Mico says it's "music inspiration from your subconsciousness." According to the founders, Mico frees a user from having to select new songs. With Mico the headphones detects your brainwaves, searches for music from its database and then selects songs that match your mood.
Mico has been developed by Neurowear, a project team based in Tokyo, that is focused on creating "communication for the near future". Neuroware designs prototypes of new products and services based on biological signals such as your brainwaves and heartbeat.
Mico has two parts to it. The headset and a mobile app. The headset looks like a regular pair of headphones with one difference. It has an EEG reader that sits on your forehead that senses neural activity. The reader analyzes your brainwave signals, detects your mood and then sends your "mood information" to the Mico app that uses it to select a song from the Mico database that matches your emotional state.
The current Mico tracks are tagged focused, sleepy and stressed. The concept is twofold - it eliminates the need for you to have to scroll through all your tunes and second Mico provides a music discovery service, akin to services like Pandora. Mico enables you to create playlists and skip music that doesn't fit your mood.
A mood changing option would be useful as it seems as if one of the key reasons we listen to music is that it changes how we feel. This doesn't appear to be what Mico is thinking though.
It's certainly is an interesting use of sensory app technology that could prove itself useful in settings other than entertainment. Perhaps if they converted Mico into a "mood changing" device rather than just a "mood reader they may tap into a market that needs their product rather than one that is looking for another music recommendation engine.
The attached video shows how Mico works and how much users actually love it! Would you use Mico?
Learn more at www.micobyneurowear.com