Thursday, March 07, 2013

More just think about it. Neurowear's "mico" headphone relies on the user's mood to automatically select music.


KEY TRENDS: brain-computer interface (BCI), wearable computing, sensors, natural-user interfaces

Tokyo-based Neurowear, the company that gave the world the brain-controlled cat ears accessory "Necomimi" and the BCI tail called "Shippo," has introduced another thought-inspired accessory, "mico."

Mico, which stands for "Music Inspiration from your Subconsciousness," relies on the user's spirits to select music. EEG sensors on the headset pick up signals from the wearer and send it to an iOS app that uses an algorithm to select songs that fit the mood.

As EEG sensors fall in price, expect to see more BCI implementations. So far, most accessories like these have been playful, but at some point expect vendors to switch tunes to something more serious.

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.”

Neurowear's mico crosses thinkput with music.

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