Speaking to appropriate departments within the university enabled me to practice communication skills. Following is a documentation of conversation made via email regarding access to virtual reality, programming and research prompts. By getting in contact with the Creative Technologies department I was able to enquire about equipment, for example using the Muse headband to experiment with my studio practice.
Muse is a brain fitness tool that measures brain signals much like a heart rate monitor senses your heartbeat.
Muse’s 7 finely calibrated sensors – 2 on the forehead, 2 behind the ears plus 3 reference sensors – detect and measure the activity of your brain.
Muse detects a range of brain electrical activity and transforms it into easily understandable experiences. The Muse app transforms raw brain signals into many different components – noise, oscillations, non-periodic characteristics, and transient and event-related brain events. Signal processing and machine learning techniques are applied to the brain signal components to control the experience in real time.
Muse is a state-of-the-art EEG system that uses advanced signal processing algorithms to train beginner and intermediate meditators at controlling their focus. Muse detects a range of brain electrical activity and transforms it into easily understandable experiences.
The Muse app decomposes raw brainwave signals into their component oscillations, non-periodic characteristics, transient brain events, and noise, and uses techniques developed through machine learning to make the experience responsive, in real time.
Muse will help you see how your focus changed during your session. Monitoring changes and trends over time in each state helps you to track your progress.
Experimenting with the Muse headband I was able to measure heart rate and brain signals in correspondence with the art work. This helped evidence how the public may react to the work, inspired by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer pursuit in technological measurements and advancements.
Although I didn’t choose to pursue this, it was important to experiment and advance my studio practice.