Brain-Scanning Headphones Match Songs To Mood


Compiling the perfect song playlist has a well-known reputation for being a transcending, yet agonizing, form of art. But what if we could could delete the agony of finding the perfect song and tap into the ecstasy of having it chosen for us?

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That’s where Mico headphones enter the picture. Developed by Neurowear, the headphones feature a protruding electroencephalograph (EEG) sensor that scans brain patterns to match a person’s mood with an appropriate song.

When plugged in to a smart device running Mico’s app, the headphones detect the wearer’s state of mind and select a “neuro-tagged,” mood-fitting song from Neurowear’s database. The sides of the ear pieces illuminate when music plays and even show symbols — such as Zzz — if the user is sleepy, stressed or focused.

While the headphones are definitely an intriguing concept, they do seem to ignore the possibility that a person might not want to listen to a song that reflects their mood. If you’re steeping in depression, no use piling on more sad-bastard music…that is, unless Steve Carrel is at the helm.

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Currently, the bulky white headphones are still in the prototype phase, having debuted at SXSW, but Mico’s inventor was optimistic they’ll be on the market in “the near future.”

via Gizmag

Credit: Neurowear




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