Mico Mind-Controlled Headphones Makes Official Appearance at SXSW 2013

Wednesday, March 13th 2013. | Miscellaneous

I have tons of music stored on my hard drive but I feel like the more files I add into the pile, the more I get confused which ones to put on the playback. If you often run into such trouble too, you may want to consider getting Mico headphones. Created by Neurowear – a company famous for its unusually geeky innovations – the headphones are claimed to understand your mood and play the right tunes to conform it.Recently, Mico mind-controlled headphones showed up at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2013 in Austin, Texas. Thanks to its unique feature, the device received wide publications right off the bat.

Mico mind controlled headphones by Neurowear

Mico mind-controlled headphones are equipped with something that looks like an antenna aimed to your forehead. This antenna has a built-in sensor boasted to be capable of reading your mood by translating different brainwaves. The information is then sent into the smartphone app. The app will look at the library and put the right tune on the playback. According to Neurowear, the sensor can recognize a number of different emotions such as serious, happy, sad, stress, and sleepy. The video below explains briefly what you’ll experience when wearing these fancy headphones.

If you don’t like the song chosen by the app, you can simply shake your handset to switch to another tune. But then again, it’d mean you’re jeopardizing Mico’s prime functionality. The app can only contain 100 music files, which is lame. Also, according folks at Engadget, Mico kept playing the same “serious” tunes, no matter what moods they want the sensor to recognize. I’m not saying that it’s not worth the cost you have to afford – which until now is unknown – considering that you may still get some fun with it. It’s just I think Neurowear should be more serious with its technology and doesn’t market its stuff with hyperbolic claim.

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