Necomimi Shows Off Mind-controlled Headphones

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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  • I read the title as mind controlling headphones. :/
  • Strange. I'm curious as for the headset's sound quality, but I guess you don't buy these for that purpose... well, purrpose
  • Mind controlling headphones have already been invented, It's called listening to Gangnam Style.