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Brain-controlled headphones selects songs based on mood

By Milton Este     Mar 13, 2013 in Technology
Want to make your smartphone even smarter? Apparently, it may be possible soon. Currently still a concept, but it's making progress to changing the way we select music.
Neurowear, makers of Necomimi cat ears and Tailly robotic tail, introduced "Mico" at the South by SouthWest conference. Mico is not just another headphone set, but a smart headphone set with the capabilities of predicting song selections based on mood through scanning brain waves.
Neurowear released a prototype of Mico featuring a large white headphone set with a fold out sensor that rests on the wearers forehead. While this headphone is cordless, it maintains a constant connection to the wearer's smartphone via Bluetooth and selects songs that have been neuro-tagged using a special music application.
Some say the Neurowear Mico is like a giant iPod Shuffle as its capable of managing only 100 songs. However, unlike anything else on the market, the application chooses songs based on the mood, which is determined through the forehead sensor. An example given by DVICE is the ability to play blues when sensing the wearer feels sad and playing some dance or dubsteb if the wearer is feeling happy and hyper.
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.
The final feature is to determine what happens when the mood changes. As of the moment, if the wearer's mood change, they will have to shake the phone (similar to the Apple iPod concept) to shuffle the songs. When shook, the headphones will rescan and re-evaluate the wearer's mood and choose the appropriate neuro-tagged selection.
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