Centers: Muse 2 features real-time feedback on focused attention (Mind), physical relaxation (Body), relaxation response (Heart) and breath based cardiac control (Breath)
- More Sensors For More Experiences: Original Musers will get to experience the app improvements and have access to movement feedback, while the Muse 2 Musers will unlock all 4 feedback options
Four Real-Time Feedback Sensors (Mind, Heart, Breath & Body)
Mind: Find Calm & Stay Focused
Muse translates your mental activity into the guiding sounds of weather to help you find calm and stay focused.
Busy Mind = Stormy Weather & Calm Mind = Peaceful Weather.
Heart: Learn Your Rhythm, Find Your Calm
During your meditation you’ll be entered into an immersive soundscape where you’ll hear your heartbeat played back to you in real-time in the sound of a rhythmic, soothing drum.
Your awareness and ability to synchronize your heartbeat can help you find stillness and calm.
Breath: Riding Breath to a Deeper Practice
Through a responsive sound environment you’ll learn to pace your breath with guiding tones similar to ambient music.
As you follow the guiding sounds and match the breathing pattern, your body and heart beat will synchronize, and you’ll be rewarded with harmonized musical tones to affirm your progress and keep you on track.
Body: Building the Foundation of Stillness
As you sit in your favorite position, you’ll be guided with sound of gentle wind chimes as you adjust into a balanced position. Imagine sitting in the middle of giant a wind-chime and you are the pendulum in the center, swaying in the wind.
As you adjust your posture or sway, the chimes will bring your attention to your movement shifts, building your awareness of your posture and movements.
|Muse 1||Muse 2|
|Mind Meditation||Real-time brain activity (EEG) feedback on your mental activity teaches you the art of focus.||Real-time brain activity (EEG) feedback on your mental activity teaches you the art of focus.|
|Heart Meditation||N/A||Heartbeat feedback (PPG, pulse oximetry) help you optimize performance and improve self regulation.|
|Breath Meditation||N/A||Learn how to use your breath to find calm and fight stress (PPG, inertial sensors)|
|Body Meditation||N/A||Motion sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope) help you discover physical relaxation.|
|5 Hour Battery Life||✓||✓|
|Multiple Users on 1 Headband||✓||✓|
|Android & Apple iOS Compatible||✓||✓|
|Micro USB Charging Port||✓||✓|
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I have used the muse since 2015 and my kids as well since 2016 and after getting the new muse 2 it has been amazing. The kids love the new heart rate and breathing focused options and the headband fits the kids heads way better. Take your meditation to the next level with muse.
I’ve been doing meditation for years now, admittedly some times i’ll skip it a day, sometimes two and justified it to myself basically that i was soooooooooooo busy. From day one having the muse2 i can tell that the quality of meditation time has improved and it may only be that the difference is. The real time feedback that this system with it’s eeg feature gives you while meditating. Muse2 has several separate selections for your use and i have used all of them, it’s too hard to say which i prefer for my meditations so i’ll just go with whichever my intuition tells me to use at any given time. If anyone had be thinking of giving wilm hof’s method a go, then you might take a look at muse2’s ‘breath’ meditation except that this is more guided and also you have the eeg feature. I have had absolutely no problems with muse2’s functionality. I had read most of the reviews before purchase and it was a 50/50 shot averaging the reviews out, i decided that it’s not cheap but i felt it to be the right one and that if there were complications. So here’s wishing for yours to work as well as mine is. My experience is that i love it.
A while ago i bought a sleep monitor that did something similar, but was intended on helping you sleep. I’d notice that my brain waves would change many times while i was in a meeting and would wander off (i wore that sleep meter while i was awake a lot). This is like a much more precise and sensitive version of that. You pair it, set it up, callibrate it, and then follow the instructions to train. The only annoyance i have is that it seems that if you don’t watch the initial training video to the end, it starts over at the beginning until you do. That was frustrating b/c after i got the hang of it i just wanted to jump in and try it (i know how ironic that statement is). Fitting the headset is simple enough and once you’ve used it once or twice you’ll be able to fit it without even thinking about it. You then just turn on the app and try your best to not try your best at anything, just drift. The way the feedback works you can just listen in the background, which i guess is slightly distracting considering the intent, but the goal is to hear nothing, so it actually accomplishes the training in a very consistent way.
