The very kawaii Necomimi gave us sexy cat ears in a jiffy. Makers of this outrageous product have upped their line to include a wagging tail! Christened the Shippo, the tail is mind controlled and wags according to the mood of the wearer. I wonder how many social-shy people are going to resort to this kind of communication in the future. Simply put, when words fail … wag a tail!
Like its friend the Necomimi, inventor Neurowear has used electroencephalography or EEG to control the wagging in the tail. An advanced prototype was demonstrated to visitors to the 2012 Tokyo Game Show. Visitors were shown how wagging instructions or messages were sent from the wearer’s brainwaves, and were read by a sensor mounted on a Bluetooth headset.
Neurowear’s promotional video for the tail depicts how technology can be integrated for a complete Shippo experience. An app on your smartphone tracks all the places your Shippo was stimulated by your brainwaves. The best part is that its readings can be sent to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. The popularity of both Necomimi and Shippo has me thinking, that on one hand it provides an encouraging way for shy people to communicate their emotions. At the same time, dependency on such devices will keep them in their shell and not help them come out of it. Is it’s being used for kawaii purposes, then the objective gets radically simpler. What do you think?