January 11, 2013
CES: Slim headband gadget trains your brain
While a slew of new fitness and health trackers are making their debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, one of the more unusual devices takes a different approach: it monitors your brainwaves and transmits the readings to your smartphone.
Designed as "brain training" software, the Interaxon Muse is geared to help people gain more control over their thoughts and emotions. Worn as a slim, reasonably attractive headband, the device features four electrode EEG sensors and is compatible with Android and iOS devices via Bluetooth.
Also, a California research lab called Neurotopia is examining the neural impulses emitted when athletes are undertaking intense physical training. The company is developing a product called Brain Sport -- a specialized headset with gaming applications to download on an iPad or iPhone -- set to be released early in 2013.