I am an experienced meditator and i have used muse for almost 3 years to help me with my meditating practice. Between school and work, i have very little free time. However, i find time to meditate 3 times a week because i have noticed that my level of concentration has increased significantly since i started to use muse. meditation helps me focus and deal with stress. I am very impressed with it the 2nd gen muse 2. the head band is very fine. It feels like an apple product. Muse 2 makes it even easier to meditate. You get instant feedback which means that you achieve quality meditating.
I have had my muse 2 for just a short time now, but have used it a few times. Overall, i’m enjoying it and looking forward to playing with it and my meditation practice more. As someone else mentioned, you can set goals and receive reminders for your meditation practice (e. , number of minutes per week). This is great for those of us who are not yet in a regular meditation habit. In connecting initially i had some difficulty because i have a much older motorola phone that wasn’t up to the task of downloading the app or connecting to the headset. This is more a message that i need a new phone than a problem with the muse 2. I did find that it paired easily with our samsung galaxy tablet and have been using that as my app device. I have used it with the tablet speaker (without earphones/buds) and it has worked just fine.
I am very happy with muse 2hardware:very useful device to get real-time biofeedback while you meditate. I’ve used muse 1 for a couple of years. For me, the biggest benefit is the help i get in order to achieve deep meditation stage. It might seem a bit expensive, but, if you meditate a couple of times a week and you can afford to buy it, i would say, go ahead and buy it, because it really helps. I’ve always been one to overthink everything. Because of meditation and the use of this device, i’ve found ways to calm my mind and i have an easier time communicating with anyone. Software:the software is quite simple i think. I usually stick to a similar routine. I have not seen any major differences in terms of software between muse 1 and muse 2, but i like the fact that they release new features periodically.
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I’ve been a long time muse user, and it is truly a life changing product. The valuable feed back it provides for meditation is extremely helpful, and it helps motivate me to meditate more. I had the first version of the muse from the original indigogo campaign in 2014 and was excited to order the upgrade. The upgrade is really great. It adds more functionality, including heart rate feedback and movement/posture feedback. It has excellent bluetooth connectivity with the phone, and the headset sensors to your mind. Its easier for me to get connection with the sensors to my mind then the previous muse, it seems to be more flexible and easier to resize so it rarely disconnects. It is very light to wear, hard to believe there is an entire ekg machine in there. I am enjoying using it and my partner is using it as well, though he has no problem meditating on his own and uses it kind of like a video game to see how many points he can get and brag to me. Overall, looking forward to a calmer and clearer 2019, because it seems like the entire world has been engineered to make me upset, anxious and distracted.
My wife struggled with the sensors calibration the first time, but once she put her hair up, no problems, no adjusting. It just worked immediately and was able to start the meditation.
I bought this mid-feb 2019 as an upgrade to muse 1, which i used from mid-2018. Muse 2 updated firmware on first use and has dropped bluetooth only twice in almost 20 uses. Both times my iphone was on the floor in front of me rather than on a low table near my right ear. I don’t know if the bt transceiver is on the left or right side – just an idea that positioning might help. I wipe my forehead and ears with a damp cloth before use and it connects in seconds. I see literature that signal issues are frequent and wonder is some diluted electrode gel wiped on forehand and ears might help?.
Buying muse 2 was a big step for me, since i’ve always been skeptical of meditation solutions, in general, and have never had much luck when trying to meditate. I’ve tried using a few of the meditation apps like calm and insight timer, but i found it was difficult to keep my mind clear and to know whether i was doing it right. Muse 2 has completely changed the way i thought about meditation. The fact that it tracks what’s going on and provides me with feedback that i can then respond and adjust to lets me hone in on exactly what works, and how to gear my mind down to a more calm and focused place. The app makes the product easy to use, and has helped me build a daily meditation habit. Even better than that, by being able to track my data and session history, i can monitor my progress and keep improving. The thing that’s impressed me the most is that even when i’m not using muse, i have an easier time clearing my mind and getting into a focused state — now that’s a miraclei definitely reccomend it.
I couldn’t wait to receive muse 2, and today i had my first few experiences with it. It is really easy to set up and use. I am a beginner in mindfulness and i think this unit has already helped me in understanding this process. I thought the heart activity is great too. I really liked the app, intuitive and educational. The headband is very very light and made contact with my forehead without any problems.
MUSE IS YOUR PERSONAL MEDITATION ASSISTANT: Muse makes meditation easy by giving you real-time feedback to help you recognize calm
FIND CALM & STAY FOCUSED: Research has shown that meditation helps people sleep better, stress less, and focus more
DIG DEEPER & GET PERSONAL: Choose what works for you – Muse will track your brain activity, heart rate, breathing, and body movements to guide your total meditation experience.