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Just can’t get enough cute oozing out of every single pore of your body? Silly not-from-the-future-run-of-the-mill stationary cat ears not doing it for you? Read on, my friends, read on.

We’ve all seen the Star Wars Force Trainer as well as many other hands-free devices that allow powerful sorcery to be done simply by the power of one’s brain alone. But have we seen a headband that turns you into a fully functional human sized cat? I think not.

Neurowear’s Necomimi promises to do just that. Well, not really. But almost! The hairband houses sensors that read and interpret the user’s brainwaves, which are then translated into the movement of the attached cat ears. For example, the ears perk up when you are concentrating and flop down again when you are at ease.

Necomimi is a combination of the Japanese words for cat (neko) and ear (mimi), but neco is also short for neuro communication. Pretty clever, no?

The team behind Necomimi consists of a robotics expert, a technology consultant, and an advertising agency. Collectively they have spent over five months developing the product. Brainwave technology used in medical equipment today costs a lot of money, but falling costs as of late have allowed for products such as this to surface. (Furries rejoice!)

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As it stands, the product is nothing more than a novelty item. However in the future, similar technology could be used to help mentally and physically disabled people express their feelings and emotions more clearly. There are many other practical applications that could make good use of similar technology as well. Only time will tell what new innovations the future will bring. (Can you say dog ears!?)

So what do you think? Would this be a product you would want to purchase? Do you expect it to catch on? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Kiriain

    Oh. My. Gosh. I just linked this article to a friend of mine (word-of-mouth-marketing ftw!). I actually want a pair myself. Maybe if I got a pair, I would make a vlog and those would be on my head every update.

  • Hatsumi

    I want one of those… but maybe my cats will be scared… Don’t care I want necomimi 
    Nice article

  • http://www.myyaruki.com Tibul

    Japan the land of awesome innovations!

  • Anonymous

    Just love it. I have a collection of animal ears. Now I need this. <3

  • http://twitter.com/andoryuu3 案努龍

    I feel like buying these would be like selling my soul to furries. But still… Do want. :o

  • Robert

    Like Koichi and the panda hat?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000360053527 Joe Barone

    those are sexy, i’d prolly buy them, but i’d never use them. i don’t see the point in them.

  • http://twitter.com/tweetyburdz Future Dr. Arguelles

    Oooh! I saw this video!
    I thought it was pretty cool. Lol.
    I’d use them when going to cons or for vlogging (if I ever did vlog). Lol.

  • Eri

    O.o Japan, you never cease to amaze me with the cool but absolutely useless things you think of. Though I guess if one were to cosplay a cat person, they could freak people out with these. That’d be pretty awesome.

  • Kiriain

    Yup. And the background music would be a soft loop of “The Kitty Cat Dance”.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DIDYNGWPZDQLTNHWZLCDLP44S4 Michael

    How completely useless.  Where do I buy them again?

  • murasaki

    If I get a job as a Japanese language teacher someday, I am totally wearing them to every class.

  • Kiriain

    You’d be boss then. And being boss is amazing.

  • PepperBunny

    Weren’t these mentioned quite a while ago? Either way they’re still cute, I wanted these then an I want them now *_*. The videos of the public testing them makes them see hard to use at first, but when they come out they’ll probably be perfect :D

    Think they’d only gain high popularity in Japan, else where would have minorities, are those short lasting fads. :/…..JUST Awesome I think it would help couples with communication problems xD

  • Saitohama

    My favorite part is when her ears perk up as the completely oblivious guy walks by ^^

  • http://www.tofugu.com/ Hashi

    Right? I’m pretty sure a girl with robotic cat ears would make me at least look her way.

  • http://www.tofugu.com/ Hashi

    The important question is what happens when a cat wears these ears?

  • Abi

    Bahahaha! Those are genious! I. Want them, but I highly doubt I’ll ever get a chance to wear them! That lady though! Lol. Wearing them as if its totally normal to just walk around with them on!

  • murasaki

    I’m already the French boss in a charter school…but the poor kids would have ear envy so intense they wouldn’t listen to me, so I’ll forget the ears for that class and keep them focused on the lesson.  Japanese, however, is a whole ‘nother animal. Better keep studying so I can be Japanese boss.

  • murasaki

    I’m already the French boss in a charter school…but the poor kids would have ear envy so intense they wouldn’t listen to me, so I’ll forget the ears for that class and keep them focused on the lesson.  Japanese, however, is a whole ‘nother animal. Better keep studying so I can be Japanese boss.

  • murasaki

    I’m already the French boss in a charter school…but the poor kids would have ear envy so intense they wouldn’t listen to me, so I’ll forget the ears for that class and keep them focused on the lesson.  Japanese, however, is a whole ‘nother animal. Better keep studying so I can be Japanese boss.

  • http://twitter.com/NamelessxN Nina Huang Liang 梁丽娜

    Omg it’s sooooo coool!!! NOW girls (or boys) won’t have to hide their feelings xD is it officel something you can buy?? n__n

  • http://twitter.com/MahoYuu Maho Yuu

    So, are necomini actually available to buy somewhere? I can only find tons of vids about them, but not one website that says they’re for sale?

  • John

    I’m pretty sure they’re still perfecting the thing and it’s not available for purchase just yet, but this is their website: neurowear.net I imagine if/when it becomes available, they’ll let you know!

  • Arpakasso

    Haha, this is so cute! Replaces the usamimi trend from a couple years back, maybe?

  • Shadowxtikal

     I will totally buy them, if i can afford them. lol. could even expand the market and do other animals. like wolf, panda etc. and make a add on like a tail (though itd need a wire connecting it to the head band) lol XD

  • Alexavillarreal

    hey i just love them can you tell me how much they cost please answer me back i really want a pair but i want white ones please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • Alexavillarreal

    hey i really love the ears it’s like you have your own ears so how much do they cost please anwser this becauese i really love them :)