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World’s first brain-controlled cat-inspired headgear

Unveiled at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Necomimi is the world’s first brain-controlled feline-inspired headgear that uses forehead muscles to control the movement of a pair of cat ears. After a brief calibration period, the battery-operated, skull-mounted stuffed animal/fashion statement perk up, flatten, or flutter a pair of furry ears while picking up subtle movement from the head. Japanese fashion and electronics company Neurowear created Necomimi after the founder’s shyness resulted in a lot of alone time. She studied her cat’s physical communication and replicated it with Necomimi, which sends bio-sensory feedback to others. (Note: hair gets in the way.)

Those of us who are familiar with The Diving Bell and the Butterfly know that the late editor-in-chief of French Elle, Jean-Dominique Bauby suffered a massive stroke and blinked the words of his eponymous memoir. Working with similar muscles, NeuroSky is a company that develops Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) technology, and Necomimi is one of the first consumer products for the public. Finally, a reward for those of us without Botox; plus, besides being cheaper than most treatments that minimize fine lines around the mouth, we have even less reason to talk to strangers.

In partnership with our friends at Glenmorangie, Lost At E Minor presents the second episode in the We Are The World We Create podcast series, dedicated to celebrating those people, and their exceptional creations, that help make the world a more interesting place. In this episode, Bigsy speaks with Sons of the East about changing perceptions, rethinking the way you play an instrument, and what’s next for them. Listen now!