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Headphones Tap Subconsciousness and Plays Relevant Tunes

by TonyBerkman (editor), Costa Rica, April 22, 2013

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Mico headphones from Japan detect a user’s mood and plays the appropriate mood matching songs.

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



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9 comments on Headphones Tap Subconsciousness and Plays Relevant Tunes

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By melanie jean juneau on April 22, 2013 at 02:33 am

this isn't one of your joke posts, is it? You are so good at spinning a tall tale that I am not sure

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By TonyBerkman on April 22, 2013 at 02:44 am

this one is real :-)

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By Coach Phatty on April 22, 2013 at 07:55 am

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!!

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By riginal on April 22, 2013 at 05:32 pm

Tony! Tony! Tony! I patented this idea years back.Could have been a Dillionaire! All these 'happy hour' songs at first. I got married. My missus "stuffed around," (technical term for "stuffed around"...see..."pryed") with my 'sensitivity' subliminal unconscious "yes dear no dear switch off zonenification shuttle boom incarceration "wave goodbye to peace on earth badwill to men" preamplificatory circuit. Even though i abandoned the project and started wearing earmuffs one song kept repeating in my head."Goodbye Cruel World."

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By TonyBerkman on April 22, 2013 at 06:51 pm

haha yes dear no dear ... swith off zoneification .... shuttle boom incarceration ... wave goodybe to peace on earth ... badwill to men ... haha

haha goodbye cruel world ... goodbye ... cools ong

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By melanie jean juneau on April 22, 2013 at 06:57 pm

sure sounds like the stuff of science fiction

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By TonyBerkman on April 22, 2013 at 07:28 pm

doesn't it? Id rather have it know Im sad and play happy music than play sad music.

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By riginal on April 22, 2013 at 08:46 pm

And what's wrong with Science Fiction Prey Tell? (Prey Tell - William Tell's brother). It worked for Arnie in the 'Alien.' I have a very Rosy life thank you very munch.Rosie is comin' round with the sandwiches as i speak. I know you're sad Tony but it will pass if you face the music and 'swallow' your headphones...after all i did! Doesn't the music of laughter begin within? Or am i regurgitationally 'nob twiddling' in vain? No rude comments thanks...(two stirrers). You'll be marinated...married...one day Tony. I'll send you Rosie's list.I think it's currently at about 45% Southern Comfort cheers...must grab a cup of tee hee...

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By TonyBerkman on April 22, 2013 at 11:23 pm

the music stopped playing

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