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Ariel Garten picks up an additional $6 million to fund her Muse headband

Ariel Garten

/ By Stanley Green/ 

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Some of the developments going on these days in the world of high-tech can only be described as mind blowing. One development that is really capturing the imagination of many is software that is capable of providing non-invasive interfaces between the human brain and the computer, with Ms. Garten’s company, InteraXon been one of the key players.

The recent Grow Conference held in Vancouver, a launching post for all that’s new in the world of technology and with no shortage of innovative design and developments on display. One of the most outstanding was the Muse from InteraXon, a Canadian company specializing in “non-invasive brain/computer interface software.

Making the presentation was Ariel Garten co-founder, lead researcher and CEO of InteraXon.  Most people find it difficult to absorb the concept behind brain-controlled products; however in simplest terms they can have been developed to allow people who suffer from debilitating physical impairments to control some movements through their brain.

On first impression, the Muse looks very unobtrusive but is actually very powerful and effective. Those involved in this rapidly developing industry see the Muse eventually becoming the natural replacement for the traditional head-covering electroencephalography (EEG) machine.

The process of EEG disclaims the recording of electrical activity along the scalp, which is capable of measuring voltage fluctuations resulting from ionic current flows within the neurons of the brain

EEG, in a clinical context, refers to the recording of the brain’s spontaneous electrical activity over a short period of time, usually 20–40 minutes, as recorded from multiple electrodes placed on the scalp. In neurology, EEG is used to diagnose the extent of epilepsy, coma and even brain death. Another clinical use of EEG technology is for study of sleep disorders.

Thanks to the development of Muse, InteraXon have helped to do away with the dozens of sensors that were placed over the patient’s scalp, and instead replaced them with just six sensors housed in a single, slim , lightweight and atheistic headband.

In simplest format, the Muse will be also be developed to help gamers more control over playing their favorite video games as its technology will allow those wearing it considerably improved capability to track both their cognitive and emotional activity. Muse has been proven to be capable of measuring a wearer’s brainwaves in real-time, sending them to either a smart phone or tablet to interact with content on any iOS or Android  driven device.

InteraXon was founded in 2009, fueled by a successful campaign organized by Indiegogo, one of the world’s leading crowdsourcing companies that helped the company raise close to $300, 000 in seed capital.  Now InteraXon the company has followed up that crowdsourcing success with a very healthy series $6 million investment with one of the principal investors being Ashton Kutcher’s investment vehicle, OMERS.

According to Ms. Garten, the capital investment will be largely invested in improving the company’s technology as well as improving marketing penetration


Ariel Garten was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and began her professional career as an avant garde clothing designer, before setting out on a new career path involved in integrating art and science. Ms. Garten is the daughter of Vivian Reiss, one of Canada’s best known artists.




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