A Japanese company called Neurowear developed headphones which recommend music according to your mood. What is interesting is the method used, because they get in your thoughts and discuss what your subconscious wants to hear. Based on real-time reading of your brainwaves, the headset recognizes your current emotions and generates a playlist based on them. Emotions are complex and say more about you than what’s shown on the exterior, and if you like heavy metal, these headphones, referred to as MICO, could bring you the latest.
Whenever I am asked what music I listen to, I understand that what’s really being asked is my favorite genre. Since I have such a hodgepodge, Tchaikovsky, Nach Scratch, System of a Down and Massive Attack come to mind, I always say I am an emotional audiophile. I listen to certain music depending on how I feel, and many people do the same, but prefer to move into a specific genre. Music is so emotional, and this technological application wants to fetch the playlists directly from your brain. The invention is called Mico and is developed by the Japanese company Neurowear, specialist technological tools that interact with the electrical signals generated by your thoughts. Its function is to discern whether you’re sad, happy, calm or excited to recommend you songs congruent to your mood.
To understand Mico, you have to take into account that it works with specially designed headphones, which contain a sensor that can read brain waves, distinguishing the different moods through a mail order system frequency. In this way, presumably with a low level of error, the device is connected to a smartphone, and from there you can play songs linked to your status. The system takes a few seconds to create a profile of your mood through brain waves which the headband headset detects, and then automatically starts playing the selected topic. If you do not like it, you can put a negative and hear the next song recommended from the depths of your subconscious.
Presented at the convention South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, Mico left a good impression on users who tried it. The programs answering the moods were surprising, as the video above this paragraph clearly reflects. As we write this article, Mico developers are negotiating contracts with some online music services to have a much larger database, because for now, it only have 100 songs recorded. Finally, as if the nerd alert hasn’t sounded enough on us, in the future Neurowear may create a device that detects what songs the user is thinking about and play them. As I said in the bearded Video: AWESOME!