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3 Hack-tacular Muse Modifications

We’re back from CES! What an awesome experience. Thanks to everyone who came out to the booth – the response was AMAZING.

So, Muse has already reached thousands of people since its retail launch last July. (Pretty awesome, no? Yes!) And certain people are going beyond training their brain. Talented developers and hackers have taken a shine to creating their own apps, experiences, and products using our SDK. These early adopters have already released some creatively cool ideas and alternative ways to Muse.

So, without further ado, here is a sampling of 3 hack-tacular Muse modifications:


(Raymundo Cassani, Hubert Jacob Banville, Yannick Roy, Ana Tavera Mendoza, William Thong)

This is a project from the Montreal WearHacks hackathon. A sophisticated hack (it clearly required knowledge of some cool machine learning techniques) which appears to draw inspiration from “Drifting” in the recent blockbuster film Pacific Rim. From the NeuralDrift website:

NeuralDrift is a collaborative multiplayer neurogame based on brain-computer interfaces. The game lets two players…control a robot by syncing their brain waves. When both pilots maintain a similar level of mental activity, the robot moves forward; if their level is unbalanced, the robot turns left or right. Identification of the pilots’ mental state is…displayed on a tablet, allowing the two pilots to test their self-control and, most importantly, their drift-compatibility.”


Pour Courtesy
(Marc Reeve-Newson, Kate Murphy, Paul Shields, Site 3 coLaboratory)

Pour Courtesy is a robotic mind-controlled drinking game where Muse is rigged to a beautifully wood-finished stand with a paddle that dispenses a bottle of alcohol into one of two cups below. The premise is inspired by A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s “Janx Spirit” drinking game (noticing a pattern yet?). Two opponents each don a Muse and use their focus to keep the paddle from tipping their way and pouring into their cup. (S)he who focuses least, drinks the most.


control (human, data, sound): A Muse-Powered Music and Dance Performance
(Bob van Luijt)

In a completely different and beautifully complicated vein, music, fine art and technology aficionado Bob van Luijt used Node.js and Logic Pro X to create a music composition based completely on the data produced by and extracted from Muse. The accompanying video is a dancer’s improvisational interpretation of a composition as created by his own brain.

Van Lujit states: “The composition itself has form and instrumentation. But all variables – keys, tempo, duration, note length, panning, etc., are determined by the variables that I get delivered through the headband.”

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