The always creative Neurowear company, creator of the overly successful brain-controlled Necomimi cat ears and the wearable tail accessory Shippo, has announced its newest invention, Mico, a system consisting of a pair of headphones, a brainwave sensor and an iOS app, aiming to free users from having to manually select songs ever again.
Mico -short for Music Inspiration from your Subconsciousness- is made up of two parts: the headphones with a sensor and an iPhone application. The headphones read the user’s brain signals and determines whether the person is focused, drowsy or stressed. The device sends this information to the iPhone app which searches for and plays music that matches the user’s mood. As a unique touch, LED signs on the side of the headphones light up, which also lets people know just what kind of state the user is in.
Neurowear recently revealed Zen Tunes, an application that analyses a user’s brainwaves when listening to music and then produces a recommended playlist based on their state of mind. Mico, takes this idea a step further.
According to Neurowear, “Mico frees the user from having to select songs and artists and allows users to encounter new music just by wearing the device. The device detects brainwaves through the sensor on your forehead. Our app then automatically plays music that fits your mood.”
If you like Necomimi, you will probably like Mico just as much. To learn more about the product check out the official Mico website where you can also find a recently posted photo gallery with j-pop star Julie Watai wearing the new device. If you look close enough (search for the indicator signs) you might be even able to tell in what mood Julie was during the photo session.
Release date or price not known at this point but Neurowear will demonstrate the device for the first time at the SXSW Trade Show in Austin, Texas from March 8-13.
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