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Necomimi Shows Off Mind-controlled Headphones

By - Source: Engadget | B 17 comments

Shuffle will never be the same again.

Back in January, at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, Necomimi created quite the buzz with its mind-controlled cat ears. Using the NeuroSky MindWave Mobile EEG headset, the accessory reads and sends your brainwaves to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. The app converts your brain activity into movements for the ears. It was a cute idea and the technology was pretty amazing. However, we'll be the first to admit wiggly cat ears aren't exactly useful. Mind-controlled headphones on the other hand? Pretty awesome.

Similar to the cat ears, the Mico connects to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth and has a sensor that sits on your forehead. The sensor picks up on your brainwaves and sends it to your device for translation. According to Engadget, the Mico will then select a song from the company's app based on the kind of mood your in.

Though the idea is a great one, it seems to be early days for Mico just yet. However, Engadget cites the company as saying the headphones were coming in "the near future," so perhaps mood-ring style headphones aren't all that far off.

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    wannabepro , March 16, 2013 7:52 AM
    I read the title as mind controlling headphones. :/ 
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    Shin-san , March 16, 2013 7:56 AM
    Strange. I'm curious as for the headset's sound quality, but I guess you don't buy these for that purpose... well, purrpose
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    SmileyTPB1 , March 16, 2013 7:58 AM
    Mind controlling headphones have already been invented, It's called listening to Gangnam Style.
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    mikenygmail , March 16, 2013 8:19 AM
    "According to Engadget, the Mico will then select a song from the company's app based on the kind of mood your in."

    Based on "the kind of mood your in," eh? The author has no business writing any articles at all.
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    CaedenV , March 16, 2013 9:10 AM
    forget about google glass, give me a headset that lets me control my phone instead!
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    freggo , March 16, 2013 9:20 AM
    How long until a hacker finds out how to control YOUR cell phone with his headphone ? :-)
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    acerace , March 16, 2013 9:49 AM
    SmileyTPB1Mind controlling headphones have already been invented, It's called listening to Gangnam Style.


    Oh, that sucks egg song? Yeah, right.
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    Vorador2 , March 16, 2013 12:33 PM
    Instead of "detecting your mood" and selecting the song based on it, why not develop a system for something much more practical: detecting if you want to stop, play, skip forwards or backwards...

    It might be far harder, but if something like that appeared, i would buy it. As it stands, those headsets are nearly worthless.
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    abbadon_34 , March 16, 2013 2:02 PM
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    select a song ... based on the kind of mood your in.


    This could be pretty funny, when certain songs show up you might not like, or admit to liking
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    Bloob , March 16, 2013 2:17 PM
    mikenygmail"According to Engadget, the Mico will then select a song from the company's app based on the kind of mood your in."Based on "the kind of mood your in," eh? The author has no business writing any articles at all.

    Now now, it's quite often the mood mine in is just right for this kind of an article.
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    mouse24 , March 16, 2013 4:50 PM
    Am I the only one that wants those cat ears more than the headset? I have headsets and I can easily hit play/stop/etc, what I DON'T HAVE IS AMAZING FRIGGIN CAT EARS THAT WIGGLE ON THERE OWN.
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    mouse24 , March 16, 2013 5:11 PM
    ^ah just realized they were selling this product alongside the ears, which is at a reasonable price... only 70 bucks.. I say reasonable in the sense that I spent more than that on peripherals.
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    alextheblue , March 16, 2013 7:35 PM
    Vorador2Instead of "detecting your mood" and selecting the song based on it, why not develop a system for something much more practical: detecting if you want to stop, play, skip forwards or backwards...
    I can't wait for the tech support calls to roll in. "Every time I have to fart, my phone skips to the next track!"
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    starfox5194 , March 16, 2013 10:45 PM
    They need to make headphones that can set the EQ by reading your mind. I would read what signals you perceived as harsh and lower them. Now that would be practical!
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    ojas , March 17, 2013 12:54 AM
    freggoHow long until a hacker finds out how to control YOUR cell phone with his headphone ? :-)

    hahahaha No.

    All this headset does is measure Alpha brain waves (and i think theta and Beta too, can't remember). Alpha is associated with relaxation, so the more relaxed you are, the higher alpha activity will be. All EEG based applications measure this and react to a certain threshold level of wave activity.

    I promise you, software isn't advanced enough to decode individual thoughts from the brain.

    Having said that, i truly believe THIS is the future of computing, not touch/voice/gesture. BCIs and bio-metrics.
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    billyboy999 , March 17, 2013 12:57 AM
    I think the cat ear things were out way before CES 2013. They were selling them at AX in June of 2012
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    ojas , March 17, 2013 9:39 AM
    mouse24Am I the only one that wants those cat ears more than the headset? I have headsets and I can easily hit play/stop/etc, what I DON'T HAVE IS AMAZING FRIGGIN CAT EARS THAT WIGGLE ON THERE OWN.

    But don't you want mouse headsets? :p 
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