Wave

BRANDING, MOBILE APP DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT

Relaxation & Visualizer App for Muse


Curious about what your brain is doing right now? We are too and we’re excited to talk about our in-house project, the Wave app for the Muse™ Brain-Sensing Headband. We wanted to make an app that visualizes and record brain waves with a beautiful and interactive user experience.

Industry: Health & Fitness
Challenge: Design a beautiful and functional iOS app that utilizes the Muse™ Brain-Sensing Headband functionality
Services: UI & UX Design and iOS App Development

 

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Background

Our team is endlessly curious about new technologies and wearables. When we heard about the functionality of the Muse™ Brain-Sensing Headband and their developer platform, we knew we want to explore making a well-crafted app for this specific use.

The Muse™ Brain-Sensing Headband measures brain signals using a method known as electroencephalography (EEG). The Wave app then uses this data to display and records Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gamma, and Theta waves. Measuring these different brain waves can provide insight into how active your brain is while performing various activities, but Wave is especially useful in measuring how relaxed you become during meditation and sleep.

We’ve previously shared our progress on this project on our blog, and we continue to collect user data and feedback to make future improvements and enhancements.

Measuring your brain waves can provide insight into how active your brain is while performing various activities.

Challenges & Approach

While the Muse™ Headband is a relatively new piece of hardware, we had to consider older iPhone models because we want to attract as many users as possible. We had to figure out the optimal experience that takes advantages of the latest iPhone technology without decreasing the performance on an older iPhone 5. Our iOS developer utilized Apple’s Metal framework for the ability “to gain low-level and low-overhead access to the graphics processing unit (GPU), enabling (us) to maximize the graphics and compute potential of (our) app”.

Since most of the data is collected by the Muse™ Headband, our challenge is to interpret and display the information. Brainwave activity is quite sporadic, giving the data displayed a more of a polygraph type rather than the smoother, calming display one might associate with sleep or meditation. While accurately displaying the data is extremely important, we also wanted to come up with a way to make observation more visually appealing. To create the visual display of the of the data without too much manipulation, our iOS developer took the average of the data points over a given period of time to help normalize the data set, then used interpolation to generate a smoother line for the display. While the exact brainwave activity isn’t displayed, the overall representation of the data is accurate.

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After our initial release, the most requested feature was the ability to record and playback sessions. For session recording, we opted for our own proprietary binary based software to help make it easier for future updates or changes to the Wave app. Another benefit of this custom solution is that the files are quite small resulting in using less storage and faster load time for playback.

Results

Having the ability to put on the Muse™ Headband and open Wave to see and track your brain activity while performing different tasks is pretty cool to us. Curious which piece of music most stimulates your brain or what happens throughout the night while you sleep? Download the app and start exploring.